Monday, April 02, 2012

Now What?

Last week I turned in my WIP A Bride Sews With Love in Needles, California. As I read through it for edits one last time, I fell in love again with the characters and the plot and the setting.

But after I turned in that novel, I sort of scratched my head. What now? For the past almost four years, I've had another contract waiting to be filled the minute I finished the one I was working on.

Hopefully in the next couple of weeks or so, I'll have a chat with my agent about what direction I should go now. I've got several proposals in the works, so hopefully there are a few options open to us.

For now, I'm working on a novel that I have the proposal all done for. James Scott Bell challenged writers to write down a one sentence summary of the book you would write if you could only write one book. Then he challenged writers to write that book.

This is the book I would write.

How about you? What are you working on?

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  1. I've hit this point recently too. It's a strange feeling, but it's also exciting because of all the possibilities. I'm currently working on a full-lentgth contemporary romance.

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    1. Yay for working on the next idea. Hopefully we'll both find homes for our projects in the near future. :)

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  2. I'm a bit in a holding zone as well. But I have edits on my last book to tackle before I worry too much about the next book. Plotting. Writing that sentence. Now putting it aside to see if the characters grow on me.
    ~ Wendy

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    1. Edits are good. I find editing much easier than writing that first draft. Do you have a story forming in your mind while you finish this one?

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  3. I'm not going to share much about my new WIP because it's in the Genesis. But I'm incredibly excited about this book. I see so much potential for it, and in some ways I can already see that it's better than anything I've done before.

    I just hope that excitement shows once the story is all done.

    Are you kind of excited, Erica, about this little break? It's sort of like being unpubbed again, you get to write exactly what moves you. I hope it turns out great.

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    1. Yay, Sally! I hope you final in the Genesis. I'm so glad you're excited about your story. Isn't that the best feeling?

      I am enjoying this little break, though it does feel odd not to have a deadline.

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  4. I'm there too. Holding but also editing (slowly) this latest book and then I'll have to have a chat with my agent to see what direction I need to take.

    I'm intrigued about the book you're going to write. No doubt, whatever it is, it'll be amazing!

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    1. I'm so thankful to have an agent to help with career development.

      I hope whatever you and your agent come up with just blows editors' minds. :D

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  5. That is awesome that you are writing that book! When I'm done with all this rewriting, I want to do that too!

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    1. Hope your rewrites are going well. I love all the book signings, and the book launch stuff you're posting about. :)

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  6. I was there in February, but things have changed. Between a new Bible study releasing in July and Spring speaking engagements, I'm digging in to writing my next DVD Bible study series. Exciting times! I'd never heard before about writing one sentence summarizing the book you'd like to write. Hmmm...great food for thought. Keep us posted!

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    1. Yay for a new DVD Bible Study! I am so enjoying Your Strong Suit with my girls!

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  7. Someone mentioned to me that writers should always be working on their next project, even if it's still mostly in their heads.

    Right now I'm working on edits, but I'm thinking about where I can go with another series.

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    1. Lots of editing going on. You and Wendy and Jessica.

      You're right about that next project working in your head while you deal with the current one. I always seem to have two or three story possibilities perking.

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  8. Kudos on completing A Bride Sews With Love, Erica. I'm eager to read this one.

    I think it's cool that you're working on the story of your heart. I'm sure it will be awesome.

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    1. Thank you, Keli. I'm excited too. My editor just uploaded it to read on her Kindle, so I'm looking forward to a content edit letter soon. :)

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  9. I'm so curious about the book you are going to write! :) And congratulations on getting another book edited and sent in! That has to feel good!

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    1. Thanks, Sherrinda! Such a joy to write when the story makes your heart sing. :)

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  10. Oh, man. Now THAT is a question to think on...

    Enjoy your "breather." My guess is it won't last long :)

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    1. Steph, I'm still waiting for the book we talked about at the last conference. That idea was so intriguing and I'm waiting for you to wow the world with it! :)

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  11. I'd heard a writer is supposed to be working on 4 at a time:
    1. Rattling around in the brain
    2. Writing
    3. Editing
    4. Marketing [to readers or editors/agents]

    I've got a couple in the 1 phase, but nothing concrete, two in the 3 phase and 1 in the 4 phase. [Only because I the end on the one in the 2 phase on Saturday.]

    It's kind of weird not to have characters taking up space in my head, talking to me and telling me [or not :p] what happens next. I'm taking a couple days off to read/write reviews/etc and then diving into edits on last year's NaNo.

    And for me... the rough draft is usually WAAAAAAAAAAAY more fun than the editing ;).

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    1. At the rate you writer, I'm not surprised you need a couple of days off at least, Carol. You are a writing MACHINE! I used to think I was pretty fast, but no more. I'm eatin' your dust, lady!

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    2. I do write fast - I know that, but I don't write anything READABLE ;). Repairable, yes. Readable, no .

      :D

      So when is the next release anyway? I should probably know this but head's fuzzy [stupid allergies :p]. And what about the novella mail order brides?

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    3. My next release comes out in September, I think. A repackage of my first three Heartsongs. The Needles, CA book releases in November, and Sagebrush Knights comes out in December of this year.

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  12. I'm looking forward to reading your next release, Erica! And I think it's wonderful that you have time now to write this one special story. The one sentence summary idea is fascinating, and although I haven't written my one sentence yet, in a sense it's the story I'm currently working on. Despite not having any of my other novels published (yet?), this one has rattled around in my head for a decade and now that I'm into it, I'm wondering why I waited so long.

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    1. Carol, that's great! Maybe you waited so long because it wasn't the right time. Maybe now that you've written the other novels, it's time to write the one of your heart. I know this story I'm writing will be better because of the stories that came before it.

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