Things around here got mighty busy mighty fast, not that I’m complaining. Here are the highlights:
I’ve been editing our novellas for our Tiny House Collection and, let me tell you, you’re in for some great stories. So far, I’ve worked on three out of seven, and they’re all terrific. The fourth one, the one I’m editing now, is by Chandra Lynn Smith, an unpublished author who is excited about this collection because it shifts her status to “professional.” I promise you, her story is as professional as they come. Just because she’s never been published doesn’t mean she shouldn’t be. She’s good—as are the authors whose novels I’ve edited so far. Pamela S. Meyers has a special touch with handicapped characters. One of her secondary characters in this collection is a deaf child, but still totally a kid–normal in every way, including sweetness, impatience, and bit of childlike bluntness. Kimberly S. McKay‘s story illustrates how frustrating life can be when what God wants you to do and what you’re actually doing are two different things. And Sci-Fi-author-turned-Women’s-Fiction/Romance author (for now). Yvonne Anderson shows how a little distance from the problem and a lot of Heavenly influence via new neighbors can bring about healing.
Believe me, I’m looking forward to editing—or at least reading—all the other stories. This is going to be one fun collection!
Aside from these, I’ve also finally gotten a toe-hold into Ride to the Altar. This one has truly been a bear to work with. I think I’ve mentioned before that I started over four times before I got anything that remotely resembles something workable. I’ve had some exciting writing sessions. Seems like when I sit down to the keyboard now, I know exactly what I want to accomplish and how to get it done. Believe me, it’s about time.
I’ve also been working on my new website—not a blog, but a real, live, honest-to-goodness website that has been a year in the making (primarily because my designer’s schedule so often clashes with my own). Won’t be long now before I can reveal it to the world, but I still need to make sure all the bugs have been squashed.
Last, or at least “last of what I’m ready to reveal,” I’ve been trying to figure out how to promote multiple books. This is a lot harder than I thought. Although having a social presence is important, I’ve discovered that it’s not enough. The best form of promotion I’ve found is through the email services like BookBub, but I can’t always afford ads for each of my books. So, I make memes, plaster them everywhere, and hope they’ll draw attention to my novels. I wonder how people who have multiple releases per year keep up with all the promotions. Do they stop promoting one the moment another is released? I have no clue.
I’m still learning. Mostly, I’m learning how much there is that I need to learn. Most of this end of the business seems like a stab in the dark, and there are a whole lot of us stabbing around in the dark. Occasionally, someone stabs a great idea, and that idea gets passed around until everyone’s done it and it’s time to find something fresh. I don’t know that I’ve come up with any great ideas, so I just keep on making memes . . .