Monday, June 11, 2007


Happy Monday. I am brain dead.

For the last two weeks I've been working on the Amber Morn rewrite. Yes, just 10 days after turning the book's first draft in, I received my macro edit letter. Other than taking one day off for surgery, I've been working night and day--every day--for the last two weeks to finish the rewrite. I needed to email it off Sunday night.

I did.

Thus ends (at least for now) my writing of adult series. My next adult novels are going to be stand-alones. I noticed I've been leaning toward this even in writing the Kanner Lake series. KL is definitely a series of four books--same town, same characters. Yet each of the Kanner Lake novels has a different feel to it. You'll see that Crimson Eve is quite different from Coral Moon. And Amber Morn is different from the rest.

The four books can be read as stand-alones, as can all my series novels. But most readers don't tend to do that. If they pick up a "Book 3" they're not likely to buy it unless they've read books 1 and 2. So the sales of each book in a series can get harder to make. (This is why Zondervan and I always heavily market the first book in each series.) At any rate, in writing stand-alones, I won't face that issue.

I worked like a banshee all weekend (yes, I did manage to get to church)--but I took the time to read each comment from Friday. Many of them gave me a good laugh. Today I'll take on the difficult task of figuring out which one to crown as the winner. I'll let you know tomorrow.

For one day, I would love to rest, but I cannot. I'm late starting my next project.

Wow. Guess what? It's June.


Rachelle said...

For one day, I would love to rest, but I cannot. These authors keep sending me their rewrites and expecting me to READ them. :-)

(Reading yours right now. Mmm mmm, GREAT with my morning coffee.)

Kristy Dykes said...

Wah, wah. I've been on vacation and just saw the funny pics. Great lines, everyone!

johnny dangerous said...

I'm working on the third novel in a mystery series, though my agent has not yet sold the first two (he remains confident they'll sell, but I'm biting my nails waiting). Even so, I'm told by other mystery authors that sometimes the second or third book will sell first, and then the others are picked up. I've tried to construct them in a way such that they can stand alone and yet still make sense in sequence. Anyone else here sold a later entry in a series first, rather than the first book first (gee, I hope that made sense).

Rachel Hauck said...

Yay on finishing your rewrites. :) What a great feeling. No time to breathe, though? Onto next project. Blessing and grace to you!


Dineen A. Miller said...

Hey Brandilyn!
Congrats on finishing Amber Morn. Praying for a break for you. And some much deserved rest. :-)

Susanne said...

Wow, that was a lot of work in a short amount of time. Good for you for getting it done! Hoping you find some time to just rest and take a moment for yourself and don't forget to breathe. :v)

Suzie Eller said...

Hey Brandilyn,

I just found your blog and love it. I'll be back.

Suzie Eller (T. Suzanne)
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