“Make it your best. Every time. Anything less is, well, less, and could lose you a reader that might have loved your later, better work. Readers are won and lost one at a time, and they’re very easy to lose and extremely difficult to gain. I have zero compunction about improving my offerings whenever possible.” – Russel Blake
I remember posting this two years ago on my older author blog before I did a name change and I’m glad it showed up again on my FB timeline so I can grab it and post it here as a reminder. It’s why I constantly tweak my earlier books until they’re as good as they can be… unless the audiobook is out then I can’t touch it 😂
In the writing front, I’m 10K words into the new release after starting over from scratch. The release date has been pushed all the way to June which is too far for my taste but for the sake of my sanity, it has to be. It’s really more a cushion and will allow me to release the book earlier once it’s ready. It’s currently only available for preorder on iBooks at the moment because I’ve been too distracted to post it anywhere else. I haven’t even done the cover reveal because I think the cover could be better (but I usually think that when it’s a cover I created outside of the series branding which is my cover designer’s job).
My usual level of angst (which was totally missing in Falling for Jordan) is back and I’m loving Sawyer the way he’s fleshing out, word by word. I think with each book I’m writing after the overwhelm of book marketing and promotion, I’m slowly finding that balance.
It means letting go of expectations and doing my best all at the same time. It means turning off Facebook and other social media so I can write even though I want to cancel my account altogether because of the current climate—but then, what doesn’t FB know about me between my personal accounts that connect me to family back home and my author persona? As a romance author, that’s also where my readers are.
So it’s business as usual and it’s back to the words. What do you think of the new cover for Breaking the Rules?