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May Wrap-up
Monday, May 31st, 2010

May was all about waiting. And not very gracefully either.

I waited to hear whether my Berkley editor liked my first book and whether she would approve the synopsis for the second. I’m still waiting.

I waited to hear whether my Samhain editor liked my third installment of the Lone Star Lovers series. She hasn’t gotten back to me either.

The waiting killed my productivity, which isn’t a very good excuse, but it’s hard to argue with your insecurities.

I did manage to write the first draft of a 16k short-novella then trashed exactly half of it and rewrote it into a 22k erotic novella. I rewrote it because even though I was having tons of fun with the sex in the story, I lost the emotions that go into building a relationship. I like the rewrite much better.

I still have six pages of a short story to finish today, revise tomorrow, and then submit for a Cleis collection of short stories. I don’t think I’ll have any trouble meeting that deadline.

May saw the release of Captive Souls, the print anthology co-written with Vivi Anna and Kimberly Kaye Terry.

Three short stories I had submitted in previous months to three publishers received their verdicts.
* Xcite turned down my entry in their “Kiss in the Dark” anthology.
* The editor for the Cleis “Passion” anthology accepted The Morning Ride.
* The editor for the “Mammoth Book of Hot Romance” accepted Hot Out Here.

June is going to be complicated month. I have a week where I will barely hit the keyboard due to a family reunion. And I lose another day on the 12th when I travel to Dallas to deliver the 5-year-old to daddy.

The Cleis collection, “Girl Crush” releases tomorrow, so I do have a book to push! Look for it tomorrow.

I fell very short of my goals for May, but I still intend to stick my neck out and state what I hope to accomplish in June.
* Once I have approval of my proposal for the second Viking book, write the first 7 chapters
* Write proposals for two Cleis anthologies
* Write a short story for the Cleis “Dream Lover” anthology
* Revise a proposal for Blaze
* Write chapter 4 of Cat Tails

I’m ambitious, but if I start out boldly, I can do it. Here goes.

P.S. Thanks, Rachel for the reminder. I also have an on-line month-long plotting bootcamp to lead along with my sister. Gah!

6 comments to “May Wrap-up”

  1. Rachel Lynne
    · May 31st, 2010 at 9:10 am · Link

    I know all about waiting … I could barely write a grocery list while waiting to hear about Ring of Lies!

    I hate to add to your very full June but you also have Boot Camp, right? I hope you are going to drop in, because I signed up again 🙂
    Have a relaxing Memorial Day, you deserve it twice over!

  2. Delilah
    · May 31st, 2010 at 9:29 am · Link

    Ugh! Forgot to mention, but didn’t forget. :mrgreen:

    You did see the postings on the yahoo group, right?

  3. Rachel Lynne
    · May 31st, 2010 at 11:31 am · Link

    I saw the Last Chance post, is that the only one? I signed up last night and got my receipt but haven’t gotten the invite yet. I hope it isn’t full 🙂

    Suggestion if I may … though where you or Elle would find the time! How about offering a mini plotting camp? say two weeks for those who’ve taken the course before and have all the handouts, etc. Less work for ya’ll but still give feedback and suggestions on main items like conflict, character arc, etc.
    A course on theme, internal/external conflict would be great too!

  4. Brandy W
    · May 31st, 2010 at 9:59 pm · Link

    I guess I think you’re superwoman since I look at your list and have every confidence that you will complete it or come pretty damn close to it.

    I took the plunge and signed up for the bootcamp as well. Should be interesting and I’m hoping fun.

  5. Delilah
    · May 31st, 2010 at 11:15 pm · Link

    Rachel! Thanks for the suggestion. Will certainly take it under advisement. Anything that makes my life easier is attractive!!

    Brandy! Now, I feel like I have to finish it all or tarnish my image in your eyes. :mrgreen:

    And yay on joining the bootcamp!!

  6. Fedora
    · June 3rd, 2010 at 9:10 am · Link

    Oh, wow, Delilah! You can do it–you’re amazing! And honestly, just looking at your list makes me tired 😉

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