Dear Jane and Chantelle and All my Readers:
The very first thing I want you to know is that I WILL NEVER GIVE UP ON YOU OR THIS BOOK SERIES. Y’all mean the world to me and I want you to have the books in your hands just as badly as you want to read them.
Evermore WILL be a book. It IS coming. I cannot tell you when, but I did promise a fourth book and there will be a fourth book.
And there will be better-written books.
And even more books after that.
So please don’t lose hope or give up on me.
With that being said, I am writing a brand new book for NaNoWriMo, one I started researching back in 2015. I don’t know if I’ll finish it or not but I needed to create something new, different, to keep from wearing myself out.
I am still working extremely hard on the Pretty in Black series so please don’t think I’ve given up on that just because I’m working on something new. I just needed a small break. Yes, I’m doing NaNoWriMo but I’m still writing Pretty in Black too. I have sooooo much to do, it’s all very stressful and exhilarating at the same time. But I promise you that books are coming. All of the older books I’ve written (Frankie’s Monster, Eternally, The Summer of You and Me, the Pretty in Black series) will be returning as shiny, polished, professional novels.
There will also be a (re)launch of the brand new Pretty in Black books first. Evermore will release after books 1-3 are back out there in their shiny new forms. The reason I cannot give any specific release dates at this time is because the books are not ready.
What’s taking so long?
I am rewriting the books.
In fact, I will be rewriting every book I’ve written since 2011. Aaaaand working on brand new books too.
Because I wanted to go PRO.
What is Pro writing? It’s when your book is 100. No typos. It’s written well, it flows well, and SELLS. The book has a nice cover, epic editing, the whole package, no corners cut. And that takes time, blood, sweat, and tears to achieve, aaaaaand, an astronomical amount of edits. Edits that I am doing myself. Yep, that’s right. I don’t have an editor. I am training myself to perform ALL of the edits, developmental and copy.
I’m wearing all the hats. The writer, the developmental editor, the copy editor, eventually the publisher, and even the marketer.
What this means for me most of the time is a flood of ugly crying and then sucking it up so I can keep on moving.
Sometimes, writers want to be authors, not writers. They want to see their book in print and they want to see it there now. Instant gratification. This can lead to a LOT of mistakes. I would know because I’ve been there, done that, own every T-shirt. And I’m not about to do it again.
Books aren’t supposed to be just written. They need to be rewritten. And then maybe rewritten again. And revised. If a writer isn’t doing that then she’s doing it WRONG. I cannot say it enough.
(I can’t give you Evermore because Evermore does not exist in its super-polished readable form yet.)
I wanted to be a professional writer so badly that I’ve been going to writing school, y’all. Learning how to write, structure, plot, and even do developmental edits.
I could find an editor, but this is a skill set I want to have myself. I think that a writer needs to be able to trust his or her own vision and know what needs to be cut, fixed, changed, rearranged, and WHY.
I feel as bummed and let down as you do, if not more, and my health has taken a dive because of that. You don’t deserve to have to wait this long but you don’t deserve crappy books either. I shouldn’t have been a shitty author to begin with. I should’ve been a better writer. But I was too young and naive when I began to know any better. And now that I do, I have to do better.
All I can do now is hope that you will not give up on me and then do everything I can to make it up to you in the coming years, starting, hopefully, next year.
I don’t want to be not even 1/100th of the reason why there’s still a stigma against Indie authors and their books because OOPS, I didn’t rewrite mine. It didn’t receive any developmental edits or professional copy edits, and now there’s a typo on page 10 and three more on pages 25-28.
Listen, when I go to reed a book, especially won I’m paying money four, I want a fluid reading experience, not one riddled with annoying mistakes that jump out like fleas and make you want too throw the book across the room or pull you’re hair out. That’s . . . not fun, people.
LOL, see what I just did there? How frustrating is that?!
There is a LOT going on and there is a LOT in the works currently, but I don’t want to talk about anything specifically right now. I want to take this opportunity to ask you two things:
1. Inbox me (e-mail, comment, Twitter, Instagram, etc) any questions or concerns you have about the NEW Pretty in Black books because I want to compile a big Q&A or FAQ right here on this blog. Anything you want to know (what changes are being made, what the storyline will be like, etc) I will do my best to answer for you.
2. Please do not give up on me or lose hope.
Sincerely, your writer, and author,