Sunday, August 9, 2015

Saying Goodbye to a Book

by Leann

When I was learning to write stories, I not only took many classes and workshops, I had an entire bookcase for my writing craft books. I also subscribed to three writing magazines.  One article has stuck with me for many years--actually many things have stuck with me--but when I have a book release like I did last Tuesday, I feel as if that book is finally finished.

The article talked about how if you are still so connected to your work that you are still fixing it, worrying about it or dreaming about it, it's not finished. There is more work to do. Some of that
"fixing" once you work on a deadline imposed by others can happen in my mind long after there is no actual "fixing" I can ever do. That is not a good feeling.

This latest book, The Cat, The Sneak and The Secret was not, thank goodness, one of those I couldn't let go of. Some books are easier than others to write. This one wasn't but I knew when I was done--and that is a good feeling. The characters in this book just made sure I told their story. The one book that I will never finish is the one I wrote first--Pick Your Poison from the Yellow Rose series. I probably rewrote that book 50 times in the eleven years it took to bring to the public. I'll bet I could do it again.

This past week has been the most I have ever celebrated a book release. I was happy to finally get it in the hands of readers where it belonged. And now I feel free to fully engage with the characters in the book I am writing now in The Cat, The Collector and The Killer. I hope those characters are kind to me. So, goodbye Sneak and hello Collector.