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August Rundown

julia-raasch-143428.jpg Holy hell. Was that all one month? It seems impossible that five weeks ago I was technically an unsigned author, and now this. In case you missed all the excitement (or in case I wonder why I'm exhausted), here's a rundown of the things that happened this month.

  • August started a few days early when I signed my contract with Riptide on July 21. They wanted an MS to start editing by August 9, and thus writing went into overdrive.
  • I accidentally set a sweet potato on fire in the microwave, and thus the meet cute for Red Creek book 4 (assuming I survive writing books 1-3 and Riptide lets me write book 4) was born.
  • I started and finished my #10daysto20k challenge, surpassing all expectations by crossing the 30k mark on The Hang Up
  • I went on to write a total of 46,000 words on The Hang Up, Seb and Martin's story. How many of those words see the light of publication remains to be seen.
  • I read Wolfsong at 2 am and proceeded to swoon over Ox and Joe for weeks.
  • I accidentally started a book club. The results (as seen on my Facebook page) were hilarious and Canadian and we are definitely going to do it again.
  • Edits arrived from Riptide (already!?) and I have re-read the Pick Up, Kyle and Adam's story, three times this week. You're going to love them both so much. (If you haven't been formally introduced, you can meet Kyle here, and Adam here). Also, I am in awe of editors and the things they can see in what I thought was an otherwise pretty shiny manuscript.
  • After months (okay, years) of prodding from friends and co-workers, I started listening to My Dad Wrote a Porno. I think there's a blog post coming about it, especially about what it's bad for indie authors, but as a piece of entertainment, it's hilarious and you should all listen, but only with headphones and after the kids have gone to bed.
  • I got my first ever piece of fan mail (see Twitter for my squeeing)! You're all awesome!

For non-writing events, I also made three different kinds of jam, survived terrifying summer storms, went to a food and musical festival and a soccer game with my husband, managed to hang on to my day job for yet another month, and watched in horror as white supremacists marched through parts of the US and Hurricane Harvey put much of coastal Texas underwater.

These are the reasons I'm exhausted. One can only wait to see what September will bring! So far, more edits, more writing, a football game, headshots, and prep for GRL!

Sunday Run Down

216247_10151632534930520_1496248641_n As I'm sure you can imagine, it's been busy around here lately. True story, I got my first publishing offer on March 31, which was immediately followed by a flurry of agents, more publishers, emails written with shaking hands and, if we're being honest, a certain amount of hurry up and wait.

I wrote a more concise post about how it all went down on Medium, and it was picked up by the good folks at Art + Marketing. If you're a Medium user, I'd love it if you read it and leave me a little green heart.

Next steps? Well, we're in uncharted territory now. I need to have a polished MS for The Pick Up to Riptide in two weeks. Then I have to have book 2 done by the end of the year! I picked that deadline myself. Brave or stupid, as my husband would say. There's a lot of writing in my future.

I'll be in Denver in October for the GRL Retreat. If you're a m/m romance fan and planning on going, I'd love to see you! I'm going as a reader, not an author, but that doesn't mean we can't be friends :)

You Know What's Scary?

fear-of-heights-2040805_1920 You know what's scary? Asking people to read your books. Writing is safe. Writers are their own worst enemies, and if we get out of our own way, we can write some pretty good stuff. But asking other people to read it? Releasing those characters that you have loved and nurtured and kept safe in the warm cocoon of your brain? Trusting other people with those fragile words?


You know what's scarier?

Giving those words and those characters to strangers who are going to read it out loud and share it with the internet.

writershipAll of this to say, my episode of The Writership was posted while I was on a boat in the middle of the ocean. Seems fitting somehow. It took about four months, from submission to posting. I thought I'd be excited, but it took me four days after I got back to work up the courage to listen.

But it wasn't that bad.

In fact it was pretty painless. Leslie and Clark were lovely from beginning to end, and true to form, their critique was thoughtful and specific enough to help me, while still being broad enough to help other writers. So if you're excited about The Pick Up, have a listen! And if you're a writer who needs help sharpening your editing skills (don't we all?), maybe check out some of the archives. Thoughtful, kind critique is a gift, and makes sharing your work not quite so scary after all.