Hi! I'm Elizabeth Boyle, historical romance author and I was asked to write a year long blog series about what I do on a month by month basis to show not only the progress of a book, but the work an author puts in over the course of a year.
No, sorry, it is not all bon bons and lap dogs.
And there is so much more that has to get done than just writing pages. So what did I do this month?
I started January with a writer's retreat with my dear friends, Jane Porter, Megan Crane, and Liza Palmer. We took over a lovely condo in Palm Springs--which turned out to be sort of an equal travel distance for the four of us. We spent the four days writing, talking about writing--process, page production, music tracks, and plot points and more writing. And a lot of eating and laughing. It was a perfect way to start 2012.
After that page-o-thon, I went back to finishing up the tasks that had been put aside over the holidays--mostly, reading page proofs. Now you might think for an author, a task that involves sitting around and reading would be like candy to a baby. But most authors will tell you, reading page proofs is a drag.
This is because we've already read the book. We wrote the book. And we are now re-reading it for about the 20th time. I had to do page proofs for four different books this month: my June release, ALONG CAME A DUKE, and the ebook rerelease of my first three books, BRAZEN ANGEL, BRAZEN HEIRESS, and BRAZEN TEMPTRESS.
I am currently going through the Brazen books for the third time in two months to give them one last once over. In between all this reading, I've been plucking along and writing pages on my 2013 release, AND THE MISS RAN AWAY WITH THE RAKE.
What I found interesting about reading a book I had just written and the three books I wrote at the beginning of my career is how much I have changed as an author. I am still mulling over the things I like now, and the things I like from then that for whatever reasons, I haven't been doing of late. Always good to start the year with a little self-evaluation.
I am doing that in spades. As I move into February, not only will I be carrying those evaluations forward, but I am also hammering out the details with my publicist for my first multi-city book tour in June.
2012 promises to be a year of growth! What about for you?