EDITS DONE–For Now! Can I Start Writing Again?

new banner.It seems all I’ve been doing for the last few months is edit manuscripts for publication. I don’t feel as if I’ve had the time to write anything new, and that can be frustrating, but now that I have a reprieve between edits–they’ll be more, since these were only round one–I wonder what to do with my down time. Can I really start new work, or should I be looking at republishing my Christmas books? I have books to read and edit for others, a task I intend to devote next week to, but what to do now?

Editing Hell as many of my author friends call it, started for me in February when I had to make changes to Just for the Weekend for publication in April. I’d just finished that task when the bottom fell out of my world and two of my publishers turned out to be fraudulent, leaving me with books no longer available and no money to show for my hard work. Luckily, I was able to sell three of the four books not yet released. Once I did, edits began in earnest, while I struggled with what to do with the previously published books.

I went to work on Echoes of the Past, which came out in July. During that same time, I revised The Captain’s Promise which I released in June as part of the Kindle deal process. Hard on its heels came the edits for On His Watch, released in August.  By then summer and camping and holidays had arrived.

Just before I left for my second holiday trip, I received the Developmental Edits for All For Love, my new Anaiah Press book, not due out until 2015. Developmental edits are like content edits, aimed at identifying plot holes and strengthening to story. I was halfway through those when the Content Edits arrived for Coming Home, the first book in the Misty Matthews, Taking a Chance on Love series, which Misty and I sold to Secret Cravings. To meet the editor’s suggestions, we added over 20,000 words, and really fleshed out Alana and Connor as well as laid the groundwork for the other books in the series. If you read Coming Home when it was first released, I think you’ll love this new, improved version. I was just finishing that when I got edits from Solstice for my new historical romance The Price of Honor. I’m super-excited about this one. I love the premise of the story, and I get to use it to teach a little Canadian history too. If it sells well, I can write a sequel to it.

So, where does that leave me now? There are stories yet to write, but I honestly don’t know where to start. I guess, I’ll get ready for the 2014 SYTYCW contest. It’s a great opportunity to have people comment on your work. The books I’ve written in the past when participating have all sold to other publishers, so for me, even if Harlequin doesn’t want it, I may still find a buyer for it. Then there’s NaNoWriMo. Last year I competed against others for a shot at a contract with Entangled. This year? I’m not sure if I’ll go that route or not.

For now, I think I’m going to move away from the computer and take the weekend off to do some much neglected organizing and cleaning. Time to get in gear and prepare for the long winter months… and of course round two edits will arrive next week.

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About mhsusannematthews

Finally retired after more than 30 years as a teacher! Now, I get to spend my time gardening, enjoying my grandchildren, and writing. I finally completed the number one item in my bucket list and Crimson Romance published my first novel, Fire Angel, in April 2013. Since then I have sold 24 other manuscripts to date and don't plan to quit writing for a long time yet.
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