Alright. So, a lot has been happening. I’ve decided to get a logo made, got new covers for the L&F series going, and have pick out the tentative release dates for each book. I finally figured out how the series is going to end, and I am really excited about it. I just hope I can do it justice, that I can capture the image in my head in words.
I’ve also decided to rework the blurb for Finding Grace. I’ve realized that it doesn’t really tell the readers about the book, or why they should read it. So, the goal for the end of the year is to have the blurb for Finding Grace redone, have it fixed on the print cover as well as the store sites, to have new bookmarks and other swag things made, and have business cards as well.
I’ve also been exploring “writing to market”. At first, I thought it was a horrible idea. How could I write a book that I didn’t even like? But I researched it a bit, I realized that the idea isn’t to write stuff that you wouldn’t read, but to search the market you’re already interested in and see if you can find a niche that you could be interested in, or a way to adjust how you’re writing. Like, one idea I found that seems to be overdone is female MCs that are loud and tough. One article mentioned that there is a lack of introverted characters that are just as likeable and tough, but don’t have to be mean to be interesting or strong. That’s not the only one, of course, and that could be just one person’s opinion, but it’s just something to think about when creating characters.
Another idea I’ve started playing with is making a journal of story ideas. This journal would basically be a collection of ideas that would get their own little two-five page section that would be used to try to flesh out the idea and see if it’s sometime I can/ want write. That way, when it’s time to decide on my next project, I already have an idea of what I’ve got ready.
Basically I’m just playing with ideas I get from the different writing groups I’m in, and the different writing friends I have. I never realized how much learning there was, and how there seems to always be something to learn. It’s definitely an interesting journey though!