Same Story, Different Year

This came up on my #TimeHop app this morning, a reminder of what I was working on for NaNoWriMo last year – editing Book 2 of the Celebrity Series, Loving Riley. I had already “workshopped” it on Wattpad months earlier and promptly took it down as soon as the final chapter was posted, and I was ready to dive into the edits.

alphasmart

A year later, I’m still editing.  And revising.

That’s because a lot can happen between then and now, between not knowing anything about book marketing and genre expectations to knowing more than you care to know without seeing yourself run the other way.

There’s A LOT to learn about the current self-publishing landscape and if you want to make it as a self-published author (i.e. make a living at it), you need to do more than just write the stories you want to write.  You need to write stories people want to read beyond the first 10% sample that Amazon and other retailers give them.

You need to learn how to hook them in that first 10%.

Loving Riley didn’t do that. Not in the first 10% of the book. Sure, it packed a hell of a punch and would probably make readers’ head spin like Loving Ashe did, but that first 10% lagged and did more telling than showing. It bugged me to no end, and I knew I needed to revise it. It’s only been a year and a half now of agonizing over this book. I love the characters, Ashe Hunter, Riley Eames and Gareth Roman. And I loved the new addition – you’ll meet her very soon.

And now that I’ve closed the door (for now) on Dax and Harlow, I’m glad to enter the world of celebrity again. Boy, did I miss it.

Ashe and Riley
Ashe and Riley

Oh, and for those of you wondering what that gadget is up top, it’s an Alphasmart Neo2.  It’s perfect for distraction-free writing and I love it.  Sure, you have a small display that allows you to see only a few lines of your work, but it is one of my favorite writing tools.  I LOVE IT!  And you can find this baby on Ebay for under $50.

Confession: I have two of them.  An Alphasmart Neo2 and a Dana.

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