Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Another Writing Year in the Books

Well, here it is. December again… *groan* It’s that time of year to stress over what Christmas gifts to buy and how much you spend on them. And with kids, you always wonder if you got them everything they wanted because that’s what it’s all about right; making your little ones happy.
December is also a time for reflection on what things you accomplished and what you didn’t. As an author, you’re thinking about your personal goals; what you released, how much money you made, and what you did to gain new fans? Well, since I can only speak for myself, I’ll comment on what I thought was an interesting 2014. 
When I look back at the books I released, I see most of them were for my free series, The Wretched. Not that there’s a lot wrong with free books because readers love them and being a reader myself, I love getting a chance to find a diamond in the rough through a free read. On the other hand, it took up a lot of my time. I got so engrossed in The Wretched, which actually gained a nice following, I didn’t plan correctly to work on more books. In fact, not counting the free series or my freebee Meant to Be, I only released six  seven books; Something About Jayden, Sex Type Thing, I Love You Rhett Vorhees, Chance of a Lifetime, I Love it Rough, and Mon Frere: Facing Your Fears.
Now you might say, six seven books is a lot, but considering my Wretched series alone had double that for the year, it really isn’t. For the time spent on The Wretched with my wicked muse girl BL, I missed out on opportunities. I also lost four publishers; two closed and the other two, my contracts were running out. With that I have a double digit number of stories and or books that need to be redone.
A word some authors hate, revisions because in most cases your first draft with your new publisher probably sucked. And that’s okay, because you continue to learn as an author as you go along. You’ll never make the perfect book, but you can be damn near close. That only comes with learning from editors, fellow authors, and or betas and it takes lots of time and practice. Believe me, I’ve seen some of my old ones and I know they all need a major rewrite. *snort* It’s part of the journey and necessary if you want to continue to be successful.
So after saying all that what is my point here? Basically, I felt my 2014 could be called a learning experience from the hard knocks of the publishing world. I also want to state that I’m not complaining nor am I saying that free stories aren’t good. They are but I believe they should be done in moderation. *laughs*
I have other things I learned and I’ll share what I believe those are in my post next month.

Thanks for listening. 

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You may noticed I crossed out six and put seven in my post. It might be eight but it will all depend on how quickly I can get No Denying Sin and Under the Gun passed the editing table and out for publication. 

Still number seven is the newest from Michael Mandrake. So new, it's coming out today. 

Every once in a while, the average looking guy scores!

Robert McIntyre is a closeted, average looking sports columnist for the Daily Read. Unfortunately, his desire to stay in has cost him the chance at love more than once. However, now it seems his luck will change since his editor has asked him to interview, Jake Valenta. Jake and Robert knew one another in college and when he heard from a mutual friend that Jake might be bisexual, Robert didn’t believe him.

Before Robert’s trip, they discover a mutual affection for one another. Jake shares his desire to stay behind closed doors because he can’t stand being called a fag, but desperately wants Robert to be his man.

Robert and Jake want a chance to reconnect on a more personal level, but will this budding relationship ruin their careers?


“Hey, Robert, it’s Jake again.”
I grinned and cocked an eyebrow. “Hey, um, yeah I thought we weren’t gonna talk until I made it down there?”
“You really didn’t think I’d wait until then, did you? I’ve waited for a long time to talk with you, Robert. Like Lori and Alex said, no time like the present to get to know one another  again. Besides, when coach told me Robert McIntyre would be coming down to get an exclusive on me, I thought it would be the best time for us to catch up.”
“Robert, we didn’t spend a whole lotta time together at Oklahoma State. You were a junior when I first came in. I didn’t think you’d want anything to do with me.”
“I did, but….” I got up from my desk and walked by the window so none of my co-workers would listen to what I was saying. “You and Chastity were a hot item. When the two of you got together, we rarely saw one another except at parties. Then I graduated—”
“Yeah two years too soon, Rob. I swear, I wish I had more courage to come out, but I don’t have the temperament to deal with people calling me faggot. I’m a hothead, so I’d be ready to whoop ass the second someone says the word.”
“Yeah, I um—wait, Jake, did you say—” I nearly lost my balance when I heard Jake Valenta say he was gay.
Jake laughed out loud. “C’mon, Robert, don’t play dumb with me. You were well aware Chastity and I faked our relationship. Lori told Alex, and I know she didn’t keep that information to herself.”
“No, she told me, but I didn’t believe it because—”
Jake interrupted me. “I know, ‘cause I play straight real well.”
“And I always will, Robert, ‘cause I can’t deal with stupid people saying those words. Here’s a scoop for you, Robert. I’m gay and always have been. Of course, if you print it, I will deny it. Baseball is still in the dark ages when it comes to these types of things, and until someone else carries the torch for us, I’ll be proudly staying behind the rainbow colored door. However, if people would stop acting like assholes and accept us for what we are, it might be sooner.”
Listening to Jake talk about his sexual orientation took me back in time. If only I had pursued him, if only I’d been less shy, if…
“Robert? Still, with me buddy?”
“Yeah, sorry. Anyways, you were saying?”
“It’s cool, man. We can talk more when we see each other. We lost so much time, Robert. I know we can’t make it all up when you come down here, but it’s a good start, right?”


Tina Donahue said...

Hope 2015 is easier on you. Publishing and writing is definitely not for the faint of heart.

jean hart stewart said...

Great excerpt and a great 2015 for you...

S.Lira said...

Thanks Tina, I hope so too!

S.Lira said...

TY Jean, I hope the same for all of us