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  • I Have An Editor!

    welcome writing After much waiting (okay, so it wasn’t that long, but I am exceedingly impatient), I have an editor! Yesterday, the amazing Miss A (keeping her secret identity for now, ha!) contacted me to tell me she has been assigned as my editor. We exchanged several emails, and I love her already. And let me tell you, there’s a lot to love about her. She spent the last five years working as an editor for a MAJOR NY PUBLISHER before signing on with HARLEQUIN.

    Uh, yeah…she’s da bomb. Lucky for you, dear reader, she’ll soon have me sparkling like a scythe in the moonlight. I’ll speak with her again next week, and she expects to get my first edits to me mid April. Then…it’s game on!

    Speaking of editors…you have an opportunity to unleash YOUR inner editor on the first page of my second book in The Reaper Series, Reap & Redeem. I’m on the chopping block over at historical romance author Mia Marlowe’s page which you can find HERE. Edit on!*

    *No editors were consulted in the writing of this post. All mistakes are my own. Sigh.


  • Novel Tracking: The Road So Far

    The road so far

    For someone who absolutely hates numbers, I’ve become fairly obsessed with tracking words lately. As for resolutions, one of the resolutions I made for 2013 was to buy NO NEW BOOKS because my to-be-read book shelf and ereaders runneth over.

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    I’ve already made plans to fail at that resolution. My favorite Indie book store, Larry Bowen’s Readers Corner is calling to me, and I’ll be visiting him next week.#plannedfail

    As for my writing resolutions, things have been going along pretty smoothly until last night when I realized my novel actually ended 2k ago. Despite the fact I was trying to beat the future 5-10k into submission, book two just wasn’t having any of it. Instead I was inadvertently creeping up on book three.

    So what I think needs to happen at this point is to go back and begin the bedazzling and embellishing of the rest of the book. I’m fairly confident that will 1) improve the overall content and atmosphere of the story and 2) successfully propel me past the 80K mark.

    I’m not the best at description. I think my mind just automatically fills in for me. This doesn’t bother me at all in other people’s work. In fact, I’m bored and bogged down in most fiction when authors try to go all Van Gogh and paint a picture for me. Just give me enough to get the feel of things, and I’ll take it from there. I don’t even really need to know what the characters look like because I’ve already dressed them up and colored their hair in my head.

    A few times I’ve actually been surprised when movies come out based on books I’ve read because the characters/actors look NOTHING like what I had in my head. Later when I go back and check their descriptions, I realize they were a lot closer than I’d thought. I’d just missed the details because I was already lost in the story.

    I guess the trick is to find a happy medium. That’s what I’m going to attempt to do.  Even though I’ve been working on book two all week, I took a month long break from it in December so it still feels pretty fresh.

    Of course, this new plan of action is likely going to kill my daily word count. Last week was one of my biggest weeks ever for writing, and I ended up with 12,529 new words. Rereading and embellishing is going to be much more painful and slow than running ahead full speed like Phoebe from Friends towards a conclusion I had all along.

    I’m thinking an epilogue might be in order to tie up some of the loose ends, but sometimes you just can’t solve all of your characters’ problems in a neat little package.

    Thank God.

    That’s what a series is for.