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 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.
I’m a firm believer in accountability, which is why starting last October, I’ve started detailing my goals for the next month and wrapping them up at the end. This helps me focus throughout the entire month, especially when I’m answering to my readership and not just myself. Shall we give it a try? For March, my goals include:
- Finishing revisions on my first full-length romantic suspense, Falling for Her Traitor per a R&R I received from a prospective publisher
- Keep a set writing schedule
MY PRIMARY PROJECT: WRITING CATEGORY ROMANCE
This month actually turned out really well in the revisions department. I feel as though I’m finally back on a set writing schedule (also one of my goals for this month) after struggling throughout January. I made it a goal to revise Falling for Her Traitor (used to be titled Desolation/my first full-length romantic suspense) per an R&R I received and funny enough, I was working on this same exact book, doing the same exact rewrite this time last year.
But that fact doesn’t have me down anymore. Due to some brand new inspiration and clarity concerning my hero, this rewrite is turning out better than I imagined and I’m falling in love with my characters all over again.
I’m expecting revisions to take at least another month as I’m not even halfway through these ones yet. As of right now, I’ve rewritten the first two chapters completely and have plans to add at least three new chapters to centralize the romance arc.
As I mentioned in my newsletter at the end of January, paranormal romance isn’t going so well for the majority of the industry, so I’ve turned my primary focus to full-length romantic suspense. This doesn’t mean I’ll never write paranormal romance again (I have way too many ideas for that), just means I’m putting them on the back burner for now in order to get my romantic suspense projects released.
Through all this rewriting of Falling for Her Traitor and working on the other books in the series, I’ve been plotting out and collecting inspiration for a brand new romantic suspense series that I can’t take my mind off of. I’ll be drafting the first book in the series this year, but I’ve already plotted the first three books. Told you I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Lol.
In other words, this year is going to be packed with new drafts and a serious attitude to get them finished. I can’t wait to see where this new series leads.
MY SECONDARY PROJECT: CONTINUING EDUCATION
This month, I’ve decided to push branding off for a while and delve into continuing education. Not only will I continue to analyze and study the books I read, but I’m going to start investing in educating myself with craft, experimenting with new techniques, and just all around submerging myself in knowledge of the industry.
I really enjoyed Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert so much that I want to experience that same effect of life-changing magic all over again. Books such as “My Story Can Beat Up Your Story,” and “Writing with Quiet Hands” are a couple of starters. Blog posts will most certainly be covering topics within these books, but really I’m doing this to expand my thinking when it comes to my craft and my business.
Webinars are a fantastic source of continuing education and Savvy Authors has produced a couple I’ve absolutely loved. I have a few more ideas in the future too so for future wrap ups, continuing education will be a secondary project and I’ll cover what I learned and where I learned the most for that month.
This month I was able to participate in two webinars hosted by Savvy Authors and taught by Candace Havens (How to Write a Covet | Triage Your Nano Novel) and an email course hosted by RWA (Writing in Deep POV). Later this year, I intend to take Angela James’s Before You Hit Send course for the first time ever too.
Writing is easy. You only need to stare at a blank piece of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead. – Lessons from Publishing
MY TBR PROJECT
This month I kicked butt on my to-be-read pile. Didn’t really expect it, but I just couldn’t put down all these amazing books, but I am no longer posting reviews to this site. Only at retailer’s. However, if you’re looking for some great recommendations, my monthly newsletter will cover that time to time.
- The Way of the Shadows by Cynthia Eden
- All the books I was sent to read for the RITAs (8 of them. Sorry can’t divulge details right now.)
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.