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My Latest Reads

Here’s what I’ve learned: I fall behind on posting when I’m writing a new book, even though I’m reading like a fiend. Here are the past few books I’ve read:

  1. Verity, Colleen Hoover; Yes, another Colleen Hoover book. What can I say? I love her writing as well as her storylines. This book, however, is unlike any other of hers that I’ve read. It is much more graphic, darker, and leaves you wondering what was true and what wasn’t. Although it is very different from her other books, I did like it. Every once in a while, a darker story is nice to read when I’m dabbling in various genres.
  2. Lucky, Marissa Stapley; I really enjoyed this book. Despite her “criminal-type” behavior, I rooted for the protagonist. She’s such a likeable character, and Stapley puts Lucky in a very precarious position: After she’s won the lottery, she can’t come forward because if she does, she’ll be caught for her illegal activities––she’s wanted by the police. She needs to find a way to claim the winning ticket all while not being caught by the authorities. It’s a great read. Fun and fast-paced.
  3. Counterfeit, Kristin Chen; This book is a Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club recommendation, so naturally, I was intrigued. I was less than enthused. The premise is about two women who produce top-notch counterfeit purses, then return them to the retail stores, making a lot of money duping the companies. Apparently this is a real thing, but I was less than impressed with the characters and the ending. And the hardest part for me? There are NO quotation marks until the Epilogue. The reason? The main character is talking to a detective the entire time, so it’s her speaking for the whole book. But even at that, there is dialogue within dialogue so technically, some sort of punctuation should denote this. It took me a while to get used to it and often, I didn’t realize someone was speaking until after the word “said” appeared in the sentence. I’m sure there are plenty of readers who absolutely loved the book, I’m not one of them. Again, it’s all so subjective. If the premise peaks your interest, I say go for it.

Currently, I am reading Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin. Hopefully, after I finish it, it won’t be a month before I post my “review”!

Happy Reading, ya’ll!

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No Rest For The Weary Writer

Apparently, I never updated you with the latest news on my journey to publication. So here it is:

Inexperienced in the whole process, from querying to publishing, I had no idea what to expect once I signed on with an agent. I’ve heard and read stories about how long it usually takes to tweak/rework/rewrite/revise/edit a manuscript once submitted to the agent. From the information I’d heard, I planned on four months. After all, I’m not her only client and she’s juggling other projects.

I figured that four months would be a time of respite. A time to breathe, relax, not waiting on pins and needles, checking my emails constantly, wondering if I’d hear back from an agent, and if so, would it be an acceptance or rejection. I’d just spent nine months entrenched in such behavior. The editing phase would be a nice recess from that stress.

Surprise, Surprise

Only, much to my surprise, I wasn’t afforded the break. Sure, it’s great that I’m onto the next step: submitting to publishers, but it happened way faster than I’d anticipated. My edits only took a week. One week. I was shocked. But I suppose that’s what happens when you work endlessly on a project, continually reworking it, revising it, editing it until my vision blurred. It was ready. I, on the other, was not.

I wasn’t prepared to jump right back into the stress pool. I thought I’d have time to wade in the glory of finding an agent, bask in the accomplishment. Breathe. Not so much. Here I am, in the throes of waiting, keeping my fingers crossed, and praying for an acceptance, all of it out of my control. All I can do is sit back and hope that my work speaks for itself.

Champagne Dreams?

Maybe I should set up another rejection jar. Perhaps buying another expensive bottle of champagne will help again. Hopefully, if I do a motivation jar again, it won’t be as nearly filled as the last one!

I need to heed the advice on that mug pictured above. This is all good stuff. Still, any good wishes and positive vibes are always welcomed.