The past couple years, I’ve taken a huge interest in reading about, conversing with, and studying women in business. After all, writing and publishing Romance novels is a business. And I have to admit, I’m a little obsessed with seeing how other woman run their businesses. Sometimes it’s to get inspiration for my website (content, design, etc) or just to get myself to push a little harder to reach my goals. Ladybosses such as Regina Anaejionu of byregina.com and Shay Cochrane of the SCStockshop have captured and held my attention for over a year now, but recently I’ve come across the amazing Sarah Morgan of xosarah. And it was something she wrote about in August of this year that’s got me thinking twice about a few things.
Stop clinging to shit that isn’t working – you might be missing out on something better! – Sarah Morgan
For more than three years, I have been writing, designing, and researching topics specifically related to writing Romance for new and aspiring authors. I originally started this pursuit because there was so many things I’d done wrong when I first started out that I wanted future authors to avoid. And it worked. The blog brought a lot of traffic to my site, boosted my Pinterest followers, and helped me discover some new friends. It also helped me work through my own trials as sort of an author’s journal such as getting through burnout (over and over again). I took setting aside time to blog to heart and ensured I was producing material that was well-researched, was helpful to fellow authors and writers, and would make a difference. And I had a good time doing it.
But the “how to write Romance” blog posts just aren’t working for me anymore.
How Did I Know it was Time?
Over the last few months, I’ve been less and less motivated to expand on the topics I have in mind (like creating promotional plans and raising the stakes in your romantic suspense). I’ve always been willing to teach everything I know about these business and these are the topics I love to teach about. But if I can’t put my whole heart into it, the product isn’t going to be something I’m happy with.
Some of this decision is due to my refocusing on my one major goal I intend for my career (signing with a specific publisher). At the moment and for the foreseeable future, I’m spending every hour of every day working on what’s most important to an author’s career: writing more books. And if I’m putting everything I am into my current work in progress, I can’t stretch myself to try to make something work that just isn’t doing anything for me anymore.
The other part of this decision is I’ve crumbled under the pressure to publish a post for you amazing writers and authors out there once a week, or even every other week. I feel I’ve really given everything I can into this project and I don’t have enough energy to keep up two sides of my business.
So What’s the Something Better?
I’m glad you asked! Yes, sometimes you have to let shit go in order for something better to come along. So if you are an aspiring Romance author or a new author, don’t worry. I didn’t just go and delete all of those posts I spent the last few years researching and putting together for you. That seemed like a waste (although, I really did consider it).
You still have access to them!
If you’ll scroll up to my menu bar, you’ll notice a “For Writers” tab. Click that and you’ll be taken to four separate classes I’ve created just for you covering:
- Dare to Write: tips for starting and finishing your first Romance novel
- Dare to Edit: self-editing and revision tips, also what to avoid
- Dare to Submit: a step-by-step guide on getting your manuscript in front of editors and agents
- Dare to Brand: building your career as a Romance author and what elements should be included your brand.
All of my original “how to write Romance” posts are integrated into these classes and have been updated, expanded, and include a lot more hands on materials you can use to start your Romance career.
By turning my posts into a class, I’ve tried to make it so you can learn at your own pace in an orderly, by-subject manner. It also takes the pressure off me because the materials are already written and I’m giving you everything I’ve learned throughout the years from contracts to revisions in one place.
Wait, There’s More?
Remember those author journal posts I mentioned above? Well, they didn’t exactly fit into the generalized “how to” classes I created, but they’re sticking around! Only now, you’ll notice my entire author blog has been given a face lift and those pieces (such as this one) are now tagged under “Behind the Scenes.”
These behind the scenes pieces will be specifically related to my books, the trials I’m going through with my work or as an author, and anything else I deem necessary to write about. Cool, eh?
While I’ve put years into the blog and I’m quite proud of what it’s become, I don’t feel like a failure. This is just what needs to be done so I can focus on the most important thing that will get me to my goals and help me run my business: writing more books.
And isn’t that why we’re all here?
P.S. The classes will be up and running January 1, 2017, but if you have questions now, please feel free to comment below.