My upcoming release (no definite release date yet), An Unexpected Blessing , has definitely gone through its ups and downs. I really wanted to write a Thanksgiving story since it's my favorite time of year. Last year I was promoting a Christmas novella well before Thanksgiving, and it didn't seem right to me. I decided this year I'd be promoting a Thanksgiving novella and Christmas could wait its turn.
An idea came to me, I wrote it, and submitted it before the holiday deadline. All was well.
From there things got more difficult. My editor requested two rounds of revisions before offering a contract. No biggie. Every author goes through that. But coming on the heels of another editor asking for revisions on a full-length I'd submitted, I began to wonder if I was losing my touch.
Once things were settled and I'd signed the contract, the final editing stages went fairly quickly, but I was a smidge disappointed when I got the galley back to approve and saw the 2013 copyright date. I thought we'd hit all of the proper deadlines for this year, but according to the galley, my story won't be out for almost another 14 months. That seems like a really long time to wait, but since it's a holiday story, it would be silly to release it at a different time of year. (I did ask my editor about this, so we'll see what the final word on release year is...keep your fingers crossed for 2012).
Then yesterday she e-mailed and asked me to look at the comments the blurb department had written about my blurb. Basically, they didn't like it. Again, it made me question my ability as a writer. So, I went back to the drawing board and revised. Today I got an e-mail back from her saying: "They loved it! Good job." Whew.
All of these revisions are, of course, making me a better writer. And no matter how many novels I publish, I can always improve my writing...and welcome ways to do it. But it can get pretty discouraging down here in the trenches.
Plus, I'm still waiting with bated breath for a cover to appear in my in-box. That's always a nerve-wracking moment.
Yep, some days and some stories are just more difficult than others. The only thing to do, is learn from them and go forward.
Until next time,