Well, first I guess I should apologise for the lack of posts lately. Unfortunately real-life has been kicking my ass. I won’t go into too many details, but just been feeling rather down and fed-up which makes it a bit harder to ‘switch on’ the creative side. Still, it happens sometimes and we get through it x
Anyway, onto more positives! Had a lovely weekend catching up with family and things are slowly picking up this week. Back on edits and should get the next book over to my editor in the next few days. Am just working on those last little tweaks – and of course, de-Britishing it lol! My heroine is suppose to American but since I’m obviously not, all sorts of British terms and phrases tend to automatically pour out when I’m just getting the story down – and then need to be ruthlessly cut out in edits! It’s a tricky process sometimes, and while I love you Americans then sometimes you don’t just have good substitutes for certain words and phrases 😉 I think for my next one I definitely need a British main character then I can happily go nuts with the UK words lol.
Once I get this off for edits then should hopefully be able to get back to writing (well, and the other one I need to edit). I also have a cover almost finished, which I am loving – shall share soon and hopefully you’ll agree 🙂
How’s your week going? Mine is hectic already – hence me being a day late with this post! I’ve decided to put a submission in for the Carina Press proposals call-out, so have been panic polishing and rewriting some chapters for that to get in by tomorrow. I’m also still working on my novella for a publisher submission call, and while it’s coming along the deadline is also looming rather close 🙂 Not to mention edits whenever I get a free minute!
I’m hoping to get on track by weekend as I have friends visiting and am looking forward to seeing them. Then next weekend, flying visit back to England for a wedding. Lots of fun, but also slightly adding to the deadline panic 😉
A big thank you to all who shared my free read at weekend – some great numbers so hope you grabbed your copy, and if you did that you actually like it now! I’m also working on my shiny new newsletter. It’s going to have lots of fun updates, free short reads, special offers, bonus content and basically anything else I can think of to throw in there! If you haven’t signed up already, the link is here:
Hope your week is off to a good start. I’m a day late with this but hopefully you will forgive me! It’s been a busy week. Have just got back from the RNA Conference, which was a lovely weekend, but def a bit on the exhausting side lol. Don’t think I’ve ever been in a building with so many other authors, so for an introvert like me was definitely a bit on the intimidating side.
I was reminded of several years ago when I went to a local crime authors panel. One of the main speakers said something about how crime writers were a great community – unlike some other genres like romance writers! Well, I think all I can say to that is that she obviously didn’t know many romance writers. Being a conference first-timer meant I got a little sparkly flower on my badge so people were ‘extra-nice’ to me, but I think people were just generally lovely. All you had to do was stand near someone for them to start chatting to you, sitting at a table with a group of strangers was ‘the norm’ and everyone was happy to share their experience and tips with you.
A lot of great panels and talks, with some really helpful information, and I’m already thinking how I can translate some of it into my writing and marketing plan. I also had an industry appointment with Harlequin/M&B, and while I was aware going in that the people I was talking to didn’t really deal with the specific ‘line’ I would be suitable for, they were very positive about the story and encouraged me to submit to the relevant people.
Overall, was a really lovely time. Being a writer can often be a solitary occupation, even with the wonderful connections you can make online, so was definitely a new experience to be with so many others. Hopefully can make it back again, but for now little introvert me needs to hide in the house and recharge for a few days 🙂
So, we haven’t had a catch-up for a while – hope you’re all doing well 🙂 It’s been busy busy over here. I have a new day job – as some of you know I’ve been looking for one for a while as the old one was getting me seriously stressed out! At the moment though I’m doing both jobs while the old one finds someone else – I know, I’m too nice to them lol! Hopefully that won’t be too long though and then can settle in the new one properly.
While the two jobs hasn’t left as much time for new writing, I have been managing to get on with the editing for book 2 in my wolves series. It’s gone out to my wonderful beta readers this week! This is always a stressful part for me. No matter how many books you do, the first time you put something out there for other people to read is always slightly scary – there’s always that little voice at the back of your head that says they’re all going to hate it! Fingers crossed that’s not going to be the case 🙂