I’ve been busy, as in busier than usual. I like to keep busy because it keeps me out of trouble. 😉 But this is the kind of busy where I’m behind in a lot of things, and one of those things have been emails. I owe some of you emails, and I hope to get through those this weekend.
So what have I been up to?
1. Picking the winner for this month’s giveaway on the Bargain Books for Your Nook blog.
I have to randomly select (via random.org) and notify the winner of the Bargain Books for Your Nook giveaway that he/she won tomorrow. Then I have to notify the authors who are participating in the giveaway when the winner lets me know which email address to gift the Nook books to. While they sounds simple, I’ll be answering questions the authors have and trying to make sure the winner receives all the books promised to him/her. While it’s not difficult, it’s time consuming. So please be patient as I work through all of that.
This is the last month I’ll be running a giveaway on that blog like I’ve been doing because of the time involved. In the future, Rose Gordon (who also administers the Bargain Books for Your Nook blog) and I are thinking of running two contests a year on that blog. One might be in the summer and the other around Christmas. But instead of books, we’re thinking of giving the winner a Nook and/or a B&N gift card. So that will cut down the time consuming aspect of it all.
We’ve also shut down submissions from authors on that blog and will find books on our own with the help of contributors Stephannie Beman and Robert M. Yelverton. (Most of you know who Rose Gordon, but in case you don’t, this is her bio on the Bargain Books for Your Nook blog.) I want to make it clear that Rose was the one doing all the busy work of handling author submissions. Compared to the work she put in, the monthly giveaways I did was minor. (I want to make sure I give Rose the credit due to her. :D) Starting April 1, we’ll have equal share in posts and any giveaways.
2. My husband is home, and we’re getting a lot of stuff done with the house and spending time together as a family.
And when I say a lot, I mean having new tile put in the dining room and doing a thorough cleaning of the house. My homemaking skills (for lack of a better term) leave a lot to be desired. Hey, I want to write, not clean. I did clean, but it was in a burst once a month where I enlisted the help of all the kids. To make matters worse, I usually had this “pack rat” mentality. I know I could throw something out but hesitated to do so just in case that weird event came by where I needed something I never use. Know what I mean? So my husband has been doing the Spring Cleaning (yay!) where we’re freeing up the space.
As for doing things as a family, we’re not home much, which means I’m away from my computer. When we come home, I write and blog, and that’s about it. I still want to make my daily word counts and make blog posts to keep current on my work.
3. I’m still writing.
I don’t know how to explain this except to say that I have to write or else I get restless. So I try to make sure I write something every day, even if it’s just a blog post. Writing keeps my creativity flowing, too.
For the past week, I’ve gone back and modified parts of An Inconvenient Wife. This cost me about 2000 words but overall, I gained 8,000. So while I took some words out, I added others. It’s still pretty rough, but at least I’m on the right track and can move forward with the book. I don’t often rewrite, but if I do, I prefer to do it before I finish the first draft because otherwise, I feel like I’m wasting time.
I’m making good progress on Her Heart’s Desire and Bound by Honor, Bound by Love. I’m not sure (yet) if Bound by Honor, Bound by Love will make it to a full-length novel though (just a warning in case it ends up being a novella). I think it will be a full-length novel, but it depends on how things play out. At the moment, the pacing is great. Nothing is rushed and nothing drags. But we’ll see how things continue. I’ll end a book at a strong pace before I let it drag. I see no reason to use unnecessary scenes.
4. I bought copies of my paperbacks for a few future giveaways I’d like to do.
I was thinking of doing this at Goodreads because I keep hearing what a great opportunity it is for authors, but to be honest, I’d rather have my paperbacks with people who’ve stuck with me. So I’m going to do the giveaways on this blog. I think I’ll giveaway books according to the series they belong in. For example, the South Dakota Romance Series has Loving Eliza, Bid for a Bride, and Bride of Second Chances. I’d offer the complete set in a giveaway. I don’t have a lot of books per series, but I have a few series out. I can’t offer the Native American set until Bound by Honor, Bound by Love is published, which will be around July (I hope). And it won’t be until August or September when the paperback is out. The paperback takes longer to get together than the ebook.
Anyway, as I do these giveaways, I’d also like to offer paperbacks from authors who write romances similar to mine. I’ll give out more details in the months to come.
I think that’s it. Now it’s time to make sure my kids take a bath before bed. I hope to do an interview with Claire (heroine in An Inconvenient Wife) and her sister Lilly because I’m going to have to write Lilly’s story in a future book because she made a huge error in judgement in An Inconvenient Wife. I guess some characters have to learn their lesson the hard way. 😉