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This Writer's Life – Year 3

by Stephanie Casher on September 8, 2008

First off, I have to apologize for the unseasonably long blog hiatus… My life has been so hectic the past six months (due in large part to the long-distance relationship I’m successfully negotiating :-), and I just haven’t had much time to blog. But as I was reminded recently by an episode of the delightfully witty Californication, Writers need to Write. Constantly. Even if it’s “just a blog”. So I’ve decided to fire up the blog again, to satisfy those of you who faithfully continue to visit the site and have been asking repeatedly — “How come you’re not blogging anymore?” You know who you are, and I love you guys. An insatiable audience is a writer’s best friend ;-)

So I know the question on everyone’s mind is – “What’s going on with the books?” Well, rest assured, yours truly is still on the path to the Published Land… As most of you know, I finished my first book Soul Mates in February of 2006. I started querying on that project, and after a short break to rest my brain, I began work on the prequel When Love Isn’t Enough.

Now being a rookie novelist is fun in the sense that you’re literally learning as you go. Key lesson learned writing my first two novels: don’t write two books in a series out of order. Man, I got halfway through When Love Isn’t Enough and discovered my characters were taking me places I never anticipated them going. Plot twists springing up all over the place. But each twist had a very real consequence — I’d have to rewrite sections of Soul Mates to maintain consistency.

I finished When Love Isn’t Enough in September 2007. It felt fantastic to complete my SECOND novel, like, “Wow, I’m really doing this.” But then I started sending it out to peers for critique, and partnered with a content editor. And each person’s feedback seemed to beg further revision. Any author will tell you that it’s all about the rewrites, so I got to work — tinkering and refining. After several rounds of edits I was finally done done in Spring of 2008.

I hit up several conferences in early 2008 (like the Romance Slam Jam and the BEA Writer’s Conference), and pitched my little heart out. I had several successful pitches, and am proud to report that my manuscript is once again in the hands of a handful of editors and agents. Waiting is the name of the game now, but I will continue to pitch and push the product at every opportunity until I make a sale. I have every confidence that it’s all going to come together, I’ve just learned that the timelines in the business are beyond my control.

In the meantime, I’ve shifted my focus temporarily to freelance editing. Turns out, I’m really good at it, lol. But more on that another time :-)

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