Writing

New Look, New Focus, Yet Still the Same

Blog New LookThis week’s theme is changing your mind. I’ve been changing mine about several things lately.

Changing My Mind

What have I been changing my mind about? It’s a woman’s prerogative, isn’t it?

Last week, I entered my novel in another contest. To do that, I had to chop 14,000 words. I didn’t think I could do it, but I did. I thought more, then thought some more.

First, I changed my mind about cutting another 10,000 words from my novel, Meghan’s Choice. Soon, I’ll post a scene from my unpublished novel for you all to look at and tell me what you think.

Second, I changed the look of this blog. I love the color blue. It’s always been one of my favorite colors. Because I stepped out and am going to be attending the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) national conference in St. Louis in two weeks (eeek!), I felt I needed to upgrade my web image to a bit more professional, and I got business cards that are blue, too.

My Novel Process

Process is process. I’ve said it here in different ways, but I’ll say it. When we writers write, it’s a process, and we have to be patient. It’s taken me a year and eight months to get my novel ready for a publisher…a royalty publisher to even look at.

One of the reasons I’m attending the ACFW conference, is because I hope to meet with an editor and an agent. That’s my next step. Because writing is a business, and as a business, it needs to have a business plan. My plan was to pursue royalty publishers first. That’s what I’m doing now.

If that doesn’t work, maybe I will cut another 10,000 words to see if I can get Harlequin’s Love Inspired line to consider my work. But one of the things about having to cut so much is that I had to cut most interactions with one character. And he’s a great character. Maybe I’ll have a talk with him. I’ve given him hope for an expanded role in the second book in my series.

Now all I have to do is get the first one published.

I’ll be publishing again this week, because I was challenged with the “Bookshelf Challenge.” Watch for it in a couple of days.

What do you think of my new look? Leave a comment and let me know.

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