I just hit SEND on my first round of official edits.
It feels great.
I had no idea what to expect since this is the first time I’ve ever worked with an actual, real-life, official editor. Angela gave me some fantastic suggestions of ways to combine the two main plot lines of my story so my action would build tension instead of rising/falling/rising then falling again.
She also had some terrific advice as to how I could layer in details and build depth in my hero and heroine. I worked for two weeks, a few hours at a time, weaving in the details she suggested. Then last Saturday in one twelve-hour marathon session, I reworked the last hundred pages of the book. Sunday I spent nine hours reading through the book from start to finish so I could hold it all in my head for continuity.
This week, I reread through the last hundred pages twice more tweaking and correcting.
I feel like the story is much stronger now. My girlfriend, Dawn, read through it again for me after I made the changes and helped me clean up the loose ends. Now, it’s in Angela’s hands as I head to the Romantic Times Convention in Kansas City next week.
It’s such a relief to be going to this conference to learn and socialize instead of trying to sell my work. I’ve never been very good at sales, but I do like meeting new people and this convention is going to be filled with readers and writers. I know it will be inspiring.
The best part so far is Friday I got an invitation to a Harlequin luncheon to talk about the new digital first series. My book is one of the first acquired in the Fantasy/Fantasy Romance genre. How cool is that? Very, very cool.
On another note, you may have noticed, the title is changing. I loved the title Reap ‘Em & Weep but the new title is more appropriate for the story AND it is more consistent with the series titles I have coming up. So Reap ‘Em & Weep becomes Reap & Repent.
The second book in the series is Reap & Redeem. I finished the first draft of it in January and as soon as Reap & Repent is completely out of my hands and heading towards production, I’ll go back and begin my work on book two. I have plenty of ideas to plump it up and make it even stronger.
Book three notes are compiled, and it’s impatiently knocking on the basement door of my mind. I’ve been able to keep it at bay since I’ve been concentrating on book one so much, but I’m pretty sure it’s ready to burst out as soon as I crack that door open.
It’s an exciting time. I can’t wait to see what’s in store with the new Harlequin Digital First imprint. They are accepting submissions for so many cool new genres there is something for nearly everyone! Shivers (Gothic), Horror, Intrigue Noir, Space Opera, Reckonings, Erotic Vacation, Big Book Melodrama, Pop, Mystery, Time Travel, Time Travel Romance, Fantasy & Fantasy Romance, Science Fiction and Science Fiction Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Teen Romance, Your Brilliant Idea*.
If you are a writer, you should definitely check them out. They accept submissions 10K and up in most of the categories.
Get your words on and come play with me at Harlequin.