Tonight, I’m back to writing after a two-week vacation. It’s time to finish House of Cabal Volume Three: Orchard. This mostly means reading through the whole thing a few times looking for errors, as I’m not hiring an editor for this one. Gulp.
I’m not sure how long this will take, but I’m not rushing it. Still, you can expect a release this year.
I would have never released a book without hiring an editor when I was starting out, but this book is my sixth release, and I think I can manage to edit it myself if I’m diligent. Also, I did have a beta reader look it over, so it won’t just be my eyes on it.
Books are never error-free even with an editor’s help, but I would definitely recommend hiring one. And yes, I would hire one this time if I had the budget, but not quite enough people are reading my House of Cabal series to justify the expense.
Gentle nudge: If you’ve read either of the House of Cabal books, please review them. Volume two only has one review on Amazon. Thanks! Your help means a lot to me.
I’m not expecting to make a big splash with the release of volume three, but I’m playing the long game. I’m still working on ways for more people to discover the series and they will always be a part of my back library.
In other House of Cabal news . . .
I’m not a huge fan of the first paragraph of the first book. It’s definitely overwritten. I might simplify it a bit in the near future. I’ll probably also do a light readthrough polish of all three books before I release a collected edition sometime next year.
Well, I think that’s about it on the House of Cabal front. I’ll try to keep this blog a little more up to date going forward. Happy reading and happy writing.
Over the next eighteen days, I’ll be releasing the revised edition of The Forgiving, chapter by chapter, on a special website.
The revised edition of the eBook is now available in full HERE. The paperback will be available soon.
The first two chapters are already posted on The Forgiving website under The Book So Far… .
I thought I should make a quick note here:
Lake Arcadia: A Sex-Magic Novel is up on Amazon in eBook and paperback.
It already has two 5-Star reviews. I’m very happy about this. It seems some people are reading it very quickly!
It’s a contemporary gay romance with strange fiction elements like a pagan cult and time travel. The reviews sell it better than I ever could. It makes me feel really great that readers are really loving it.
You can see for yourself HERE.
So Lake Arcadia, my first romance novel, took me about two and a half years to write. Though, I’ve kind of lost track, to be honest.
How do people write romance novels so fast? Some romance writers produce a book a month! I tried to write mine fast, and it took me two years longer than expected.
There are probably a few factors as to why this is the case.
- I’m new to the romance genre.
- My book very clearly rejects some of the romance novel formula.
- There are some strange fiction elements that complicate things.
- I’m trying to hold my third-person prose to a high standard and didn’t want to compromise.
- My novel is fairly ambitious for something with erotic content.
- Oh yeah, and I’m a slow writer, rewriting everything over and over.
I’m not sure I’ll ever write an erotic romance again. I feel like I’ve left everything on the table with Lake Arcadia, but who knows what ideas will strike me in the future. That said, there will probably always be erotic and romantic elements in most of the stuff I write. Sex and romance are basic elements of life. But they aren’t ALL of life.
On the up side, this book is the longest I’ve written, and it took me the shortest amount of time to write. I’m making progress.
I definitely think Lake Arcadia taught me a lot. I can’t wait for you to read it.