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 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 May, my goals included:
- Start the draft a new FREE paranormal romance novella for my newsletter subscribers (yay!)
- Draft the first book in a new full-length romantic suspense series and prep the series proposal for a prospective publisher
And for June, I’m setting out to:
- Devote more time to actually writing with a set schedule
- Finish the first draft of the first book in my new romantic suspense series, tentatively titled Rules in Blackmail
- Finish the draft of my free paranormal novella for my newsletter subscribers
My Primary Project: Writing Category Romance
I’m currently “all hands on deck” when it comes to drafting my next couple of books right now. Coupled with buying and moving into our first home, the toddler turning three, and him starting a new school, my schedule has been…non-existent. In fact, most of the month has been non-existent because I ran out of brain capacity focusing on so many other things.
Right now, I’m 100% focused on plotting my current romantic suspense. I actually had 7k+ words written on this bad boy, but if you read my When Goals Get in the Way of Art post, then you know I had to scrap the entire project and start over. Luckily, I’m not on a deadline and right now my schedule is pretty open. Going from a 55k category romance, this book will most likely now be 70k designated for another publisher and I have yet to write a single word of the new manuscript. I need to get the synopsis hammered out first and see if I still love the story. Revolving around a private military contractor and his team of badasses, the idea of this series is definitely getting my heart rate pumping as the men and women of Blackhawk Security take down the bad guys and the walls around their hearts.
Also on deck is my next paranormal romance. This free novella will be released sometime this fall (September or October) right now for my newsletter subscribers and is in the same world as Her Fallen Protector. Really excited to see what you think.
The second book in my counterterrorism series, tentatively titled Resurrecting Her Special Agent, came back from my critique partners and I was able to incorporate those revisions pretty quickly. I’m still waiting to hear if the first book in the series is going to be contracted, so this one is just sitting there, waiting to be submitted.
The second book in my Afterlife series, His Seductive Target, was rejected by another publisher (for confusing reasons), so it’s onto the third and last hope for this series. I kinda had a bad reaction to this news, questioning whether I should continue writing, what I was doing with my life, and how many brownies I could shove in my mouth at the same time.
Couple this with the very depressing realization I had to scrap my current manuscript and start over, I took most of May off to focus on myself rather than work. Not so much burnout, but very similar.
If a story is in you, it has got to come out. – William Faulkner
My Secondary Project: Continuing Education
This month I might’ve taken continuing education a little too far and let it interfere with writing this month. Like I said, I don’t have much brain capacity right now for work, but I did make sure to keep up with my lessons this month.
However, one of the best courses I’ve ever taken actually helped me re-plot my current romantic suspense project. Fanning the Flames by Carina Press editor Libby Bishop gave me the motivation (in assignment form) to get my butt in gear on this project. I spent an entire day hammering out the synopsis for this book so I could start the manuscript again and I’m very happy with the results. I’ll definitely be taking any other classes she offers.
The second course I took was a download I purchased from Brittany of Equipping Godly Women. Strategies Worth Sharing centers around figuring out Facebook and how to get it to work for your business. Great resource I’ll be implementing into my social media campaigning. Recommend.
Book to Course Summit with Teachable’s CEO and founder Ankur Nagpal. I first heard of this course from Regina of byRegina.com because she was scheduled to speak and I love everything she does, so it was a no brainer. However, Regina had to drop out and I didn’t really get a lot into the course after that. The live webinars lasted an hour or more and it was really hard to make that time with a three-year-old literally pulling on my hair to get my attention. The course was also focused on self-publishing, which isn’t something I’m interested in at the moment, but it was free and thousands of people got the information they needed from the classes.
My TBR Project
Not a whole lot of reading this month as I’ve been going through a miniature crisis in my work the past few weeks, but I sure bought a lot of books.
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.