As I look back on 2011 and think of all that I accomplished and all that I just didn’t get to, I see that the year held a number of “firsts” for me. I consider that to be a good thing. Acknowledging that an achievement is a “first” means that it’s something brand spankin’ new; a fresh challenge; a pushing at my personal boundaries and looking beyond, even if it’s not the easiest option, which is exactly how I’d classify my approach to my writing in 2011.
So here are my “firsts:”
I went Indie. I released my first self-published eBook in August
My sensual medieval romance Dance of Desire was the first full-length manuscript I sold to a publishing house, back in the fall of 2004. It was the first mass market paperback to hit bookstore shelves with my name on the cover (wow!) . I held Dance of Desire in my hands and marveled that, finally, I’d done it: I’d become a published author, as I’d always dreamed.
At the end of 2010, after my former publisher decided to stop printing paperbacks, I got the rights back to this novel and all of my other previously published historical romances. I thought then about reissuing Dance of Desire myself, but this meant learning about formatting and all of the other details. Ugh! My brain just wasn’t ready for that.
It wasn’t until August that I tackled the daunting learning curve and, with the help of my technical genius husband, figured out how to “make it so.” I’m so glad I did. I’m thrilled that Fane and Rexana’s fast-paced, romantic story, which is one of my personal favorites of all the books I’ve written, is available to readers via Kindle and Nook.
Since the book is very different in tone and style to my historical romances, I decided to use the pen name Cate Lord (Lord is my maiden name). Lucky Girl was released in trade paperback and eBook formats in September. With luck, Cate Lord will have more contemporary book releases in the near future.
I honored my writing roots. The first historical romance novel I ever wrote was reissued in December
Years ago, after reading lots of historical romances, I decided to try penning one. My daughter was a baby then, and I was a stay-at-home mom. While my daughter napped in the afternoons, usually for about 1-1/2 hours, I wrote.
Being swept away from the household chores into a medieval world characterized by treachery, passion, willful damsels, and gorgeous alpha male knights was exciting and, dare I say, addicting. I wrote A Knight’s Vengeance while my daughter grew into a toddler and made strides of her own: she learned to crawl, speak her first words, and walk. I attended the meetings of local writing chapters, entered my work into contests, and researched all I could about the romance novel industry. I joined a critique group.
When I finished Vengeance, I started from page one and revised the manuscript again, and again, improving the characters and story each time. Vengeance sold shortly after Dance of Desire.
Vengeance was my second book published in paperback, but after I offered outlines of follow-on stories, it became the first in my Knight’s Series. To be able to reissue this novel that I consider to be integral to my development as a historical romance author was thrilling and rewarding. It became available on Kindle on December 18.
I plan to release the rest of my Knight’s Series books as self-published eBooks in 2012; another first. I can’t wait to see what new “firsts” 2012 has to offer.
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What “firsts” did you have in 2011? Any “firsts” you plan to tackle in 2012?