I have now hit the halfway point with two works in progress (I’m working on four total but the last two at slower paces and as I get around to them). Since I hit the halfway point on the two main ones, I feel that I can safely mention them on this blog. I don’t think they’ll come as a surprise since I mentioned them in my October newsletter and have mentioned them on this blog already.
A Most Unsuitable Earl
I decided to change the title of A Most Unsuitable Husband to A Most Unsuitable Earl. The great thing about this book is that it’s a comedy. I love writing serious works, but it’s also nice to laugh. Fortunately, the hero’s reaction to a lot of things happening around him is what makes it a comedy. Long ago, I’ve learned it’s not the circumstance a character’s in that makes things funny; it’s how the character reacts to the circumstance that can make something funny or not. And a lot of it depends on the character. Some characters have a tendency to exaggerate in a comical way while others tend to take things seriously. Ethan (our hero in this book) is definitely the type to exaggerate everything. :D
Mitch’s Win is the book I plan to submit to a publisher or two. I don’t know if this book has any chance or not. I’ve already decided I’m keeping the sex in the book and keeping mention of going to church in there, too. The two might not work together for a publisher. I decided to embrace self-publishing for my romance titles back in 2009 because I mixed my Christian values with steamy romances, and I found that I couldn’t go with a publisher and keep the two together. Will I still find the same roadblock? I don’t know. But I do love self-publishing so it wouldn’t be a problem to keep self-publishing. The only drawback is that a publisher does offer as a buffer between some things happening at online bookstores. (I don’t want to go into detail, but let’s suffice it to say when you self-publish, you are your only advocate and that can be stressful.)
I’ll be in Kansas City, Missouri Next Month
Next month, I’ll be going to the Heart of America Christian Writer’s Network’s annual fall conference in Kansas City, Missouri. So if any of you happen to be in the area, it’d be fun to say hi and sign some books for you. :D
The conference is from November 8-11. I’m going with Janet Syas Nitsick (a friend and fellow author who lives in the same town I do). We’ll be giving a workshop together, which we started preparing yesterday. I’m both excited and nervous since this will be my first public speaking engagement as a writer, and I’m glad Janet will be there since she has experience in this area and can walk me through it.
So if any of you are in that area, let me know! :D