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 included:
- Finishing revisions on Falling for Her Traitor, per an R&R I received from a prospective publisher.
- Keeping a set writing schedule
And for April, I’m setting out to:
- Revise my next romantic suspense, Resurrecting Her Special Agent.
MY PRIMARY PROJECT: WRITING CATEGORY ROMANCE
I finished the revise and resubmit for Falling for Her Traitor!
It feels so good to say that. Seriously. This book—the entire series—has taken a lot out of me. I started this book in 2013, finished the first draft in 2014, and have been revising, submitting, and resubmitting since. That’s two years, people! And while I know this isn’t the last time this book is going to go through revisions and edits, I think I’ve finally satisfied my inner editor and have brought my A-game.
In fact, I even left the husband and child at home while I checked into a nearby hotel just so I could have a few days to get these revisions done. 6 hours of writing the first night, 12 hours of the day the second, and 3 on the last. By the end of the major rewrites, my brain had been thoroughly fried. I laughed. I cried. Hell, I even cut myself because I started stabbing at a block of ice from the frustration of it all.
And I loved every second of it.
As for the revise and resubmit on this project, the editor also asked for a series outline (which I’ve never written before) and with some help of a fellow author, I was able to submit the revised manuscript and series proposal. Now I wait, as always in the publishing industry, but a huge weight has already been lifted. Until the next project.
The second book in my Afterlife series, His Seductive Target, has gone back out on submission. With paranormal romance sales where they are right now, especially demons, it’s been a tough sell to my editor. And that’s okay! Nothing personal. There was discussion of my rewriting the book into shifters, but there are some things I’m just not willing to do. I write demons, not shifters. But there are still a few publishers taking on demon romances, so back out on submission we go!￼
I’m currently writing up the series proposal for the rest of the series and it should be going out to publishers in the next couple of days.
MY SECONDARY PROJECT: CONTINUING EDUCATION
With my head so wrapped up in revisions with my romantic suspense series, I haven’t been able to get any continuing education done this month. But I fully plan on making up for lost time in April with a few courses. I’d love to take Angela James’s Before You Hit Send course as well as see what James Patterson’s Masterclass has in store.
“To write is human, to edit is divine.” –Stephen King
MY TBR PROJECT
No personal reading this month. However, with my latest revise and resubmit off to the publisher, I’m more than happy to dive back into all the books I’ve been missing out on.
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.