This novel represents quite a departure from my normal genre, mystery/suspense, but the story has nagged me for quite a while. So against advice, I’m going for it. I just hope readers like the change.
Category Archives: The Publishing Process
In the planning stages – a writers workshop/day conference in SoCal this summer, possibly in July. On the schedule so far – Your Critical 1st Chapter, Memoir Writing, The 5 Tiers of Publishing, CreateSpace self-publishing, POV, etc.
Keep watch for updates!
Book covers are so important, and while the popular adage is true, “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” I do. I may not judge the actual story, but if the cover doesn’t attract me in the first place, the story rarely gets read. So I need advice.
The artist sent two proofs for my upcoming paranormal. I like one while some of my friends favor the other. I’ve asked for some slight changes in one, so the artist will work on the changes and send the new proof to me, probably in a couple of days or perhaps next week. In the meantime, I’d like to know if I’m even close to what the majority likes.
Which one would attract you to the book?
The Kindle version of With Full Malice is now available, and my speaking engagement at the Ovitt Family Library in Ontario has passed.
I talked about the 5 Tiers of Publishing, and by the amount of questions afterward, I think the audience enjoyed it.
Now back to work on my paranormal, altho I’m also considering organizing a writers workshop for the SoCal’s Inland Empire. It all depends on how quickly I can finish The House on Serpent Lake:
An abandoned home on a north woods lake, dreams of a seductive lover from another time—Lindsay wants the hundred-year-old home to heal her troubled marriage, something unseen in the house wants her.
“A likable heroine, a deadly conspiracy, a white-knuckle climax – Brenda Hill’s With Full Malice has it all!”
Michael Prescott, New York Times bestselling author of Stealing Faces
“Arresting premise, story holds your interest.”
“From its opening chapter to its stunning conclusion, WITH FULL MALICE is a thought-provoking, first-rate novel.”
The Big Thrill
International Thriller Writers
When I began UD, I had no idea it would be so difficult to write. After all, it’s shorter than my other novels, but I have some of the same problems. Even though I’m a plotter, I still doubt a scene’s placement: should this or that event go here or there? Then I stall, worrying about it, and I can’t continue until I’ve worked it out.
I know all the so-called ‘experts’ say to continue on, to ‘fix it’ later, but that doesn’t work for me. I must have that relieved feeling about something I’ve just written in order to continue and concentrate on the next scene.
I’m on the home stretch, though, and can make out those magical words, ‘The End,’ not too far ahead. I’ll get there, I will, I will, I will.
After several revisions, I’m close to a new cover for Unholy Desire, and it’s getting exciting. At first I wanted the original house and moon, but with an added element to reflect the story changes. My designer suggested something a bit different.
So while we’re keeping the house and moon idea, she changed it slightly and now we’re working on the added elements including different fonts for the title and author name.
I’ve gone through about twelve proofs so far. Yes, 12, but I think I’m close to choosing one after some slight changes are made. I don’t know who will be the happiest–the designer or me. Thank goodness she’s a patient soul who wants to please her clients.
I’ll post it when it’s completed, probably in a couple more days.
Hope you like it!
After I left the original publisher, I revised certain sections of the novel, ensuring it was sensuous instead of erotic. Now, due to several requests, I’ve posted the original X-Rated version to my website:
Please be advised, however, that the entire novel isn’t loaded with sex. It’s only after my character meets a fantabulous man that she opens her heart to him.
If you read it, please post your comments. I’m interested.Thanks!
It’s such good advice, simply because it makes sense. Get your story down before you get lost in the mire trying to correct everything. If you do not, you risk running out of steam, and that’s how many manuscripts wind up unfinished in a drawer.
However, I’m not a model writer. I truly wish I were. If so, I could’ve had my new story completed by now. But no, I’m one of the weird ones who edits and revises as she writes. What’s worse, I can’t continue forward if something I’ve already written nags at me, even if it’s two, three, or more chapters back.
Well, in this story, there’s been a lot of nagging, and while I thought this morning’s writing session would put me close to the end, it didn’t even come close. Instead, without knowing what exactly was bothering me, I went back several chapters and began reading, again and again, until I realized what was wrong. Then, not sure if my corrections would work, I began the process of revising, moving this paragraph here, that paragraph into the next chapter.
And even though I’m still not sure the flow is exactly right, I feel better, because finally, that horrible nagging feeling is quiet for a change.
Now I can continue on in peace.
At least I can hope.