Every December, my niece, my sister, and I help where I can, collect money, and buy gifts for the children and parents at the Domestic Violence Center. Christmas time seems to be the worse time of year for domestic violence. Not that any part of the year is better than the other. Domestic violence should never be allowed. But back to the subject. Most of December was spent shopping for the center, wrapping the gifts and making sure each new name added, and there are a lot of folks, are not left out. Once wrapped, the presents are placed in a bag with each child’s name listed. Then the day of the center’s Christmas party the bags are delivered for Santa to give to the children that night. This year, we had to make three trips to deliver everything because there were so many. My focus was not on anything other than helping, decorating the house, and putting up our tree. Then making pies for Christmas dinner. My writing took back seat to all the other activities. So FOR LOVE OF HANNAH was not worked on at all.
The New Year came in quietly for sister and I. We stayed up until midnight to watch the ball drop in Times Square but didn’t get to see it because they focused on the crowd. Oh well, maybe next year. So the first week of January, I returned to rewriting and editing FOR LOVE OF HANNAH. Everything has gone fairly well, but I still have those last twenty pages to finish. Tomorrow at the latest it will be completed.
Next comes the rewrite of the synopsis and the decision of whether or not to submit to an agent. I have self-published four novels, but I am lousy at marketing. I need a partner who is great at marketing. Each book has received five-star reviews, CREATING KATHRYN CROWN, A CIRCLE OF MURDERS, THE STONE KILLER, and THE HANGMAN. I am leaning toward submitting to an agent as it was an agent who told me the rest of the story wasn’t as suspenseful as the first two chapters. Hopefully, I have rectified that problem with the rewrite. I will submit to that agent again before returning to self-publishing. Nothing ventured, nothing gain, I say.
My next project will be to complete TO CATCH A DREAM, then THE SNATCHER, the third book in the Jonas Black series. A new story jumped into my head the other day and I jotted down a brief outline, RIPPLES. That book will be cooking in my brain for a time before being put to paper. Wish me luck, everyone.
Have a great weekend and stay safe. Remember, NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER.