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 February, my goals include:
- Getting back on a set writing schedule
- Revise my first full-length romantic suspense, Falling for Her Traitor per a R&R I received
- Read through all of the RITA nominations RWA sent me
MY PRIMARY PROJECT: WRITING CATEGORY ROMANCE
I made a plan to revise my latest romantic suspense into a readable book in January, but guess what? It didn’t happen. I don’t know if it’s because I haven’t gotten out of my own holiday tailspin or because the first book in this series hasn’t been contracted yet. Probably a little bit of both.
I spent three nights wide awake wondering what would happen if the first book doesn’t get contracted and what I’d do with the second book in case it had to become a stand-alone or the start of a new series. Still haven’t figured out what I want to do, but I’m not going to let another book I’ve written get stuffed in the back of my mind because something went wrong with my business plan. I have received a R&R from a large publisher for the first book, so I fully intend to start those revisions in February.
Truth: The problem with my determination to never get up is it’s getting old. I’m honestly exhausted from pushing onward, from acting as though these rejections don’t bother me, and from having to rewrite books from start to finish because they don’t contract.
But in the words of Elizabeth Gilbert, “…there is no guarantee of success in creative realms. Not for you, not for me, not for anyone. Now now. Not ever” (Big Magic). I’ve chosen to live a creative life. I’ve chosen to write Romance, not to make money but to get these stories out of my head. Where did the thought all the hard work I’ve put into this life would pay off? Maybe it was just wishful thinking, but more on that topic and how I plan to overcome that line of thinking in another post.
So for now, all I’m going to say is I intend to take another (the fifth or six rewrite) crack at my first full-length romantic suspense in February and see what happens.
Another hard truth: My publisher had asked for a revise and resubmit in December for the second book in my Afterlife series and I turned in those revisions at the beginning of this month. However, my editor has come back with another set of revise and resubmit without offering a contract.
I’ve actually never had this happen before. Usually, I receive a R&R, I complete the revisions, the book is approved, and I have a contract. Not this time. I’m torn. This book was yet another I spent all of last year (and some of this year) rewriting and revising, yet I still don’t have an offer of contract from a publisher I’m already signed with. I don’t take it personally. In fact, several agents have told me publishers and readers aren’t buying paranormal romance, but this was one of those stories I couldn’t get out of my head and I was just so excited about. I love the book. I love the characters. But the truth of the matter is PNR isn’t selling. Period.
For this reason I switched my main focus to romantic suspense last year. That’s why I rewrote my first romantic suspense four times last year and fast drafted the second in the series. Her Fallen Protector hasn’t sold well, but neither has a lot of other paranormal romance. And that’s fine. I’m not alone. But it’s another hit in my career and now I have to decide what to do with this book on top of another that hasn’t been contracted either.
…there is no guarantee of success in creative realms. Not for you, not for me, not for anyone. Now now. Not ever. – Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic
MY SECONDARY PROJECT: BRANDING
Blogging once a week is one of the best ideas I’ve had for my business, but I’ve come to the point in this part of my business that it’s taking a back seat to my books. Which it should, to be honest, but if you’re a long-time reader of the blog, you might’ve noticed I totally forgot to write a post last week.
Intended to do it. Just another one of those things that didn’t happen. And I don’t feel bad. My son is sick. He had a concussion. I’m now sick. And that’s life. Not going to beat myself up about it. Just have to remember to write the posts in advance for next month!
No guest posts this month. Come to think of it, I haven’t done any in a few months, but I’m having enough trouble as it is to come up with my own blog posts. Lol. I do plan on having a few come to light in the next six months, but it’s not such a priority for me this year as it was last year.
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. Reviews are still in the works for these as I haven’t decided whether I will continue posting reviews to the blog this year, but I thoroughly enjoyed every book I picked up this month.
- Untraceable by Janie Crouch
- Sharpshooter by Cynthia Eden
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Exposed by Carla Cassidy
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.