Updating and All That Stuff
I'm trying to keep my head above water. Really.
I didn't shout this out because I wasn't sure where I was going to go with it--and still don't know.
But . . .
I was sort of promised an offer of a book contract. A small traditional press, yes, but a traditional press. A reputable one.
This was for one of my romances and I'm pleased.
But . . .
not sure YET exactly what to do. Diana (agent) and I talked about it. We reached a mutual decision. Now we'll see where that leads. More later when I know something.
And . . .
I've been editing and editing and editing and . . . well, you get the gist, of my historical suspense. I have wonderful critique partners that slash (ouch) and suggest (yes!) and brainstorm (what a help) and encouragement (ah, yes!). So with all these suggestions, I've gone over the whole manuscript at least FIVE or SIX times. I'm just about done. Maybe one more time skimming.
Then I'm sending it to Diana so she can start the rounds with publishing houses.
On my contemporary suspense: She's sending it to some more houses. We'll see where that goes. She says, it's just a matter of finding the right editor at the right time. Sigh.
I've suspended work on my cozy mystery because of all the editing, plus I hear that CBA publishing houses are not receiving anything in that genre right now. We'll see about that. Diana suggested I turn it into a suspense. Brooding on that one.
I did three chapters on the second book in my contemporary suspense series, but am cutting a lot of that and practically starting over.
I'm also anxious to get going on the second book in my historical suspense.
I have another one hubby and I are collaborating on that I need to work on.
I'm also musing on a short story that I've kept in mind that will take place in the early 1900's. A hobo story.
And I could always work on my "hitman" story. Don't you wonder what that's about?
Then I need to perhaps expand my romances.
Wouldn't you say I've got plenty to keep me busy?
Love ya all!
I know so many writers who are a hundred times better than me and have longer, greater ideas than mine, but they gave up; they stopped. The biggest talent you can have is determination. Do you use the writing process as your ongoing excuse to keep exploring the world, meeting people, and learning things? If you can do that, then the writing itself will be its own payoff and reward. --Chuck Palaknuik