I have another River City book that will be releasing some time in May. I’ve got my cover, but a few friends have mentioned that they want more to the title. That’s actually an easy fix. So tell me what you think, Should it be Campaign or Campaign for Love ?
He’s campaigning for mayor and for her love, and she’s campaigning for his acceptance and for him to become mayor.
I loved writing the story and I’m very excited that it’s almost ready for release. Which is actually pretty typical at this stage. The book is still with my editor. As soon as it comes back, I tend to fall into some sort of pit when I look at all my mistakes. I swear I know the difference between there and their, so why did I screw it up in my manuscript? And why didn’t I spot it when I went through it looking for all those stupid mistakes – why didn’t my beta readers? I keep telling myself it’s why I hire an editor!
It’s important to me that I put out a clean manuscript. There is no such thing as a perfect one. And lately, I swear the big publishing houses have quit editing. Most of their editors are now freelancing. They expect books to come to them already edited. The last few books I’ve read that have been published by one of the big 5, have been so lacking in edits that it’s sickening. Indie authors are actually producing better quality books.
Did you know there’s a formula for the number of mistakes per word count that is considered acceptable? Really, there is. I want perfect! So far it’s never happened. But I strive for it.
I’m a reader, too! I love to read. I devour books every chance I have. But when I read, I look at books differently these days. Yes, I have my favorite authors. And I have my favorite author friends.
My Kindle is overflowing. I need to learn to organize it. I know everyone probably thinks I only read romance stories. Not true. My favorite tends to be cozies. Hamish MacBeth and Miss Marple-type, think Murder She Wrote. I don’t like gore. And I don’t like plot twists that come out of nowhere with no clues. I’ll scoop up a Joanne Fluke book in a heartbeat!
I’ve read books that left me almost haunted (Other People’s Rules) with their endings, and others that I’ve wanted to toss across the room in frustration. I won’t read a bad book. My reading time is too precious to waste it. Actually most romance books leave me cold. That whole boy meets girl – predicable nonsense is not my cup of tea. I’m also not a suspense reader. I read to calm down! I want to relax and enjoy a good story. Or I want to read and laugh.
If I’m reading a romance, I want a hero that will stick with me. The kind of man who I could curl up and live with for a very long time. That guy who you can feel wrap his arms around you. And I want a female who is worthy of him. I want a woman who knows how to be a woman. Sometimes she’ll be everything I’m not and sometimes she’ll be everything that I am. Identifying with the characters is so important. Which might be why I tend to stay away from paranormal.
In this upcoming book, Brad is a good guy. He’s that guy you grew up with and lived down the street. You know him. “Ryn” is the centerpiece in this story. She’s going to make you think twice about people. She’s pretty, very petite, and she’s very different. She seems to have it all, but really she doesn’t. You might not agree with her, but I hope you find her fascinating.
What’s your idea of a good book?