Friday, August 01, 2008

My baby has been delivered

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.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Teresa! Congratulations on finishing your book! I'm sure that's a wonderful feeling. ~ As a "newbie" I am soaking up all the tips and information I can from experienced writers (can't wait to attend my first conference in Sept.!). I've read about authors keeping "files" of ideas, characters, you do this, and if so, are they actual files or on the computer?Thanks, Patti Jo