Reaping The Benefits: Tracking Book 3 and Book 2 Edits

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I received my next two contracts from Harlequin in the mail last week and diligently filed them away. I can’t believe this is becoming routine.

Monday, August 12, I’ll get my structural edits for Reap & Redeem, book two of my Reaper Series.

My goal (admittedly impossible) was to finish writing book three before the book two edits arrived. That did not happen. Life happened.

What did happen is that I wrote 24,646 words in fifteen days, and now I’m sitting at 61K on book three. I still have to write the ending and the entire first draft feels thin to me. After my book two edits are finished, I’ll be ready to tackle it again. I need to be over 80K at completion. And I have to turn it in by October 31.

Now THAT is scary.

I have a problem with all of my books actually ending around 70K then I tack stuff onto the end. Apparently, I should be writing 70K length books. But the contract says 80k and that’s what I’ll do. Originally I thought I would write maybe ten books in this series but it’s feeling more like a trilogy.

I have plenty of characters I can spin off into a new direction however, so we’ll see.

After I finish with book three, Reap & Reveal, I plan to take a break and wait for at least one of them to publish. It looks like Jan-March will be the likely time frame for Reap & Repent. Reap & Redeem should come out three months later. I can’t wait to have a book out so I can start sharing and promoting it!

Although, I don’t think I’ll be able to stay away from the keyboard for long.

I have two other book ideas eating a hole in my NOVEL IDEAS folder. One is a ghost romance and the other is an erotic vacation romance. I also plan to write a Reaper short story to post on my site or sub to an anthology once the books start publishing.

Once the writing Kraken is released, it won’t go easily back into the dark night.

9 Responses to Reaping The Benefits: Tracking Book 3 and Book 2 Edits

  1. Admittedly, I haven’t finished reading the first draft of Reveal, and it needs some plumping up here and there, but it’s solid storyline and great characters. You’ve got this going on. It’s awesome. Only 20k to go, that’s easy! 🙂

    I had a badass idea for a YA novel in a dream last night. Unfortunately, it would make a better book 2 than a first book. I’m like, brain, what is going on? A) We don’t write YA and B) We need the first book first!

    I’m sooooo excited about Reap & Repent!

  2. I try to get on a schedule and write like you do, but it doesn’t happen. I am haphazard and in awe

  3. I can’t wait for your books to come out! I can see why you would like to take a little break from writing after you put the three books to bed. I have no idea how you work full time, take care of Grace and write. You are superwoman. But I predict once you wrap up all three books, that’s when you’ll get that hot idea that demands to be written. And you’ll be back at it.

  4. I think you and Allison are both writing machines. You’re making it happen. Woohoo!

  5. I agree with the writing machine comments, and I love the ghost romance idea.