Happy New Year, Everyone!
It is a brand new year and I have fantastic news to share. Right after Christmas, the fifth day of Christmas to be exact [Five Golden Rings], I received that wonderful email I have been eagerly waiting for from my publisher, Crimson Romance, new imprint of Simon and Schuster. They picked up my new romantic suspense novel, Emersyn D'Azzo and Alec Pearce's happy-ever-after and it will released March 20, 2017!
I'm sorry I can't give you a title. I'm having trouble finding the title that fits this complex new story. CR wasn't crazy about the title I chose either, so back to my think tank. I may be begging for my readers' help by next week if I can't come up with something soon.
But I have bigger problems to deal with this morning. Everything is happening so fast. My amazing, book whisperer editor, Julie Sturgeon, has gone through my manuscript with her incredible eye and sent me the developmental edits two days ago.
You might be thinking, more edits? Didn't you just do that? Yeah, I did. If you missed that discussion, you can find it HERE. And yes, I thought I had sent the best happy-ever-after manuscript for Alec and Emersyn to CR. But, there is always room for improvement. This story now has 250+ comments in 280 pages. Ouch! Like I said, Julie Sturgeon is a book whisperer. I'm sure there are authors out there that can produce a perfect copy first time. Well, I'm not one of them. That is why I love my editor and CR. Developmental edits are hard, and at times, overwhelming. But Julie and I have one goal, to make this the best story possible for all of you. My fantastic, supportive readers.
This is what my kitchen table looks like this morning. Sorry about the lighting in the photo. It's much brighter. So...I have my laptop that has my new working copy and the monitor has Julie's edits. Not every page looks that beat up, but I wanted you to see why this part of my job can be so overwhelming. Julie is only an email away if I hit a wall.
You may have notice the doll next to my morning coffee. That was a gift from my amazing editor and it couldn't have come at a better time. It's a dammit doll. And believe me when I say, it will come in handy the next two weeks. Well, at least it will protect my forehead--you know those moments when all you want to do is bang you head and scream, 'Why didn't I think of that?"
Even with all the work ahead, I'm so excited. Emersyn and Alec have lived in my heart for a year. They kept me sane during the months of healing. You can read about that HERE if you missed it. But that is over, so last year!!!
I'm going to pour myself one more cup of coffee and get to work. This manuscript is due back at CR on 1/23. [Insert panic scream here.]
I wish you all an exciting, healthy and happy 2017. I'll be back in a couple weeks and fill you in on what's happening. I'll have at least a title to share. :)
Have a great week, and as always, I hope you find a few moments to disappear into a great book.
Hugs to all!!
Nancy C. Weeks