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What Am I Working On?

In short: not my blog LOL!

Nah, just kidding. I did put aside weekly blog posts some months back, but that was a strategic decision. Sometimes I need to shake-up how I work to keep myself productive, and reducing my blog post frequency was part of that most recent shake-up. But that doesn’t mean I’m abandoning the blog entirely–not at all!  In fact, you’ll probably start seeing regular “What Am I Working On?” posts quarterly. See, I’ve started this new work management system I learned at the RWA National writer’s conference in July and it’s fantastic! Part of it involves focusing on 2-3 goals one quarter at a time, then reviewing my progress at the end of the quarter. So I’m going to post here each quarter with a quick rundown of what I’m focusing on.

Okay, where to start.

I completed a major revision in May of the first book in my latest project (it’s a 3.5-book series I’m currently calling The Cloaked Series.) The revision was requested by an agent I submitted to and really admire, so it was very exciting. I’ve sent that off and am now awaiting responses from that agent and one other.

Meanwhile, I attended the RWA National conference in July, as I mentioned above, and it was AMAZING! I met so many awesome writers, learned a TON, and brought back more free romance novels than I’ll likely be able to read this year (but I’m sure as heck gonna try!)


Me and writer-friend Lin being silly in the photo booth at the RITA Awards after party during the RWA National conference. It was a good night 😀

This quarter (well, August and September–I’m doing a short quarter so I can get on track with Q4) I’m focusing on sending out all of the material that agents and editors requested from me at the conference, reinvigorating my social media mojo so I can continue to meaningfully connect with more readers, and getting SHIFT and RECAST ready for re-release.


Yep, that’s right. I will be re-releasing new editions of all 4 books in the Shift Series (SHIFT, RECAST, DRIFT, and STAND) at the end of this year! Newly edited, with new covers, links to new exclusive content, and more. I’ll definitely be posting more about it, so stay tuned in the coming months.

So those are my focuses for Q3. In the spirit of reinvigorating my social media presence,  here are links to find me across the interwebs (including my new Facebook Group, Elle’s Belles!)


Elle’s Belles (a safe place to geek out about our favorite paranormal/fantasy beings–from my books or ANYWHERE! It’s brand new and just getting off the ground, but we’re already having a ton of fun. Join us!)



Elle's Belles


What Have I Been Working On?

Every once in a while, I like to give an update on my various projects and other authorly things that have been getting my attention lately. So, here you go: the latest What Have I Been Working On? post. 

In a previous update, I wrote that I was planning to pitch to a handful of literary agents and editors at Emerald City Writers Conference, in October. Well, I did that–and my favorite agent (the one I was most excited to pitch to) asked to read the first 100 pages of my manuscript! So I sent that to her lickedy split. Eight weeks later, she asked to read the rest of the manuscript! *happy dance!*  I sent that a couple of weeks ago, and now I’m playing the waiting game. *nail biting* So while I wait, I’ve been outlining book 2 in the series, and idea-gathering book 3.

Beyond that project, I’ve been working on the Newsletter (I’ve hit a snag with that, but I haven’t given up yet! So far it’s still on schedule. Stay tuned for updates) and blog posts, as well as website updates, and updating my profile pic on my various social media channels. You know, virtual housekeeping.

Finally, I’ve been reading Fifty Shades Darker and tweeting about it, with hashtag #ElleReadsFiftyShades, as discussed last week.  I’m having a seriously good time with the whole thing. Though I haven’t been able to read every night, I do get to log at least an hour most nights. Plus, I’m pretty certain I’m enjoying the book more because I’m tweeting about it, so that’s an added bonus.  It’s been awesome to see all your reactions to my tweets, and to read your responses, so keep ’em coming!

Until next week!

What Am I Working On?

It’s time for another ‘What Am I Working On?’ post!

Right now, I am deep in edit-mode for the project I’m currently working on: a paranormal romance set in New Orleans, code named CLOAK (click the link to go to the Pinterest board for this project). I mentioned CLOAK in my last ‘What Am I Working On’ post, where I was only about halfway through the first draft. I gotta say, I’m pretty happy with how efficiently I finished that draft–and the overall quality of it!

My editing process goes something like this:

  1. Read/Revise/Edit in Scrivener – this step is mostly about spotting obvious errors, tightening up scenes and taking care of any final to-dos. This is also the step where I confirm the order of scenes and make the first pass at inserting chapter breaks.
  2. Export to MS Word
  3. Read/Revise/Edit in MS Word + Grammarly – In this step, things get more serious.  I read the whole books again, with a tool called Grammarly (think MS Word spell checker on steroids) running alongside. In this step, I also firm up the chapter breaks and further nitpick sentences.
  4. Send to my Alpha Readers for review!  (This time, I have 4 Alpha Readers lined up and ready to go!)
  5. Take a break – while my Alpha Readers read and comment, I try not to look at the manuscript at all, so I come back to it with fresh eyes for step 6.
  6. Apply Alpha Reader notes – In this step, I go through each set of Alpha Reader notes and apply them to the manuscript.  Sometimes I have to make hard decisions, but for the most part, this is very cut and dry.
  7. Final Formatting – This time around, I’ll be formatting it for submission to publishers/agents, which means some different tweaks than formatting it for e-book publishing.
  8. Send to my Beta Readers for review!  – I’m not sure if I’ll be sending this to Beta Readers this time around.  My  Alpha Readers are awesome. It will depend on what kinds of notes I get back from them if I feel the story needs another round of review before submitting. So this step is TBD.
  9. Submit!  I’ll be pitching this manuscript at Emerald City Writers Conference in October, so its first submission is coming up quick!  Ready or not, here I come!

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