Today’s post happens to coincide with the release of Boots on the Ground, the first novella in the Homefront Trilogy from Samhain! Although I’ve been growing more and more slack on the promotional side of authorial life, I’m taking a few minutes today to acknowledge something I am getting better at: sticking to it.

For someone who always credited herself with a pretty solid attention span (e.g. one of my favorite authors is Norman Mailer), my biggest hurdle when it comes to writing is simply staying focused. There comes a point in every manuscript where I develop a mental block, decide the whole idea is crap, lose interest, come up with a newer, better, shinier idea – and so on. As such I’ve always been hesitant to pitch series as, quite honestly, I don’t trust myself to meet the deadlines.

But today that all changes! Boots on the Ground is the first of three scheduled releases, and although I’m still doing developmental edits on book #3, I haven’t missed a deadline yet. And maybe I never would have, but the point is I’ve proven to myself that I can do it, I can sustain my interest in one arc and interrelated characters long enough to deliver what’s required. I’m sure this seems like small potatoes for many of my fellow authors, but for me it’s a big psychological step.

I’d love to know how others have learned to cope with the commitment required to consistently produce series. What are your techniques for enforcing stick-to-itiveness and meeting deadlines?

Boots on the Ground coverWith a life that started in foster care and nearly ended in the mountains of Afghanistan, Grady Reid is more than ready to hang up his sergeant’s stripes when his Army contract expires.

Small-town Meridian, Kansas, seems as good a place as any to finally put down roots. He’s dumped his savings into a ramshackle farmhouse and is on his way to trading bullets for bull breeding when an exquisitely beautiful, totally unattainable blonde turns his head faster than a pivoting cutting horse.

Dr. Laurel Hayes longs to escape the confines of stuffy, small-town life for an adrenaline-fueled, transient lifestyle delivering medical aid in unstable regions around the world. Then she meets Grady, a man with enticing eyes, a slow smile—and not an ounce of the wanderlust that tugs at her soul.

Their lives are headed in opposite directions. But as something more powerful than attraction, desire, or even lust draws them together, something’s got to give…or their hearts could break under the strain.

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Stick-to-itiveness — 2 Comments

  1. Congratulations on the new series, Rebecca! I’m probably not the best person to ask when it comes to meeting the requirements of a series. I’ve only written one series, and when I lost confidence in book 2, seven years passed between the publication of book 1 and book 3. Yeah, I know. Ridiculous.

    But I learned a lot during those seven years. I learned a lot about the craft of writing, and the business of publishing. Most importantly, I gained confidence. I discovered I can finish a book and meet deadlines, and now I know I can finish a series. Once you accomplish something you’re in a much better place to do again and again.

  2. Congrats on the new release, Rebecca! You should have showed it off on Monday Excerpt here at CRC.

    When I read this: “There comes a point in every manuscript where I develop a mental block, decide the whole idea is crap, lose interest, come up with a newer, better, shinier idea – and so on.” I was thinking…My long lost sister! :-) So you are definitely not alone in this.

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