After close to an entire year of writing and rewriting, I finally sent Book 4 of my Jenn'a Creek series, LEGACY OF FAITH, to the publisher yesterday. I don't know why this book took so much time, but I am so pleased and satisfied with it. I hope readers will be too. I have read so many series books where each book gets less and less interesting. Sometimes by the third installment, I don't even care anymore.
I am very determined that readers won't feel this way about my series. I want them to find each one better than the last.
Of course I have learned a lot about writing--pacing, dialog, tension, etc, etc--in the last 6 years since the writing of Book 1, STREAMS OF MERCY, so I think it is natural for each book to improve. At least I hope so. I wonder about writers who publish 3 or 4 books a year. How do they keep them fresh? How do they avoid formula writing? They are definitely more talented and dedicated than me.
I hope to finish Book 5, the final book of the series, by the end of the year. Of course I thought that about this book and it took until July 31st. But I won't dwell on time wasted. The book is on its way across the country. I am thrilled with the way it turned out, so I guess nothing was really wasted. I learned a lot and enjoyed the process.
Now that the book is in the mail, I hope to get back to posting on my blog on a more regular basis. I would like to offer more advice and tips to new writers. If you ever have a question or would like to see a writing topic addressed, let me know and I'll see what I can do.
Enjoy your weekend. See you Monday.