It’s been two years since my novella, The Lerewood, has been published with Kellan Publishing. To be quite honest, my focus has been more on writing my second book than marketing and promoting The Lerewood. I’ve set goals for myself in the recent past to work towards making more successful sales for The Lerewood, but I’ve been spending most of my time just either writing my second book or working one of my two jobs. I think what I need to do is create a habit, write my daily goal in my planner, and stick to it. I’d like to mainly get more reviews for The Lerewood on Goodreads and Amazon, and possibly do more giveaways and maybe even try to organize a book signing or other event, as well as work on my social media presence to gain followers.
Since most of those goals for The Lerewood are still being worked on, I’ll tell you a little bit about my next book.
I’m only on chapter three since I’ve started writing the book chronologically, but I have hundreds of pages in scenes and in notes. The way I write is a bit strange—if any writers write the same way, let me know in the comment section! What I do is, I’ll write a whole bunch of different scenes, and then I’ll organize them as separate word documents in different folders (in this case I’m starting a series, so I have a folder for each book, and then I put the different scenes, as word documents, into each folder. So if I want a certain scene in the first book and another scene in the third book, I’ll place them in the correct folder). Then once I have hundreds of pages of writing material, I organize them chronologically or piece them together like a puzzle, and I fill in any missing pieces. I actually like to think of it as the alphabet. Let me explain:
Let’s say my random scenes represent a handful of letters in the alphabet—D, F, H, I, L, O, Q, R, T, X, Y. Then, once I have these ‘letters’, I start the book from the very beginning. I write ‘A’, then ‘B’, then, ‘C’…and then I already have D, so I just copy and paste that material in my book. It’s a little strange and hard to describe when someone asks me “How far along are you in your second book?”. I’m far along…but then again I’m not. So I may only be on chapter three, but I have future chapters already written.
As for the plot, it’s about a Scottish criminal, Mr. Killian, who’s looking to hire a nanny for his daughter, Elspeth. He interviews a woman, Abigail, for the position, but she isn’t who she says she is. Killian suspects she is a spy, but that’s far from the truth.
The series, an expected trilogy, will follow Abigail’s secret, her relationship with Killian, Elspeth, and Killian’s friends, girlfriends, and enemies. It’s predominantly a romance, and I wanted to create a romance that felt real. I typically don’t read romance novels because I feel like the characters fall in love too quickly, or the relationship otherwise feels forced or fake. Real love forms with time, and through hardships, in my opinion and experience, and that’s what the Killian series will be all about.
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Check out my previous blog here, in which I discuss writing dialogue.
~ Andrea Churchill
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