An adventure in sucking it up

I think maybe my post should be about what I’m working out instead of what I’m working on. What I’m working on is the second book in a series that I have not yet sold. I am not thrilled about this. I am, in truth, a little scared. This is, however, the story of my life in publishing, so I will repeat—one more time—Suck it up, buttercup!

Ah, there, I feel better, don’t you?

Thumbnail McGuffey's          I must admit that from this point in the post, I went on…and on…about what I was working out, which was a 2-star review from RT on my last book. When I realized I had gone from Suck it up, buttercup! to whining in less than a heartbeat, I cut the rest of the post.

And now I do feel better.

Back to what I’m working on. Are you still there? Oh, good.

As I said hours ago, in the first paragraph, I’m working on a series. It’s the first time I’ve ever tried it, even though I’ve mentioned people and locations from book to book, and…there’s a whole lot to it!

I made what I thought was a fairly complete bible of things so that when I started the second book, the transition would be smooth. Name and events would stay the same. All would be well and easy. Of course.

I’m still on the first chapter of Book Two and I would venture to say I’ve had to refer back to Book One at least ten times. So maybe the bible isn’t all that complete.

When I first started, I put the couples together, wrote sketches about them and their stories, and made notes on their appearances. However, in Book One, when I got to know them better, I found out I had the couples wrong. This would be okay except now there is one girl—my favorite, no less—who no longer has a mate-in-situ. The series was only supposed to be three books. Does this mean there will be four? When I can’t even get out of Chapter One in Book Two?

And now I am excited, because now I remember why I write books. It is because I love writing more than almost anything. Yes, indeed, I feel lots better.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone. I hope 2015 is the best of times.



An adventure in sucking it up — 17 Comments

  1. Hey, did I write this post and then forget. I always try to tell myself a review is one person’s opinion. One person. Go look on Amazon, I’ll bet there are no 2s there.

    I make a Bible and get the book the Bible came from wrong. LOL

  2. Liz, you are so right. We wouldn’t put ourselves through all this trouble if we didn’t love to write. I also think we love the way characters develop without our knowledge. Being surprised as we write is so much fun.

  3. Funny, I’m exactly where you are. Book one in a new series written. Wrote chapter one of book two and am having a hard time getting beyond that. Hopefully after the holidays are over and life goes back to normal we’ll both get our motivation back!

    • I wonder if this is just the way it goes. Having never done a series, I don’t know, but I’m glad I’m not the only one–though I hope we both get out of our stuck spot! Merry Christmas, Jannine.

  4. Thanks for sharing your experience, Liz. We’ve all had those reviews that make us want to hide in the corner, sucking our thumbs and clutching our blankies. Or is that just me? I’ve struggled with keeping stuff straight in a series, too. So I’m trying to create the series bible from the beginning as I create this new series which I plan to indie publish.

  5. If it’s any comfort – and I don’t know that it would be, but… – the first of my books that RT reviewed, PLATINUM, got two stars. *Horrible* review. Now I’ve gotten the Seal of Excellence from them, first honorable mention on the SoE, Top Pick Gold and 4.5 stars on other books. Just saying that hitting the right reviewer can be a crapshoot. And that I’ve gotten to be a better writer, too. All hail the learning curve!

  6. This must be a common thread in writing. Letting a less than stellar review upset us. Getting stuck on chapter one of book two (where I’m at btw). Like you, I have to remember why I started writing in the first place – because it’s fun!

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