What's Next?

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Now that I’ve sold, I’m starting to think about second books and what I have and what they need to be ready. Hot Shot and Smoke both have been through the revision process from an editor. Except for DLB, which is with Susan Litman for SRS, I don’t have anything else with that level of polish.

Here are my books, in descending order of readiness:

Beneath the Surface – maybe needs one more pass if I leave it as a RS, but if I change it to paranormal, that’s a lot of rewriting.

Breaking Daylight – going through critique group now

Ghost of a Doubt – needs to go to critique group

Vanished – I’m not sure about this one. I like it, but I was told that since the h/h aren’t in real danger, it’s not going to sell. But it’s done, has an ending, probably needs more polish and maybe critique group.

Spy Girl – need to build up hero/villain’s motivation and backstory, revise and give new title.

Second Chances – need to rewrite the back half and give it a new title.

Eden’s Promise – want to revise this one for the Shomi line.

Heart of a Knight – not sure. Maybe worth the effort. Needs big revisions and polishing.

Pride’s Fall – I think this would be good for WRP. I actually have to retype it (it’s that old) and boost the conflict and romance.

The Simple Life – My main couple is dull. I still love the story. Will need reenvisioning.

Everything else stays under the bed. Lessee, that’s…GBGB, zoo, DiD, 2 single dad stories, a basketball hero, a military hero, and I think 1 more.

Of course, I’m still writing my Vamp Hunter and my small town story, and I have a couple of other intriguing partials….

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Anonymous said...

WHOA Mary. That's quite an impressive list. :-) Have fun figuring out what's next.
Enjoy your week. I'm so jealous.

Bonnie Staring said...

Oh Mary, after reading your list I need a nap. LOL

Marianne Arkins said...

I'm in the same boat! LOL... You work and work to get that first book sold, and then... what? You want to keep up the momentum!

Good luck choosing.

MJFredrick said...

Thanks, y'all! Yeah, I have a lot of mss, but nothing ready to go right now. I'm going to start revising again as soon as Nano is over.


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