I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and/or Hanukkah and are looking forward to more happy holidays in December.
I wanted to give you a little information about what’s going on with me and my writing because November was quite a month for change. Back in October I had decided to go ahead and self-publish my Victorian romance As Long As You’re Mine. I’d had several requests from agents and was just waiting for the final agent to contact me before going ahead with publication.
When the rejection came in, it contained a lot of feedback, some of which I’d heard before, but some new criticisms as well. There was a lot she like, but some major points that she believed made the book un-sellable. After my knee-jerk reaction of “Well I’m going to publish it anyway,” died down, I realized that I’d heard this particular comment several times from those who had read the book: the heroine is not likeable. I’d heard that comment about 50% of the time, which means 50% of my audience wasn’t going to like the book. And then what’s the point of publishing it?
So I’ve decided to shelve As Long As You’re Mine until the spring when I can give Lady Samantha Easterling a little attitude correction. I’ve already figured out how to make her more likeable and sympathetic, I just need the time to do it.
The good news is, Betrayal, the second medieval novella in my serial novel Time Enough to Love, is scheduled for release in late December. The cover reveal should happen in early December along with Chapter 1. To whet the appetite of course. And I’ll be promoting Betrayal during the month on features such as Horny Hump Day (oh, yes, there are some hot love scenes in this one as well), Sweet Nothings, and a couple of posts about medieval practices such as bedding the bride and bathing. So look for Betrayal a lot during December.
Also in December I’ll be working on revising the final novella in Time Enough to Love, Book 3 Beleaguered, which brings the story of Alyse, Geoffrey, and Thomas to a close during the early days of the Black Plague in England and France. I’m hoping this book will release in late February/early March.
I’ve also just completed a revision of Only Marriage Will Do, Book 2 in The House of Pleasure series, and sent it off to my editor at Lyrical Press. I’ll let you know ASAP what the verdict is there.
So that’s my 411 for November. December is going to be a busy month, and I’ll keep you posted what’s happening with me and my works.
Hope you have a great weekend in store!