It’s the end of the month and time for another segment of my monthly Wrap Up. This is where I open up about running my business [yes, writing is a business] and let you have a sneak peak into the dirty details of a Romance author’s career. I’m covering which projects I’m working on, any set backs or opportunities that come my way, the truth about submissions, and more.
My Main Project: Writing Category Romance
The second book in my Afterlife series, His Seductive Target, is officially submitted to my editor. I can’t tell you how good it feels to get this book off my plate. I honestly didn’t expect the revisions/rewrites would take three months. That’s three different rounds of editing.
Round one consisted of a complete rewrite. I deleted chapters, added chapters, changed character names, moved scenes and whole chapters, and more. This took an entire month, but had to be done.
Round two was making sure I was showing instead of telling, deepening the romance, mapping the flow, and expanding on my hero and heroine. Most of the dirty work had been done in round one, but these revisions took about a month as well. I dived deeper into the Enneagram Personality System as well as Michael Hauge’s Six Stage Plot Structure and came back with some awesome insights I could apply to this round. Worked out well, in my opinion. I did end up writing a whole brand new chapter into this round to get my heroine over her trust issues with the hero. However, it wasn’t as difficult a task as I’d originally thought. I wrote the chapter in two days and edited it on the third. Added to the romance and my word count. Win-win.
Round three took most of my patience. I have an entire list of crutch words, phrases, and actions that needed to be rewritten. And, because I’m not good with words (ha ha!) most of those crutch words were deleted altogether without me replacing them. Unless needed.
So now I wait for news.
The first book in my Agents of Task Force 17 series, my first full-length romantic suspense, Desolation, is out on submission to one publisher, the one I actually wrote the book for. But I won’t hear back from the editor there for a couple more months. September at the earliest.
The book is also on submission to my editor at Entangled, who sent back a Revise and Resubmit letter. No major changes, but some inconsistencies that need to be addressed if I want an offer on the book. I’ll be attacking these within the next week or so and resubmitting.
And now, the second book in my Afterlife series is on submission to my editor at Entangled. I most likely won’t hear anything back from her for about a month.
I’ve recently asked one of my publishers for the rights back on my MC Romance, Sour Cherry, and they agreed. The sales just haven’t been great, I’ve never been in love with the cover [where’s the motorcycle!?], and the point of view is all wrong. I could probably come up with more reasons, but we’ll stick with those three. The book will be getting a makeover. New cover, new title, the hero’s point of view will be added, and I’ll be rewriting it into 3rd-person point of view. All to make the book free for my readers.
Yep, you heard me. If things go as planned, I’ll be giving the new novella away to readers for free as a thank you and a sample before you agree to buy my other books. Awesome, huh? Well, I think it’s awesome.
The cover reveal for this book was sent out in my newsletter today, but you can catch the reveal next week on this blog.
Once revisions for Desolation are resubmitted and I’ve uploaded Outrigger, I’ll be finishing the draft of my next full-length romantic suspense, Resurrection. This is the second book in my Agents of Task Force 17 series and has about 9,000 words already written in it from last year.
I’m really excited about this reunited lovers story and can’t wait to see where these characters are taking me. I plan on devoting the rest of the year to get this book drafted and revised in case of a series contract of the first book, but will be implementing Candace Haven’s Fast Draft and Revision Hell workshop to this manuscript.
My Secondary Project: Branding
Going from blogging five days a week to three days a week has taken a huge burden off my shoulders and opened my schedule so I could get those revisions done on my main project. This had made a huge difference and opened up a lot more opportunities for me to stay on top of my “to do” list. Some day, I may go back to blogging more than three days a week, but not likely. With every book I write, I’m aiming for bigger contracts with bigger publishers and writing will most likely take up more time.
Lightening that load included cutting back on guest posts as well. However, this month I was able to turn in one guest post over to Heroes and Heartbreakers and draft another.
I’ve found a new website, similar to this blog, where I’ll also be submitting some guest posts, but that may happen next month.
My TBR Project
Sadly, I’ve been so wrapped up in submissions, revisions, blogging, and a new day job, I haven’t finished any of the books I started this month.
That’s it for this month’s Wrap Up. I thoroughly enjoy giving you a sneak peak into the life a Romance author. If there’s something you’d like to see in these wrap ups or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!