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: WRITING CATEGORY ROMANCE
The Revise and Resubmit for my full-length romantic suspense is officially finished and turned into my editor. The revisions weren’t as bad as I’d originally believed, but I did have to rewrite one chapter completely. The main changes were to keep my heroine’s emotions consistent when it came to the hero and a few technical details with my setting layout.
I’ve also spent the last few weeks getting my free story, Outrigger, ready for my newsletter subscribers. I laid out my plans to switch the book from first person to third person and convert the style into showing instead of telling, but a whole lot more than that changed. Some plot, some character names, and a whole lot of unnecessary words were cut. It’s amazing how much you learn in just two years. Now, the book is off to my critique partner for review before I upload it for subscribers.
The first book in my Agents of Task Force 17 series, my first full-length romantic suspense, Desolation, is out on submission to one publisher, the one I actually wrote the book for, but I’ve also sent it to my editor at Entangled as well. However, I won’t hear back from either editor for a couple more months.
The second book in my Afterlife series is also on submission to my editor at Entangled. I most likely won’t hear anything back from her for another month or so.
Last month, I asked one of my publishers for the rights back on my MC Romance, Sour Cherry, and they agreed. The book has been revised into my free Outrigger story and I’m excited to share the new product with you.
This month, I’ve also requested the rights back to White Trash Beautiful, my first ever published book. Just like with Sour Cherry, the book didn’t have the quality my latest do now, the cover didn’t fit the story, and the sales haven’t been excellent for over a year. I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do with this story, but I’ll more than likely trash it. There are a lot of triggers in the book such as prostitution and torture and I don’t have the patience or know-how on how to fix it.
Starting tomorrow, October 1, I’m starting the draft of my next full-length romantic suspense, Resurrection. This is the second book in my Agents of Task Force 17 series and has about 9,000 words already written in it from last year. However, since it’s been almost two years since I’e opened that document and I’ve plotted out over half the book, those 9,000 words will most likely change.
I’m really excited about this reunited lovers story and can’t wait to see where these characters are taking me. I plan on devoting the entire month of October to get this book drafted and the rest of the year for revisions in case of a series contract of the first book. For this draft, I’ll be implementing Candace Havens’s Fast Draft program, but only writing about 2,000 words a day throughout October.
MY SECONDARY PROJECT: BRANDING
Going from blogging five days a week to three days a week has taken a huge burden off my shoulders and opened my schedule so I could get those revisions done on my main projects, but I need to cut back once again. While blogging three times a week has made a huge difference and opened up a lot more opportunities for me to stay on top of my “to do” list, I need to concentrate on my main projects (books).
So from now until the end of the year (at least), I’ll be blogging once a week. However, these posts will be more informative, deeper in content, and cover a more specific range of topics. Rather than a bunch of little posts between 300-500 words throughout the week, these posts will range from 1500-2000 words and have a lot more resources for you. I’m excited to bring you the first post on October 2.
Lightening that load included cutting back on guest posts as well. This month I wasn’t able to write any guest posts for Heroes and Heartbreakers, but I do have an awesome post coming to you over at She’s Novel on October 7. This post covers how you can recover from writing burnout and was so much fun to write.
Right now, I’d love to find more blogs similar to mine to post at and hopefully, I’ll be able to bring some of those bloggers over here.
MY TBR PROJECT
This month I actually finished two books that had been sitting on my Kindle for a while:
- Charming the Beast by Cynthia Eden
- Alpha One by Cynthia Eden
Obviously, I’m on a Cynthia Eden kick. She’s released over 10 books this year so I’m actually falling behind, but it’s great to see how an accomplished author can write in two different genres at the same time.
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!