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
My full-length, romantic suspense, Desolation, is done! I’ve told myself this will be the last revision of this book. Since January, I’ve revised this manuscript 4 times. While these changes aren’t nearly as major as what I went through with Her Fallen Protector, I’m ready to move on.
My original goals for this book have also changed with each revision. While I’m still very much determined to contract it with my dream publisher, I’ve also opened up to other opportunities if I don’t succeed. But, honestly, I hate contingency plans. Hate the idea of them with every cell in my body. And now five months have passed and the book is still not where it needs to be.
But I’ve finally reached the end. I’ve started querying to two more agents I had in mind for this project. At some point, I just have to let it go so I can move on.
My Secondary Project: Branding
I’ve turned in one guest post this month over to the amazing Mandy Wallace, submitted my First Look for A Pound of Flesh by Sophie Jackson to Heroes and Heartbreakers, and have a draft for another guest post written. This project is actually going pretty well. The draft of the second guest post is a super secret project I can’t really talk about right now, but I’m really excited to see where this piece will lead.
I plan to keep up my two-a-month guest posts for the rest of the year and am currently searching out some other outlets to expand my reach. However, my main projects will take priority over this goal since those are the ones that shape my career.
If you’re interested in guest posting for this blog, please email me to discuss topics and my schedule.
A couple weeks ago, I listened in on my publisher’s town hall meeting for the past year. In it, Liz Pelletier, Chief Executive Officer and Publisher, went over how the most important element in acquisitions now days is the author’s brand.
So that had me thinking, “What is my brand?” And you know what? I’m all over the place. Seriously. I write both romantic suspense and paranormal romance. I blog about helping authors and I guest post about my favorite reads or helping authors. But I don’t really have a reason to give readers a chance to say, “She writes _____.” just by hearing my name.
That’s going to change.
One of my books, Die For Me, hasn’t sold a single copy since it’s release almost two years ago. I’m not kidding. In a NetGalley review, the reviewer tore the book apart (as they should have, cause this book was awful) and no one has bought it since. I don’t blame them. That book was all over the place and shouldn’t have ben published.
It’s a straight suspense, it’s not selling, and doesn’t lend anything to my brand, and as soon as I can, I’ll be canceling the contract on that book.
In that same town hall meeting, our fearless leader went over the numbers for paranormal romance and not just from the publisher perspective. From the whole industry.
They aren’t good.
And I’m experiencing that first hand. My sales for Her Fallen Protector haven’t been great. Even with the fabulous sale my publicity team authorized, the results I was hoping for just aren’t there.
So I’m focusing on my category romantic suspense for the next few months and I will see where that leads. I have the second book in the Afterlife series written, but with sales so low in paranormal, I may not turn it into my editor until the market swings my way.
Next up on the chopping block is the second book in The Outriggers MC novella, tentatively titled Whiskey Sour. I’m about half way through revisions on this book already and plan on submitting it to a different publisher than where the first book is contracted. Reasons are my own, both for the betterment of my career and myself, but I can’t get into further details right now.
Other Projects I Undertook This Month
My awesome critique partner sent me her latest work in progress before she submits it to our publisher. I’m super excited for this book to come out and can’t wait to share it with all of you, but sorry, I can’t dish just yet.
My TBR Project
Yeah, aside from Sophie Jackson’s A Pound of Flesh and my super secret project I’m researching for, I didn’t get any reading done this month. This project was a bust.