I feel like every month so far this year I start with “OMG this was a crazy month.” Well, April was no different. Even more so, and I really mean it!
It started off with receiving multiple agent offers on 700 Main and eventually signing with Rachel Ekstrom at Folio Literary Management! The long hard path of querying is over! But it also means… Well hold on.
I am getting ahead of myself. I’ll get to that in a minute. First, let’s take a look at the great books I read this month.
What I Read
GRAND TOTAL: 4
All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin
The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coehlo
What I Wrote
So let me continue with what I was saying in the beginning: next steps for 700 Main. I started revisions, wrote a cool author’s note on the inspiration for the story, and am working with Rachel to get it ready on submission in May (which is a beastly waiting game all on its own). But I could not be more excited and promise to keep you guys updated as we go.
This month I also participated in – although didn’t quite win – Camp NaNoWriMo and wrote about 12K words of my still untitled New Orleans voodoo novel. Wooo! Final words are on paper. It’s coming along really well so far (or at least I think so), and I am absolutely in love with my feisty, stubborn and reckless protagonist, Jessa.
I am writing this book a little differently in that I don’t have the entire thing outlined yet.
I know, right? So unlike me. But before you think I’ve switched over to the dark side of pantsing, I have outlined the first act. It’s a much bigger story than I have written before – in that it’s a series and fantasy – so I am going to try to take it as it comes for a little while. Stay tuned on how that goes… Maybe I will even have an excerpt for you next month.
While April was a productive, I have been the WORST at getting new blogs posted. So my goal for May (and the summer months) is to get back on track to one blog post per week.
As far as the New Orleans WIP, I’d like to get at least another 10K words cranked out. But that will all depend on when my desk gets delivered to the new house since my computer is currently set up on top of a file cabinet #movingprobs
I am also going to try to catch up on my ever-growing TBR list, starting with these new releases:
- To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
- A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas
- The Elizas by Sara Shepard
- We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss
- Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (carried over from last month because I am a slacker)
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