My writing – an update

Hey there,

Hope your day is going well so far.

It’s been a while since I’ve done a update about where I am with my writing, so I thought I’d check in and let you know how things are going.

I recently finished the first draft of Book 4 and have scheduled a programme of edits up to the end of June. Even though the NWS deadline is August, I’d like to finish the bulk of the work by June because, as you’ll already know if you’re in Scotland, the school summer break begins then. I will have some time, but the priority then will have to be teenager wrangling. Eep.

Book 4’s working title is What you want to see and the elevator pitch goes something like this:

Mark and Jenna’s ten year marriage is failing. When Mark receives a note threatening suicide from a woman he believes he doesn’t know, he’s certain this will end his marriage for good. Can he can find the woman in time to prevent her death and discover why she has implicated him in her choices? Can he do so without Jenna finding out, or is she already more involved than either of them know?

I think I’m at the point in the process I enjoy the most, although I do like all of it (except proof reading. We’ve discussed before how I eventually get the comma blindness). Anyway, this is the point where I have the bones of the story, but there are so many holes and possibilities that where it’ll end up is still open. In a few weeks, though, I will have fallen down one of these holes and will be in how will this ever work? territory, so I’ll be coming back to you for tea and sympathy then.

I was in the same position this time last year with Book 3, but it did come together. I received *coughs and shuffles feet* a very positive NWS report, so I decided to get Book 3 to stick its nose into the agent world to see what happened. Nothing is the short answer, but it remains a priority this year to have it nosing about some more. Just for completeness, this is Book 3 – working title Sins of the Mothers.

Three generations of women are affected by the past in ways they don’t even realise.

Ashley Burton’s dysfunctional relationship with her mother is surpassed only by the generation above. Pregnant and questioning her own ability to be a parent, she believes she must mend the rifts in her family to stand a chance. Why is her grandmother Jeanne so unwilling to talk about her life as a young woman in occupied France? Will Ashley find out or will the Sins of the Mothers live on?

Although I would like to have an agent and pursue the traditional publishing route with my books (the reasons for this I can give you another day if you would like to know them – just let me know in the comments) I am keen to experience the business of self-publishing too. I like the idea of being in control of the process and I think it will be beneficial confidence wise to JUST DO IT, so I’m planning to self-publish a collection of short stories, hopefully later this year. I say hopefully, not because I’m being a wuss, but because I have a tangentially related adventure to tell you about later that is going to take up time this year. Both ventures will need my full attention and I don’t know yet which will come first. I heard someone say recently (not to me) If you’re going to be half hearted about something, make it something else which I think is a good philosophy to live by and I’ll be deciding on my initial focus soon.

I think that’s it for now. How goes it with you? I’d love to know, so please get in touch either here or on twitter. Oh, and, elevator pitches can always be improved upon, so if there is anything bugging you about the ones above, let me know! Feedback would be much appreciated – thank you in advance. 🙂

Much love,

Elle. 🙂 xx

4 thoughts on “My writing – an update

  1. Well done on getting that first draft done. The burbs for books 3 and 4 sound intriguing. All the best with the self-publishing of the short stories. I’ve no regrets about going down the self-publishing route. But of course I’d be delighted if a traditional publisher came knocking. In the meantime though I wanted to get my work ‘out there’ – life being short etc. And traditional publishers are actually coming round to viewing self-publishers in a more positive light. I was at a talk recently by one of the commissioning editors at a Scottish publisher and she said they see the ‘indies’ as sort of time-served’ apprentices and have picked up a couple of books to re-publish following a self-published release.

    We write in interesting times 🙂 All the best with yours.

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  2. Elle, it’s great to read this update. I’m in awe of how much you have ‘on the go’ so to speak. I love the blurbs of both books 3 & 4 – especially 4 as it left me imagining all sorts of scenarios! Good news re the short story collection too. I think you’re wise to keep every option open as far as publishing goes. That was definitely my way of thinking too. Shut your mind off to nothing, as they say! I was just reading Anne’s comment above about agents viewing self-publishers in a better light now. I’ve heard this too. Whatever you decide to do, your books will find their right home. I am rooting for you, Elle. I love the way you write and can tell from your blog posts that your novels would be as engaging. Well done! Keep us posted. Love Jan 🙂 Xx

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