Posts Tagged ‘Harelquin’

exercise #1

In order to grasp the full extent of the road behind me I decided to go through my files and see what litter I’ve produced thus far. What I found wasn’t pretty.


Are you a writer or, like me, a wannbe? You should play along at home, for shits and giggles if nothing else.


I went through my archives and found 8 manuscripts that actually made it past the idea stage, several ideas that that were no more than a few lines, and several things I had totally forgotten about.


I get so excited by a new idea that I just have to get it out on paper (or screen as the case is in this day and age) that I totally abandon whatever I was working on before. Oh at the time I don’t consider it abandonment; no rather I am just “taking a break” and exploring a new option before I lose it. Well, we all know what happened when Ross and Rachel “took a break”.


Behold! My Walk of Shame:

·        TUCKER :: 12,756 words to date :: last updated 05/02/08 :: target 60-65k words

·        PENELOPE :: 21,956 words to date :: last updated 01/15/08 :: target 60-65k words

·        FAITH :: 836 words to date :: last updated 11/18/07 :: target ??

·        JANE :: 306 words to date :: last updated 06/14/07 :: target ??

·        GIDGET :: 3,031 words to date :: last updated 06/14/07 :: target ??

·        BETH :: 1,845 words to date :: last updated 06/14/07 :: target ??

·        CAIRINE :: 6,329 words to date :: last updated 06/14/07 :: target 20-25k words

·        GRACE :: 2,908 words to date :: last updated 06/14/07 :: target ??


The list is in order of youngest to oldest – as best it can be. Apparently 06/14/07 is when I pulled my archives off of my Mac PowerBook and onto my jump drive so that I could work on them more freely. You see how well that’s gone for me.


Also I don’t have a target word count for many of them, reason being I keep changing my mind. The target of 60-65k is for the market I’ve decided will become my bread and butter: Category Romance. Yes they tend to have truly silly covers and even trulier sillier titles but because they publish such as huge number of titles per month the publishers are more willing to take chances on new authors. Or at least, this is my most desperate hope fueled by the sage advice of those in the know I have come across as a member of the RWA.


Most embarrassing from the list above is CAIRINE. I actually was lucky enough to get an editor appointment at the Dallas RWA Conference in 2004 and the editor actually wanted to see it. For whatever reason (mostly because I’m a moron) I never finished it and got it to her. WTF???


Right now all of the titles are simply the heroine’s name. I found it easier to tag them that way after my first title for GRACE was smacked down. GRACE had the working title The Care and Feeding of Bryans. Then Dr. Laura had to muck it up with her book of a very similar title. Besides, from what I hear there is a secret machine at Harlequin that produces titles based on marketing strategy and since that is where I have set my lofty sights and I am going to worry only about FINISHNG a book and sending it.


So that’s it. My not so secret shame. Damn. I got to get writing.