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.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Leann---I bought the book on Thursday afternoon and had it read by Friday evening. The dedication made me cry as I'm sure it did you. I also cried at other times while reading it and sure didn't figure out the bad guy. I own "Pick Your Poison" so may reread it. I know you have become a better writer with each book. Cordella

SandyG265 said...

My Mom is reading your latest and said she's really enjoying it. I was nice and let her read my copy first.

ezreader said...

I have your new book on my tablet waiting to be read. I know I will love it!!

ezreader said...

I have your new book on my tablet waiting to be read. I know I will love it!!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much Cordella! I am so happy you enjoyed the new book.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thank you Sandy! You are a good daughter! :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much! I certainly hope you will!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you could enjoy this new release as much as those of us who love to read them! I love this series and this one was really special, with surprises I didn't see coming. I felt a lot of emotions, reading it. Plus, I loved Magpie's antics. Your descriptions made me smile and I could see her "in action". Thanks, for another wonderful book!

ROCCO LOTEMPIO said...

I identify with this post. There are many books I've written I'd love to "do over". For the most part I'm satisfied with the Nick's.