Tuesday, January 28, 2014

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!

Lily of the Field is #12 on the Amazon inspirational romance list!

Here's link if you want to take a look!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/digital-text/158439011/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_kstore_1_5_last.

Check it out while it lasts!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Contest Judging

I volunteered to be a judge for the RITA contest this year. The RITA is a contest sponsored by the RWA (Romance Writer's of America) every year. It covers the full gambit of romance writing, inspirational, sweet, erotic, suspense, well you get the picture!

Less than a week ago I received my eight books for judging How exciting! Judges have no idea what kind or what author's books they'll receive. Since I'm an avid reader, it was just like opening a Christmas gift to see what books were inside the box! Although I can't divulge the books, I received, I can say I'm excited to read new to me authors.

This isn't the first time I've judged a contest. I was a judge for another organization for unpublished authors where we judged the first chapter of their manuscript. This contest required judges to provide feedback to the author's so they could learn where their weaknesses were in their manuscript and polish it up before pitching to an agent or editor.

The RITA contest is judged by a point system with no feedback involved since the books are already published, which means they were agent/editor worthy!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Back to Work

I was able to take a short break from book writing during the holidays. Notice, I said book writing, I finished rough drafts of two short stories, polished them and submitted one. The other one isn't due until the end of February so I'm letting it rest.

But now, with the holiday decorations packed away and January's fierce winds blowing outside, I know it's time to get back to work on writing books. You all know I turned in my final contracted book in December. I received the edits back for that book last Thursday. I'll be busy working on those this weekend, as well as other book ideas in the event my editor doesn't like the proposal that was submitted the first part of this month.

Yes, that's how it is if you're a working writer. Once a proposal is submitted, you start another one. Just because you like your idea and your editor likes you, it doesn't mean every book proposal you submit will be accepted.

So over the course of this week, I'll be addressing edits on my book and brainstorming a new proposal for one of the ideas that I listed on my goals last week.

What are you doing to move your writing career forward this week?

Saturday, January 11, 2014

2014 Writing Gosls

As promised here are my 2014 writing goals:

1. Write and submit at least one short story aimed at Woman's World magazine.

2. Keep up my blog.

3. Develop additional speaking/workshop programs.

4. Develop a cozy mystery or contemporary romance novel idea.

5. Develop an historical romance novel idea.

6. Revise children's chapter book.

There they are. My one word for the year is FORGE.

As important as it is to set goals, it's also important to keep in mind you need to be flexible and/or alter them throughout the year. If my editor likes the proposal that I submitted to her, at least two of these goals have to drop off. My goals are specific and only depend upon me to complete them. Again, that is something to keep in mind while setting goals. Only set goals that you can control.

Feel free to share your goals with me!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

2013 Goal Recap

It's 2014. Can you believe it? Where did 2013 go? For me it went by in a blur, but was filled with good things.

If you've been reading my blog very long you know it's time for me to publically recap 2013's writing goals. Next week, I'll post my 2014 writing goals.

So I set five goals last year. Here they are and my progress:

Work up a proposal for rodeo themed book in an anthology with a group of authors. I did this. We submitted and the publisher wasn't interested in contracting a group of authors. Since we submitted to my editor, she asked me to work up another proposal around my book, but completely different from the group. I did manage to get that done by the end of December.

Write chapters two and three of a historical manuscript. I did this because I received a contract on another historical along with a blind contract. I turned the manuscript for this story in on December 15th. I will release in August 2014 and is titled Sweet on the Cowgirl.

Keep my blog up. I believe I was pretty successful with this goal, although I am down to posting once a week.

Write a rodeo themed cozy mystery. I didn't do this goal.

Write a historical romance with a chapel car theme. I didn't do this goal.

I did complete two full books last year The Widow's Suitor which releases in February and Sweet on the Cowgirl which releases in August in addition to a full proposal for a four book series.

I feel I did very well with my goals and had forward movement in my writing career. How did you do?