By Marie-Claude Bourque
So with all the good news of publication around, I remain the one blogging Lolita unpublished in Steampunk (but so so thrilled for Liz, Theresa and Suzi- can’t contain my anticipation for these releases!)
Yes I got my first gothic paranormal book out with hopes to continue the series but for this steampunk novel, I’m back to square one, in completely uncharted territories.
And if you think being published elsewhere helps you sell, I’ll tell you this. It may help get you read faster but in the end it comes down to the same think as everybody else who is unpublished. Does the editor like your book? Does she love it enough that she wants to read it many times and think about it a lot and want to read more books by you. Does she think she can sell this to the public?
So here I am, back to square one and guess what? I love it!
Somehow not having this pressure of performing, not thinking of reviews and sales, is totally liberating!
I’m having a ball!!! Because I’m trying to build a carreer, my steampunk contains elements from my gothic paranormal series: mysticism, sex, action and strong characters. But they are having an adventure and I’m currently in this mode where I’m throwing in everything but the kitchen sink! Airship, mad scientist, Victorian lady, oriental courtesan, inventors and cryptozologist, desert travel, steam train, a grand society ball and a sinking island, home to a coven of witches.
Just plain old fun. Once I decided that this was my “hobby” book, I started to free myself and the writing flowed. (see the plotted scene list pictured here)
I have a plan though, I am an organized hobbyist! I write a minimum of 500 words every morning. As a mom with kids at home, I need to wake up an hour before everyone to do so.
My goal is to finish it this summer and pitch it at the Emerald City Writers Conference in Seattle early Oct. (we all need a goal right!) so far so good, I’m more than one third in and the book is entirely plotted. I could write the proposal in a couple of day!
Wish me luck!