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January 30, 2013 | WIP Wednesday

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After an embarrassing number of hours learning about fonts and artwork and design, I made a cover for Dalila’s Choice. Most of the rest of this month was spent revising and enriching the text. One of my talented friends, Amber Green edits as well as she writes and kindly (for a modest fee) handled the line editing and final proof. All that remains is pushing the publish button.

Last year I requested the right to publish the ten books contracted with New Concepts Publishing be returned to me. The publisher graciously agreed. in writing. This year they continue to sell the six titles they have lost the right to offer. I wrote, gently pointing out this is a breach of our contract. They didn’t respond.

There were long sessions of quivering before I decided to act on my intention to reissue new versions of my old friends. I really wanted a chance to polish the early titles. The rights to publish the first six have reverted to me. The copyrights have always been mine. I’m not at all sure how different versions of the same story will work for readers, but I’m close to finding out. Wish me luck!

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December 26, 2012 | WIP Wednesday

Coming Someday

Dalila’s Choice is with the talented editor, receiving a final polish! The first edition released at 30,668 words. This revision went to the editor at 32,241 total words after changing about 16,000 of the original text. Okay, slight exaggeration. Seriously, I doubt there’s still a single untouched paragraph from the original release.

The basic plot and the main characters are the same, just a lot smoother and little easier to read. Strangely this involved deleting lots and lots of unnecessary words and replacing them with dialogue and action. :heart:

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December 5, 2012 | WIP Wednesday

Busy revising, enriching, and polishing Dalila’s Choice, hoping to reissue next year!

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October 31, 2012 | WIP Wednesday

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As usual when I’m reasonably content the first few of chapters are solid, I glance at word count and begin to suspect the book is halfway through the first draft. I find this really spooky. :alien:

Happy Halloween!

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October 24, 2012 | WIP Wednesday

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I figured out why I like beginnings and endings best. Those are the parts where I know what happens next. :lol:

Usually somewhere in the murky middle the characters stage a revolt and I’m scrambling madly to try to hang onto a coherent framework as the scenes careen past almost faster than I can type.

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October 17, 2012 | WIP Wednesday

Y’all realize the cartoon bears no resemblance to me, right? Good, now that’s out of the way.

While I was sampling indie titles last month I ran across a new-to-me author. Jennifer Ashley (she writes under other names as well) is good and she’s prolific. I squeezed in one of her paranormal romances, before I began work on the third Treeland pack tale.

I can’t read the same genre I’m writing. Even dedicated authors need a change of pace. :lol:

The indie published title I read, Hard Mated impressed me on several counts. It has a professional attractive cover, is well edited and well written. Throw in the ninety-nine cent price tag and it was an autobuy.

She also write Scottish historical romances! I love a good highlander novel almost as much as a regency. :heart: I haven’t read any of her historical romances, but I plan to reward myself with one soon. :heart:

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October 10, 2012 | WIP Wednesday

While I have a rough idea of where the story is going, for me the real work begins with the characters. The heroine has been in my head for ages, but not in sharp focus. Now she’s becoming clearer. I don’t know much about her hero, but I have a picture of how he looks and it’s not happy.

He’s going to terrify her, if I can’t get him to tone it down. But he scares me too. :ermm:

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October 3, 2012 | WIP Wednesday

Last week I mentioned how hard it is to choose a single project here. I want to write them all. If I live long enough I will, but I’ll be very old. :lol:

I’d planned to revise the back list of titles as they revert to me. So far that hasn’t happened. The publisher continues to sell the stories they’ve lost the rights to publish. After considering my options, I’m assuming this is an administrative oversight and will be corrected. But the unexpected delay in actually ceasing to publish, made me realize it would be foolish to prioritize working on the older stories before they revert to me in more than theory.

For now, I’m working on the open series and others that haven’t even started. To keep things interesting, I’m writing longer and that means fewer titles per year. As a reader and writer I love immersing myself in the same story world month after month.

Every series has a beginning and an end. Later this month the final (as far as I know) demon hunter story releases. Meanwhile the civilian demons are lobbying to have their stories told.

And I’m writing the third Treeland Pack Tale. :heart:

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September 26, 2012 | WIP Wednesday

One of the toughest parts of writing romance, is choosing which story to tell. Right now, I’m debating between another Treeland Pack Tale, a book set in the Demon Hunter’s world, revising and enriching Wicked Games, or revisiting the contemporary I worked on earlier this year. And those are just the front runners. It’s like trying to pick just one puppy from a litter of adorableness. :cwy:

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September 19, 2012 | WIP Wednesday

The best tool for improving writing I’ve found is a great editor. Every editing pass teaches me something new. And once in a while the tactful editor shines a bright beam of light on a previously murky area.

Talented editors are part of the package that comes when contracted by wonderful publishers. Prior to that, kindly acquiring editors may mention what they liked or what didn’t quite work in rejection letters.

Anything other than a form rejection is priceless encouragement. Set the editor’s response aside until the fog of disappointment lifts and then mine every scrap of advice given. In the meantime, I encourage any aspiring romance writer to check out agent and editor blogs. They’re full of great tips. Redlines and Deadlines is a good place to start. :heart:

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