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I need to give myself a pep talk

I've finished the first run through of Promises and Lies and was inspired about how to frame the epilogue. I have, however, jinxed myself into realizing that I really need to spend more time with it. Rome wasn't built in a day, and apparently my novels don't pop out in a hurry either.

On top of that is all the other self-doubt that plagues me regularly. I'm highly sensitive, and many times I let things affect me that shouldn't.

This week is spring break for me, so I should have lots of time...but there's also lots of work to be done around the house, not to mention I'm nursing my dog through another round of surgery.

So, I'll work on that pep talk, and I'll work on the novel, and we'll see what happens.


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Mar. 29th, 2010 11:43 am (UTC)
It's amazing what can happen when you consider all the options you have. There was an initial time after my first book came out when I was uncertain what to do with a couple of WIPs I'd been working on. I was not sure my first house would be into them. I found DSP and was able to sell there.

And when I sold Wanderer, well, it's a very different kind of historical. It has three POVs, opening with a young blind boy observing the heroes. So I wasn't sure it would be easy to sell. That story was essentially dead from October though it teased me from time to time until I showed a wisp of it to my yahoo group and they loved it and encouraged me to continue. So I did! All the time I worked on Boxer, I played with Wanderer every now and then. I didn't imagine it would be something I'd send to LI though.

So I'm saying you never know and there are lots of great publishers out there to explore and you had a very popular book. So take the needed time, it's not a race, but don't lose confidence.
Mar. 29th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
That's interesting, because this book I just finished is made up of a series of short stories. Originally it was told from many different points of view. Of course, also originally the main couple split and found happiness with others. I changed that because it never felt right to me, splitting them. It was a chore melding this into third person. The pt of view does shift, but it's consistent now instead of a series of first person segments.

My first book was successful only because I published it. I know it doesn't burn up the charts, but in the end I'm still proud of it.

I am intending to branch out and explore other options as far as publishers go. After I get Promises and Lies shipped off to my beta-crew, then I'm going to rework that novella that was rejected, and try it with someone else. I still think it is a good story, and I've come up with some ideas on how to make it more of a romance and less of what they thought it was. ;)
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