What the heck am I doing?

In 2010 I wrote a book in 45 days inspired by the fact that Stephenie Meyer was a regular mom who wrote a book series that became incredibly popular.

I think the fact that I didn’t find the writing of the first book, Twilight, to be particularly stellar fueled that inspiration. If she can do it why can’t I?

So I wrote. And following the advice of many, I wrote a book that I wanted to read.

In 2015 I started to share that book with the public. Technically speaking you would say I self-published it. At the time, I myself said that.

The reality is that I was dabbling. Connecting mostly with locals and pockets of online friendships.

But it was still pretty astounding, and humbling, to me how much people loved the book I had written.

Yet something wasn’t fully clicking for me.

Fast forward 5 years, I have sought feedback and worked with editors, written revisions and then completely tore the book apart and rebuilt it.

Hat tip to Emily who put me through my paces asking the impossible to answer questions that forced me to dig deeper and deeper.

The end result is an entirely new book that I love. And yes, for those who have been following me, I’ve loved every previous version.

But there is just something fundamentally different about the final copy of my book that I’m proud of. The writing is stronger, the plot is tighter, the characters have arcs and personalities – all of which was notably weaker in the first book.

I can honestly say that this is an entirely new book. It has been rewritten from start to finish and subplots have changed entirely.

Part of me has felt guilty about this, because of the early readers who loved the first version so much. And because I left you on a cliff hanger. I really am sorry about that.

It’s been a learning experience for me… mostly to not be in such a rush and too eager. To give my writing time to simmer and breathe.

So what now?

Well, for starters, there won’t be any public versions of this book for a while. My focus at the moment is to query this book out to agents to see if I can get representation for traditional publishing.

I’ve also gone back to square one on book 2. I wrote the first draft of book 1 as a panster (an author term for flying by the seat of your pants). I didn’t do any outlining or planning. And for the full developmental edit, that created a whole hell of a lot of work.

So, for book 2, I’m approaching it as a plotter. I’m working on creating an outline and doing proper planning. I’m really curious to see how this pans out for the finished product. So far it’s been pretty exciting.

I’m also resetting all of my social media. This is hard for me, because it basically means starting from scratch. But the previous history on my accounts no longer align with the path I’m currently taking for my books and I’d rather not hurt my chances at getting an agent by having social accounts that need an explanation. Not that there was anything bad, those of you who know me know how upbeat and positive I am about everything. But even when trying to get an agent, brand is important.

The point of this post is to just give a little update to my followers. To let you know that I’m still at it, but I’m leaving book 1 alone now and focusing on a few things.

1. To get an agent

2. To recreate an amazing book 2

3. To build some kind of author platform

Thank you for your encouragement and support and for sticking with me. I’m sure I’ve been one of the most fickle authors you’ve ever followed. But I’m on a mission to change that.

You can continue to support me by following me on social as I get the accounts up and running again. First up is Twitter: https://twitter.com/tjonesauthor at the time of this post I have ONE follower lol – will you be #2? 😊

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