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: Desolation
Major revisions for my upcoming romantic suspense, DESOLATION, are done!
I originally started this book Summer 2013. The words came fast, the story made my heart pound, and I fell in love with this book. I finished the entire manuscript around March of 2014, but with such complicated edits for Her Fallen Protector, I didn’t have a chance to focus on another project.
I’d entered the book into the Utah RWA Heart of the West contest (and won!) and received a full request from a reputable literary agent. But after sending the book to her, and reading over her revise and resubmit notes, I came to the conclusion a major overhaul would be well worth my time.
So started the revisions and the research. Since January I’ve slowly cut about 30,000 words (nearly half of the book) and added 20,000 more. Originally, the book was a romantic thriller, but didn’t have my hero’s point of view. At all. I’ve since come to the conclusion, you can’t have a romance without both points of view, your hero’s and your heroine’s. At the time of writing the book, I couldn’t connect with my hero. I just couldn’t wrap my head around him, and the heroine carried the entire book.
As for research, I purchased almost every book I could find in the publisher’s imprint to study style, formatting, pacing, characters, love scenes, and more. Yeah, my expenses kinda went through the roof this month, but in the end, were very worth it. I learned a lot from those books and will keep studying them for the next book I write for the line.
Now my hero’s point of view is relevant and the story is 10x stronger. I’ve sent the book off to two amazing author friends for help and within the next month, I’ll be resubmitting to the agent who originally requested the book from winning the contest last year.
My Secondary Project: Branding
This year one of my goals is to blog more regularly. By doing this, I hope to expand my reach to new readers, connect with other authors, and help those in need with diving into the publishing industry.
This month, I wrote and posted 17 blog posts for my own personal blog. But for my goal, my secondary project comprises of a whole lot of guest posting.
Recently, I signed on with Heroes and Heartbreakers as an employed blogger. My first post “The Pursuit of Perfection” was a lot of fun to write and I thoroughly enjoyed working with Jenn Proffitt for the piece.
Now that my main project is off my plate, I’m focusing April on finishing up my quota for guests posts with Heroes and Heartbreakers as well as doing a few guest posts for the amazing Mandy Wallace over on her blog.
So much research for my main project included reading other authors published in that line so here’s a run down of books I can officially take off my TBR pile for March for pleasure and research:
- Confessions by Cynthia Eden
- Forced Disappearance by Dana Marton
- Protecting His Witch by Zoe Forward
The next Afterlife novel is calling for my attention. Tentatively titled, His Seductive Target, this book requires only some minor revisions since my publisher has updated their guidelines for the imprint. Basic showing vs telling issues. Shouldn’t take me too long at all.