Yes, as I mentioned in my previous blog entry, I'm a busy homeschooling mom. I love what I'm doing there, as well. My son has needed me, and I have been glad that I'm in a position to help.
Both of these things, writing and homeschooling, have forced my decrepit body, still recovering (rather slowly) to step up to the plate and do what was necessary to move through the rest of the day. I'm grateful. What a journey! Tears of pain and tears of joy. What a mix!
Although the homeschooling has slowed my writing to an almost stop, I have begun again to be able to fit a little bit of it in. I think it's a combination of desperation from missing the craft so much, but also, I think my body is finally starting to be able to handle more. (Actually, any time my kids step into the picture with a need, I seem to be able to do more than I previously was able to do. My senior in high school needs tuition. Need I say more.) :] Regardless of the reasons, I'm grateful that I can do more. It's been such a slow process for me to heal from cancer. Unbelievably slow. So slow that I still wonder sometimes if I'm not still dying. That's pretty slow, don't you think?
Yet, again, I'm reworking The Governess. I might even try a new title; The Vicar's Daughter. What do you all think? I need, need, need to press forward with completion of this book. I would very much like to publish it this year. HarperCollins (authonomy) has come out with a new Romance publishing imprint called Harper Impulse that I wish to submit my manuscript to. In the meantime, I will self-publish, just in case, in those three months of waiting, they do not ever get back to me.
All the Marketing blogs and articles that I read say that in order to sell successfully a book, the story has to be what the market is looking for. I understand this. I also know that The Governess, which is during the Victorian era, because of the timing, is not a welcome manuscript. If it was the Regency period, it would be welcome. However, I grew up reading Victoria Holt who wrote a lot of different periods, but mostly Victorian. So I'm hooked here on the Victorian period. I love them all, really. Anything to do with old England...I love it all. But I've written something that, on Authonomy at least, I had a following. I believe that if others like it as well, it can sell. So this is my new, bold approach. I have had a following, small as it may have been.
My new goal then is to grow that following and perfect what I have started the best I can and simply self-publish along with a new submission.
Can't hope but to try, right?
Wish me luck!