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 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 October, my goals included:
- Revise and submit my latest project and proposal to my targeted publisher
And for November, I’m setting out to:
- Finally draft the free romantic suspense novella for my newsletter subscribers for 2017
- Take better care of myself
Overall Wrap Up
This entire year, I’ve really felt…off. And not just me, but my brand, my writing, my dedication. There’s no other way I can explain it. It seemed no matter what I did (rebranding, putting writing first, diving into creative outlets), I haven’t been able to pull myself out of this stagnant place in my career. I fully believe this is why I’ve spent so much of the year struggling through burnout. The best way I can describe it is I’ve been lost. I’m questioning whether I want to keep writing and publishing Romance or move onto something else.
Part of this is seeing what so many other amazing women out in the world are doing with their businesses. They’re producing content consistently, they’re staying on top of their businesses, and have physical progress to show. I don’t feel that way. Ever. Lol.
So I’ve taken this last month to reevaluate my business plan, my dedication, my motives for writing, and really, just to reevaluate what I want out of my career. This included a business-wide audit and cleanse. During this audit (cause I’m still not done), I’ve come to the conclusion:
- I don’t have the energy or motivation to keep up a weekly writing blog. You can read more about this decision here.
- I had to find a better outlet for those writing posts to help new and aspiring authors (coming January 2017)
- It would be better to unsubscribe hundreds of people from my mailing list because they’re not opening my emails
- I needed to dedicate #NaNoWriMo to finally get my subscribers the new free book they deserve (coming January 2017)
- I had to narrow down which projects I’d be working on over the next year and which wouldn’t fit my brand
- My body currently hates me because I haven’t been taking care of it.
As I said above, I’m not done with my audit/cleanse yet. Obviously, what I’ve been doing the past few years isn’t working. Maybe never worked in the first place. The end of the year is coming fast and I’m trying to implement new content/ideas into my business without going in blindly. There are going to be a changes how I approach each new project, I have to decide whether I still want to seek out an agent, and there’s a new dedication to providing my readers with consistent quality Romance.
MY PRIMARY PROJECT: WRITING CATEGORY ROMANCE
No new writing this month, but I have started plotting the scene lists for my next project. No title yet, but the idea is there and screaming for my attention. I’ll be drafting this free novella for my newsletter subscribers during #NaNoWriMo and hope to have it edited and published by January 2017 for all of you!
My latest romantic suspense project, Rules in Blackmail, is officially in the submission stage. This is the first book in a 6-book series following a six-(wo)man security consultant team as they put their lives…and their hearts on the line.
This book was so much fun to write and I can’t wait to see what happens in the rest of the books. I currently have books two and three plotted with books four and five already written (yes, you read that right). Book six is still holding its plot close to the vest. Or, in other words, I got nothing. So we’ll see what happens.
I’ll be starting book two, Rules in Recovery, early 2017 and will keep you updated from there.
MY SECONDARY PROJECT: SELF-CARE
This month, I’ve had to focus on taking care of myself more than ever. When I’m waking up every day unable to twist my back even a little bit, it’s time to get back into yoga. When my writer’s butt is starting to look like the seat of my chair, it’s time to start running again. And when I don’t have enough energy to work or play with my son, I gotta eat better and take my vitamins.
I haven’t been doing any of those things for more than six months now, partly due to a running injury, but more out of fear of hurting myself again. So in the middle of the month, I started a daily yoga practice. Some days that includes 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening, just depending on what my body needs.
I’m also back in the gym trying to work through some painful side effects of my injury, but getting more comfortable going every other day and not holding onto expectations.
MY TBR PROJECT
I really took non-fiction to heart this month. Not that I don’t enjoy reading Romance, but these books really called to me.
- Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
- Band of Sisters by Kirsten Holmstedt
- 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron
- Romancing the Beat by Gwen Hayes
- Risk of Exposure by Emmy Curtis
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 let me know. I love talking with you, especially about upcoming books, my writing process, and what I’m reading. Until next month!