I've added a new widget to the blog. The countdown to when The Bartered Bride starts shipping from Christianbook.com. Squeeeeeee!
Also, don't forget to check out yesterday's interview with Stephanie Morrill if you missed it. She's giving away a copy of her debut novel, Me, Just Different to one commentor.
My current projects involve polishing up some proposals to take to the ACFW conference in just under 50 days. I've got a couple of editor meetings and want to have some fiction to pitch.
I've got three, maybe four proposals I want to get put together, which means a lot of sample chapters and a lot of synopses. Sigh.
I have such a difficult time making a synopsis sound as interesting as I want it to. I'm trying to be objective, to view the synopsis with fresh eyes and decide if I would think it warranted a further look by editorial eyes. However, objectivity doesn't come easily to me.
Also, I'm finding as I plot these new books, that I have a bit of a brand emerging, I think. Brand to me is one of those elusive things, like voice. I know it when I see it, but I'm not sure what all it consists of. What would a reader expect when he/she picked up my books? I'm finding some similarities emerging in the stories I plot that I think might be leading to a brand:
Action. Something has to be happening, and there is usually a rather action-packed climax to the story. Shipwrecks, boat races, cattle rustling, kidnapping, stage robbing, storms, mine cave-ins, avalanches, standoffs, and more. I love action.
Trust issues. My heroes and heroines seem to have trust issues with each other and with God. It usually takes losing something to make them realize how valuable it was. It makes me wonder if I have some trust issues of my own?
Strength. Strong heroes and heroines who are learning how to live with their faith and each other.
What do you think are some of the elements of your brand?
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