Opportunity knocks

LSDL cover finalCan you believe it’s gonna be April tomorrow?

One more day of school and the kids break up for the end of Term 1, and Easter holidays. So we’re looking forward to indulging in Hot Cross Buns, and for the daughter who can’t abide cooked raisins — strange child; she must take after her father — Choc-Cross Buns on Friday. And then getting into my stash of Easter Eggs on Sunday. Or maybe even Saturday, if we just can’t resist the allure of my not-so-secret chocolate stash another day.

I’ve got a heap of writing to get done over the Easter break, so I’m hoping I don’t succumb to the flu the rest of my family have come down with!

Among other things, I’ve had an offer from Red Sage to publish one of my manuscripts — yeeha! They’re happy to buy it as it stands, which is freaking fantastic! But my wonderful editor is convinced that it’d have even more potential as a longer book. And I gotta admit, I love the characters and the story so much that I’m willing to go for it and add another 8,000 words based on her suggestions. More on that later as I don’t want to jinx it until it’s “real”.

And before I get stuck into those 8,000 new words, I’m racing through what was planned as a full length category novel, but is now being scaled back to a novella. I’m 10,000 words in at the moment — a third of the way through. If it doesn’t work as a shorter book, and isn’t suitable for another opportunity I’m exploring, then I’ll know within the next day or so. And I’ll put it aside until I have time to develop it as orginally intended. Nothing like having options, LOL.

I also have a full manuscript — a 90,000 worder — that’s being looked at right now. It’s a straight fantasy with a rather erotic-sounding premise. Be interesting to see whether it needs to be reworked to better fit the erotic romance genre — and if so, how extensively.

I’m also due to hear back soon from another editor who’s looking at one of my older manuscripts — fingers crossed for some good news on that.

So all of a sudden, I’ve gone from no options, to more options than I could have ever anticipated.

I promise that all will be revealed in time. Or not, if these opportunities don’t pan out. Such is the business of writing.

In the meantime, I’m also gearing up for the launch of LET SLEEPING DEMONS LIE on May 1st.

I’ll be guest-blogging in various places, as well as offering a couple of chances to win an electronic copy of my new release. And as I did with my first novella, I’ll be running a month-long contest here on my website, giving people a chance to win, too.

So for your chance to win, watch this space for details over the next couple of days.

Cheers, and have a very happy Easter break,

M

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4 Responses to “Opportunity knocks”

  1. Sandi Lomonaco says:

    Maree,

    How exciting for you with news from Red Sage and your other manuscript!! I am so keeping my fingers crossed for you.

    • Maree says:

      Thanks, Sandi!

      Here’s hoping I can pull it off as a longer book and give a certain alien a few more opportunities to showcase his talents and er, use his “assets” in new and exciting ways ;-)

  2. rowena says:

    Way to go Maree – which book is it that’s been accepted by Sage? And all those other requests. Fill me in…………

    • Maree says:

      Rowena, it’s my Space Opera that they’ve made the offer on. I’ve been kinda only hinting because it won’t seem “real” until I finish adding to the wordcount and get the final okay from my editor. And I’m getting started on it next week, come rain, hail or shine…. or other school holiday distractions, LOL.