We have had a highly successful promo campaign already, and HEALER’S TOUCH is still free for the rest of the month! And after a little BookBub boost at the end of last week, there have been a ton of downloads… I mean that. LOTS. And some of those downloaders have read it already, and some of them have even liked it. And people are, understandably, asking about Book 2.
Well, I have been working on WARRIOR’S TOUCH since before HT even hit the shelves… yeah, that long. Some fifteen months to date. It hasn’t been an easy ride. There have been some parts of the book I’ve been so enthusiastic about, but that just haven’t worked. And there are other bits I’m so excited about and I can’t wait to get them out there. And then there are the slightly less exciting point-A-to-point-B parts… They’re OK. I’ll shine them up a bit by the end.
The point is, I have been working on the story to some extent EVERY DAY for fifteen months already. Too long, some may say. Yeah, it would be, if I was doing it full-time.
I’m so lucky to have such understanding readers who get what it means for me to be a writer with a young child (3 at the moment). I have also been exceptionally lucky that he’s been great at taking afternoon naps (and long ones) right through to… around about now. Yes, things are a bit hectic at the moment, with me needing to write and the time to do so rapidly diminishing. However, I am in the process of negotiating slightly longer kindergarten hours so we can strike a balance between all my different personalities (office worker, writer, mother, wife, and… just me). So, things will settle down again in the next week or two.
On top of my son dropping his sleeps, my husband has been working through the weekends to get some jobs finished before the university year starts up again (we both work for a small electrical firm that was a little too successful at winning bids on several jobs all due to finish at the same time). That means, no down time for me, either. Until yesterday(!!)…
And I ran… I’m telling you that now… I drove across town and used the quiet of my parents’ house while they’re on holiday. And progress was made.
The good news is, I have had some 90% of the book written for the last couple of months. But it was/is in desperate need of a brutal edit (the pitfalls of writing a complex tale in bits and bursts). Before finishing that last 10%, that’s what I’m doing – re-writing. Yesterday I shuffled and wrote a total of 7000+ words. In about 5000 words, I’ll be back into the real meat of the story and this draft will start to come back in line with the good bits of the first draft. Then I will tackle that ending (I’ve SEEN it, I just need to convert it to words). And then I’ll need to re-write the Prologue, again (third time’s the charm, huh?)… or bin it altogether (No. If it doesn’t make it into the book, it will be a short story…).
So, never fear… it’s coming. Slower than I had hoped. But it’s coming.
In the mean time, I have finally set up a MailChimp Mailing List for people to sign up to if they wish to receive email notifications of progress on Book 2. This will mostly involve a whole lot of nothing for a while, until the book goes to my publisher and discussions start happening about cover design and the like. It just may be that Mailing List signees get to see the cover first, and that sort of thing…
So, welcome aboard, new readers and long-timers.
I’m looking forward to taking this ride with you.