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.
I’m a firm believer in accountability, which is why starting last month, 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 December, my goals include:
- Take the entire month of December off from my business to recharge
- Read seven books that have been sitting on my e-reader
Think I can do it? I’ll let you know at the end of December! But for now, let’s get to this month’s wrap up.
My Primary Project: Writing Category Romance
This month went by in a whirlwind. Before I knew it, it was the start of November and NaNoWriMo was in full swing. I kept pace with my peers for the first three days, but the last half of the first week…not so much. I hit a wall. The problem was I’d hit the middle of the book I’d been drafting. I had these great big plans for my next romantic suspense, tentatively titled Resurrection. Starting on October 15, I’d draft a 70,000-word novel in 30 days. I even put out the challenge to my fellow writers, but I couldn’t keep up. I’d basically stopped taking care of myself during this fast draft and it definitely brought me down right when I needed the most energy.
But I wrote 50,000 words in one month and finished my first draft this month! Yep, the next romantic suspense is full of plot holes, inconsistent characters, and an unbelievable romance at this point, but come January, I’ll be one step closer to a finished product and I can move onto the next book in the series.
There’s really nothing new in this category. My editor is super backed up with manuscripts, so my latest paranormal romance and my latest romantic suspense are waiting for her approval. I’m not going to go into great detail, but it’s been six months since I’ve submitted the books and I’m getting a little antsy. So I decided to submit to one more publisher to see where I might be able to steer my career.
If you’re not a subscriber to my newsletter, you may have missed my announcement that both Let Me Out and Die For Me are getting new covers! In recent talks with my publisher, we discussed that since my contracts are coming up for renewal in January, I thought it best for the covers to fit my current brand.
Right now both covers are based off the suspense element of their books. I’d like the covers more focused on the romantic elements in each book instead to fit my current romantic suspense brand.
The cover artist is working on the new covers as we speak and I should have something for all of you lovely readers shortly. Want a first peek? Sign up for my newsletter.
Writing is hard work and bad for the health. –E. B. White
My Secondary Project: Branding
I’m thoroughly enjoying the freedom I have now with blogging only once a week. It’s given me time to focus on my priorities and reduced my stress level in ways I couldn’t even imagine when I made the switch. My two year old likes the extra time I have with him as well.
I’m also seeing even more traffic than I did when I was posting 3-5 times a week. I credit this to the new guidelines for the posts I’m writing. All posts must reach over 1,000 words for better SEO, include free and relevant material for my readers to use in their businesses, have beautiful graphics, cover the topic more thoroughly, and a whole bunch of other stuff you probably don’t care about.
The point? Blogging once a week is great for my business and my personal life. And next month I’ll have even more time to do what I love now that I have all of December’s posts written and scheduled in preparation for my break.
In November I made it a goal to guest post for a blogger I’d never interacted with before. And I didn’t do it. I was so wrapped up in the draft of my next romantic suspense, I didn’t do any guest posts this month.
I’m not really beating myself up about it. Over the last year, I’ve come to understand what I can realistically do and what I can’t realistically do each month. Writing quality romance is my main goal and I feel good that I focused on it so hard. Don’t get me wrong. I love guest posting, but it’s not as important to me as it used to be.
Publishing quality material is my goal right now.
My TBR Project
Wow. This month really did slap me across the face in this category. I had one book to read this month for my writing buddy and critique partner, Zoe Forward, and I did it! The ARC of His Witch to Keep was fantastic and you can read all about it on my release day post.
- His Witch to Keep by Zoe Forward
Yep, that was the only book I read this month and, again, I’m not going to beat myself up about it. I wrote a whole first draft of a book recently and it’s time to take it easy. That’s why for December, I am taking the entire month away from my business (I have all the blog posts already scheduled) and I’m going to be catching up on my TBR pile. Next month will be full of reviews and relaxation.
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!