My very first set of AA’s (author alliterations) arrived. So exciting. That was the very last time I’ll see my story before it heads off to production. Oh my! No pressure there or anything.
I initially thought this step would be a lot of fun, kicking back with a hot mug of tea and curling up with my spiffed up story. Hmm… The more I read the more my internal editor/perfectionist kept trying to rear its head. The thing is when you reach the copy edit stage this is not the place for rewrites. No deleting scenes. No adding scenes. No changing motivations.
This step is just for clarity of the words and grammar issues. Even though I stressed and sweated over every word, no story is perfect. It can be only as good as I am at that point in time. Once I acknowledged truth of this notion, I was off and running with my highlighter and red pen. Yes, I printed out the manuscript. I find it’s much easier to catch errors from printed copy than working online where my eyes have a tendency to gloss over things.
Once I quit stressing and relaxed, I was quite happy with the story. I hope if you get a chance to read my Harlequin Romance debut, RANCHER TO THE RESCUE, that you’ll enjoy it too.
After I marked up the changes and the associated reasons on an Excel spreadsheet, I emailed them off to my wonderful editor. Apparently I didn’t do too bad as I didn’t get an email back saying I’d done them all wrong. J
This month I also signed a contract with a web designer, which I’m really excited about. Then I had tons of research to do from colors (did you know they each have their own meanings?) to graphics and content. I’ll admit it took quite a while to mark it all up and track down all of the links, but it was fun and exciting. I hope to share it with you in the near future.
I also signed on for a blog tour in which I’ll be writing lots and lots of blog posts with new and hopefully entertaining content. *bites nail* I will try my best. At least I have some lead time before the tour kicks off at the end of June to think up some entertaining things to say. *bites more nails*
Before I go, last month Marcy asked me a great question (see Marcy I didn’t forget ;-) )
“What specifically can you tell us that once your book was contracted that you did not expect? Besides learning about promo. Something related to the book itself.”
First, let me say that contracts and the book writing process have two very different time frames. So my answer isn’t actually after I signed on the dotted line but there was a verbal commitment. J And I’m pretty sure my answer will surprise you.
My very first unexpected thing occurred during “The Call.” It was near the end of the conversation when my wonderful and amazing editor informed me that they’d like me to write more urban/global romances. Hmm…this was a HUGE surprise to me especially since my debut is a cowboy story.
But I love to write and I haven’t always written cowboys. And my reading varies through many of the Harlequin lines. So my editor had presented me with a chance to spread my wings and I happily accepted the task.
So in the future, expect more emotional rollercoaster romances with aspiration settings and sexy heroes who will sweep you off your feet.
So thank you Marcy for the great question. J
Does anyone have any other questions for me? I’d love to share as much of this writing journey with you as I can. I’ll either answer your questions in the comments or in some cases save them for my next post.