Starting Over

In many ways this is going to be a year of risk and discovery. It is the year of exciting explorations and flexibility.

Risk because I made the decision to take a step back from self publishing at a rapid pace. I know that I need to get my name and my books and myself out there. But I can not (financially or mentally) release a book a month. I admire those who can. But that pace is not something that is maintainable for a long tim for me.

Why?

  •  I have a full time job.
  •  I take care of my mother who has several health issues.
  •  I have aging older relatives that I also help.
  •  I need to take care of myself (because of my own health issues) and not get burned out by the pace that would be required.
  •  It is not financially feasible.

Discovery because I am also stepping out and writing the books that have been calling to me to be written. The books that don’t fit into any one category or genre easily.

Will they still be romances? Yes. And they will all still have a HEA ending. Or at least a HFN ending.

But a lot of them will be darker and grittier in some of the themes and character backstories and story events.

What is happening with Motor City Romance Series?

It will be rebranded at some point. Probably towards the end of the year. I still plan on writing the other books in the series.

Second Chances will be released in the second quarter of the year as a free read.

Motor City Romance is my male/male focused series set in my hometown of Detroit. If you want to keep up to date – Sign up here for updates specific to the MCR series.

Why am I doing this?

I loved writing The Marriage Contract and working on getting Take Me As I Am to the point where I am happy enough with it that I can release it. I refuse to put out a product I am not proud of.

Take Me As I Am has been a labor of love.  But Take Me As I Am is not in the right place. It needs more. More depth, more on the relationship struggles between Jay and Darrius, more on what initially broke them up and just more in terms of story. So I am re-writing it completely and starting in a different place. When I first published TMAIA it was by a small online publisher. I am grateful for the experience but it didn’t sell much. So I got my rights back and decided to revise it a bit and republish it as part of the MCR. I had some lovely beta readers and editors who wanted more. And after much consideration, they are right. So I am going backward in the story so I can go forward and give my readers a much better reading experience.

What does this all mean?

I have been holding back on some of the scenes and themes and characters because it doesn’t fit the normal romance mode and doesn’t fit neatly in the box.I have realized that that doesn’t matter. I have to write what it is my heart and soul. I have to write the type of stories that I want to tell. I have to write the type of stories that started me on this writing journey oh so many years ago.

It means that my production will be slower. But there will be some new things coming from me. And I am excited about that and how I see the stories I have written so far these past 6 weeks shaping up. I am also excited because I am doing something that I love – writing and being an author. Hopefully readers will love it too.

TL;DR – What it all boils down too is I will be hustling hard for myself, my goals and visions.

I am a writer

I outted myself at school this week. I have been keeping my writing life and my culinary life and real life separate.

Or as separate as I could. But I admitted to some people that I am a writer and I am interested in not only writing books but food writing/critique/critic.

Do people not in your circle know about your writing life?

So with the statement that “I am a writer”, I have been writing. I am working on a few stories. And also getting ready to jump into the agent hunt soon. I’m going over the final tweaks and working on the query letter.

Goals – Life and Writing

With the start of 2010, I’ve been getting my writing goals together for the year. You notice I didn’t say resolutions.

Why?

Because I always end up missing and giving up on my resolutions. So I decided to include my goals. I even have a cool spreadsheet that lists them all. Yes, it’s color coded too.

I divided my goals up by quarter. And my real life goals too. But I also have blog goals.

So what are some of my blog goals –

1. Post three times a week.

2. More writing related posts – at least 2 a month.

3. More personal posts so you can get to know me better – at least once a week.

4. Share great resources for writing, information and publishing industry

5. More networking – meaning more interaction and you’ll see me around the internet more. (I know that’s not necessarily a blog goal).

6. Step outside my comfort zone blogging. (I have no idea what this means or how I’ll do this. But I think if I accomplish 1 through 5 then that’s going to be a big step in accomplishing this goal).

And in case your wondering my writing goal is – Keep writing and having fun while I’m at it. I think that’s one of the most important things. Writing should be fun.