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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Okay, I'm kinda proud of myself

As you just read from the title, I'm kinda proud of myself. For some reason I thought I'd started my 3rd novel in the Immortal Guardians series on October 2nd, but in reviewing my notes, I started in on October 11th. I officially hit my half-way point (for the minimum I want the novel to be) on Friday, so that means that I completed half of the book in 17 days! I'm pretty proud of myself, seeing how I have a full-time job. Hopefully I can keep it up because I think it would be incredible to be able to finish it in less than two months.
And lets not mention how I'm getting pressure from someone who read the 1st two and can't wait for the third... cough, cough.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Not too shabby, I guess

Well, I've been keeping pretty busy. I ended up setting my new series aside so that I could work on another book in the Guardians series, and I'm proud to say that I'm a 1/4 of the way done with it (as far as my word count goal is concerned). Some days, I'm able to knock out around 5,000 words in the novel, others are considerably lower or non-existent. I think that's because I'm forcing it, and its wearing me out.

Or maybe the Guardians are actually trying to slow me down now that I'm focusing all my attention on them. That would be weird, but they are usually the ones who get me to do what they want, so maybe they're trying to get me to slow down, LOL.

Anyway, I'm hoping to knock out a few more thousand words today. I doubt I'll reach the point of 1/3 of the way through, but maybe I can get there before the weekend.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sent them off

Well, I just sent off partials for both of my completed Immortal Guardians novels. This is the first time I've sent both (the first time I've sent Raider's book), so I'm excited and nervous to hear feedback.

Wish me and my boys luck!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Query Letters

Last night I worked on tweaking my query letter for Dark Seduction. I'm going to read through it again with fresh eyes since I was exhausted last night, but I'm hoping that the letter is polished. I also need to read through  my synopsis and see if there is anything I need to change in that. If not, then I can send to the editor who I pitched to at the conference.

Except...

I also need to work on Seduction Ignited's query letter and synopsis. Hopefully I can work on those today, but I don't want to rush it and send sub-par work. The Guardians deserve the best effort I can give them.

My wonderful hubby is home with me today, and since I hardly get to see him, I definately want to spend time with him. So, we'll see if I get any writing done today, but hopefully I can crank out something.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Pitching

On the heel of my last post, I figured I'd talk about my pitch at the conference. I originally intended on pitching my first Immortal Guardians book, Dark Seduction, but after a few suggestions from other people, decided to pitch the second one - and yes, I'm about to finally tell you the title - Seduction Ignited.

Let's just say, I learned a lesson.

If your first novel in a series hasn't been published, then that is really the only one you should be pitching.

The editor that I pitched to yesterday stopped me about a minute into my pitch (embaaarrrraaasssssiiiinnng), and told me to pitch the first one. So, I stopped, switched the focus of my mind, and pitched Dark Seduction. I'm still trying to decide if maybe this was a blessing in disguise, because normally, if I'd just pitched the first one in the series, then she likely wouldn't have known about the second.

Why is this important you ask?

Well, you see, because she was at least aware that a 2nd one existed (and it came up that there are several more on the way), she asked for partials on BOTH novels! Now, I'm not saying that it will go anywhere. It's hard to assume anything when there is a 95% rejection rate, but I can say that I'm excited that she was interested not only my novel(s), but the series.

I can only hope, at this point, that she enjoys my writing style and loves the Immortal Guardians every bit as much as I do.

Heart of the West Writer's Conference

Well, I just got home from the Utah RWA's Writer's Conference. It was held in beautiful Park City, UT that - believe it or not - already had snow! Not very deep, but still. The ladies in the Utah Romance Writer's of America are an amazing bunch. I had so much fun and learned information that will help me in my writing career. I am so glad that I attended the conference, and can't wait for next year's to come around.