Thursday, July 06, 2006


I feel the need to ramble tonight, so bear with me.

A wee bit of history: I've been writing romance for five years now. It took two years to complete the first manuscript, but when it was done, I decided that I needed to start thinking about getting my work published. So - I began the long journey. Submit, rejected, submit, rejected, submit, . . . . You get the picture. But that was okay because as I was getting rejected, my writing was getting better. I hope it's still getting better. But -- what was my ultimate goal?

My first goal was to be published before my kids hit college so that this second career might help with those college expenses I'm dreading. When I realized this might not happen, my second goal was to publish before retirement so that I would be well-established as an author by the time I retired from teaching. I'm too restless to just sit around the house, so I thought - what better way to spend my off hours than to write what I love.

So where am I? Overwhelmed. I was very excited to accept my first contract with Champagne Books. And Celestial Dragon has far exceeded my expectations. It's gotten great reviews. It's now a best seller for Champagne and it's the Publisher's pic for June. All very exciting which of course has led to Champagne deciding to put it into print, release TBA.

Prior to all of this, in my infinite wisdom, I realized when I got my contract that I was going to have to wait a year and a half for Celestial Dragon to be released, so of course, I'm thinking I need to line up some other books. I have four more books contracted with Champagne. Sarah's Brass Token comes out in December. And the other three all come out in 2007. Whaaaa. When am I going to have time to promote, write more and teach? Overwhelmed. Of course not. When Celestial Dragon does go to print, I'll have to figure out a way to send off promotional packets to bookstores and promote Sarah's Brass Token and start school all at the same time. But hey - I'm super woman. This is all doable. Really.

Goals? My new goal is to survive being published and remain sane when deadlines start piling on top of one another. That's a reasonable goal.

Would I change anything? Absolutely not. While I'm overwhelmed, I'm also happy. I'm doing something I truly love. What more could I want out of life?


1 comment:

Becka said...

I'm right there with you, Ciara. I have three books contracted with Champagne, two of which haven't even been WRITTEN yet, one of which I still have to finish. On top of all that, I'm working on a sequel to another story while having at least 10 other WIP's demanding attention.

Not to mention the fact that I homeschool my kids and have to take care of this huge, cavernous place I call home. At first I thought it was awesome to have such a big house. Now I realize it's merely more space for the cobwebs to accumulate. LOL

And then after all that is done, I've got dinner to plan and make, and quality time to spend with the DH. So when can I write the aforementioned books? I usually spend most of my free time promo-ing nowadays. My next deadline isn't until Dec. 1st, but that will be here before I know it.

There aren't enough hours in the day. I need a vacation from my family. I love 'em, but dang, I need some ME time. :)