Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Learning Curve of the New Author

Hi. It’s been a while since we last met up. My apologies for missing last month, but sometimes life comes
with unexpected situations which insist on taking priority and the writing must wait. That’s why whenever possible it’s a good idea to build a little extra time in your schedule. But have no fear, I’ll do my best to catch you up on everything. ;-)

In the meantime, I completed the edits on book #3 aka SAFE IN THE TYCOON’S ARMS. For this book, I was shifted to a new editor while my original editor is out on maternity leave. Moving to a new editor wasn’t the scary experience I imagined it to be. LOL. In fact, my new editor is great. And I’m enjoying working with her.

And I got to do my very first AFS (art fact sheet). I was a bit nervous, but lucky for me I was able to access the information for my previous books and figure out what went where. I really enjoyed having some input into my upcoming cover. I picked out two scenes from the book that I thought would work well and filled in the details. Plus I was able to add links to some pictures that might better convey my ideas. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to see what they come up with. It’ll be as exciting and nerve-wracking as my debut cover.

The other unique thing about this book was the fact it was the first book I’d written since Harlequin Romance shifted their editorial guidelines. And to be totally honest, it was a lot of fun to write. It felt great to stretch my wings and try something different from my small town/cowboy stories. I hope you’ll enjoy it when it comes out in March 2014.

With bk #3 done, it was time to move on. I just completed the synopsis for book #4 while on vacation. As of yet it is untitled. I turned it in and my editor turned it around within days, giving me some great feedback and the green light to start writing it. So things are once again moving along at healthy pace and I’m loving it.

And the best part of this month is that my second release, SNOWBOUND WITH THE SOLDIER, is available a month early on Harlequin.com. And I got a surprise of my own, they put both the print version and ebook version on sale. This year has been full of firsts for me and this is my first ever sale. And I’m thrilled to be able to share it with you. :-)

For the month of September only, you can get SNOWBOUND WITH THE SOLDIER for 50% OFF. Make sure to use coupon code CHR1013 and click HERE for more details.

Does anyone have any 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.

Jennifer Faye’s second release, SNOWBOUND WITH THE SOLDIER, is available for Pre-Order now! at Amazon & B&N. She’d 


  1. Hi Jennifer!

    Do you feel like there was something particular about craft or story that you learned that helped get Rancher to the Rescue noticed? Or do you feel like it was more just persistence and finding the right story, right editor, right time?
    This is kind of a standard question, so forgive me if you've heard this one a million times, but I'm always curious about it. ;-)
    So excited you're sharing your journey with Pink Heart Society.

    Jill (otherwise known as Jill K.Q. on the Harlequin Boards ;-))

  2. Hi Jill. Thanks so much for stopping by. :-)

    The thing I noticed the most about RANCHER TO THE RESCUE was how I trusted my gut and wrote it quickly. FYI, I had a completed synopsis first.

    Whereas before this I would write a story w/o a synopsis and rewrite it and rewrite it and rewrite it. With my debut, it did get a revision request but I didn't edit it to death beforehand so I think it came across as fresher. Hope that makes some sense.

    Thanks for the great question.

  3. Hi Jennifer

    First congratulations on everything you've achieved in a year!

    My question is could you explain the most important way in which you feel the Romance guidelines have changed. What did you need to do differently whilst writing book 3?

    Thanks Jennifer.

    Nina x

  4. Thanks so much, Nina. It has been the most amazing year. I feel very blessed to have my dreams come true.

    As for your question, hmm... let's see. Previously HQ Romance line encompassed a large range of story scenarios. With the editorial shift, they moved away from small towns and cowboys, leaving those stories to American Romance and Special Edition.

    The new Harlequin Romances will be more glamorous. I like to think of them as Presents little sister...all the glam but not quite so sophisticated.

    TIP: the last tweet I saw they are searching for HQ Romance authors who want to set stories in Europe/Australia.

    Hope this helps. :-)

  5. Hi, Jennifer! No questions here...just wanted to let you know I love your books. Can't wait for the next one to hit shelves!

    1. Aww...thanks Kristina!

      That means a whole lot especially when I'm looking at a blank page and wondering what the opening sentence should be. ;-)

  6. Hi, Jennifer,

    No question to ask...but wanted to let you know that I enjoyed reading your post.