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 this month, I’m going to be 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 November, my goals include:
- Complete my draft of the next romantic suspense, Resurrection
- Draft and turn in one guest post to a brand I haven’t worked with before
- Review the ARC currently waiting to be read
Think I can do it? I’ll let you know at the end of November! But for now, let’s get to this month’s wrap up.
My Main Project: Writing Category Romance
Wow. I haven’t been able to write out that sub-heading in a long time. A year and a half to be exact. That’s right! I’m finally back in drafting mode. After almost two years of revising books from front to back, I’m finally working on something new.
And it’s terrifying.
I haven’t just drafted in so long, I almost don’t know what to do with myself. As Nora Roberts says, “I can fix a bad page. I can’t fix a blank one.” And I guess that’s where my fear is coming from right now. I’m a master at revisions and edits. In fact, I’d rather do that than draft, but, at the same time, it feels so good to work on something new. New characters, new plot. New twists and surprises. I can’t wait to see where this full-length romantic suspense takes me and so that fear is getting less traction by the day. Excitement trumps fear.
I have two books on submission right now. His Seductive Target (paranormal romance) and Desolation (romantic suspense). Both are full-length works I’ve spent the last nine months rewriting from start to finish and were targeted to specific publishers.
His Seductive Target is the second book in my Afterlife series with Entangled Publishing and that’s where the book will go if contracted (should hear back from my editor soon and when I say soon, I think another couple of months). This book was really fun to re-draft and then re-edit. Lol. I love my angels and demons world. Every once I while I want a bit of magic in my life and this series definitely hits the spot for me.
As for Desolation, the “book of my heart” is with two different publishers and I have no idea what’s going to happen to it. I spent the first half of the year revising that book for a specific publisher’s imprint and specific publisher told me the book would fit better in another one of their imprints. So…I get to wait another couple months for news on that. But I’ve submitted them the updated manuscript based off some feedback I received from a second publisher’s revise and resubmit letter, but I’m still waiting to hear on that too. This is the first in the series I’m currently drafting Book #2 in and I can’t wait for you to get your hands on it.
But I must wait. That’s the wonderful world of publishing, my ladybosses.
Publishing, where all things are subjective, isn’t an easy numbers game. Sometimes it’s luck. Sometimes it’s timing. All the time it’s perseverance. –Jessica Faust, BookEnds Literary Agency
I also requested rights back on the very first book I contracted. White Trash Beautiful. Suffice it to say, I’m happy with my decision and have decided the White Trash Beautiful novella will not make another debut. As the first book I ever published, you can imagine all too well what kind of quality lies there and I just don’t have the time or motivation to revisit something I’m not in love with. I don’t like the characters, I don’t like the setting and I definitely don’t ever want to read it again. If that’s how I feel about it now, how can I expect readers to buy it?
My Secondary Project: Branding
What do you think of the brand new site? This last summer I spent three to four months rebranding my entire business. From color scheme to which projects I’ll publish from now on, I’ve gotten serious about my brand and how to run my business.
I’ve also decided long form content is the way to go for my blog right now. That means posting once a week (on Fridays), but my posts will include far more content for you lovely readers, free workbooks and worksheets, and some awesome guides (like this one) to help you run your own businesses.
While I would love to post two-three times a week with all of that information, I’ve made myself a promise when I rebranded my business earlier this month: I will focus on writing quality Romance and not the other elements of my business as much as I have been. Which was a lot. My projects started suffering when I prioritized branding and I think there needs to be a balance between them instead of choosing one over the other. Still working on that.
I’ve finally finished my next guest post for Heroes and Heartbreakers and had so much fun researching for it. “The Monsters That Go Bump in the Night” truly was a fun post to write. Focusing on the anti-heroes of Cynthia Eden’s Purgatory series not only forced me to analyze different types of heroes but open my eyes to a world of possbilities for my own work.
I was also able to guest post over at the amazing She’s Novel site about “5 Ways to Recover After a Writing Burnout” and the post was a hit. I’ve made so many new friends and connections from that community. If you’re reading this blog, that means you’re a writer, and you should check out the post too. Avoiding or recovering from burnout is key in your long-term success as an author.
My TBR Project
This month, I actually got a lot of reading done. A complete surprise really. My brain didn’t want to read, but I just couldn’t put down the books I started this month.
- Guardian Ranger by Cynthia Eden
- Deadly Engagement by Elle James
- The Wolf Within by Cynthia Eden
- Marked by the Vampire by Cynthia Eden
Needless to say, my brain is finished with reading for the next couple weeks while I focus on drafting this next project, but I’m really looking forward to catching up on my TBR project in December.
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!