Reading Catch Ups

We Have A Book…Almost!

A milestone has (almost) been reached!

Today I will finish the very last chapter of Valkyrie Cursed. I started writing this book at the beginning of November and now we’re at the end of January. It’s the quickest I’ve ever written a book before but for some reason, it feels like it took forever. I have a sneaking suspicion it’s because I know I could have written it faster.

In between now and when I first started writing Valkyrie Cursed, me and my husband moved house. Not to mention Christmas, during which time my husband insisted I take a week and a half off. It was definitely in my best interests but it didn’t make me any less fidgety. While I was drinking mulled wine and watching The Santa Clause, my mind was constantly drifting to the half-finished manuscript waiting for me upstairs.

When I counted up all the days in my goal tracker to figure out just how long this book had taken me without all the mayhem in between, the result blew my mind. Valkyrie Cursed took me 36 working days to write. Factoring in weekends, that’s 46 days. It’s a personal best!

If I haven’t mentioned it before, The Rogue Valkyrie series is nine books long and I plan to release them 2-3 months apart. At first, it seemed like an ambitious goal but now, it feels like it could be a reality.

Reaching the end of a book is a heart-stopping moment for any author. When you’re in the middle of writing your book, there are times when you feel like you’ll never reach the end. So getting there is almost a surprise when you do.

Naturally, when you get to the end of something you’re going to do again, you think about all the things you could have done differently. What would have made it happen faster, or made it better? I get a bit competitive with myself and in the past this has manifested as self-depreciating behaviour. Now, I feel that this time in which Valkyrie Cursed was completed is a spring board on which to launch myself into more efficient, faster and better quality practices. (Man, do I sound like a lawyer right now?)

This experience definitely presents an opportunity for growth. While wanting to do better next time is a great attitude to take, ensuring we aren’t kicking ourselves for falling short sometimes. After all, there will come a day when it’s impossible to write a book faster. Yes, I’m looking at you, you amazingly productive people who can knock out 20,000 words in a day. Although I’m happy to be proved wrong!

I’m over the moon that by the end of today, Valkyrie Cursed will be ready for editing. The planning stages for book two are almost finished, which means it’ll be ready for a first draft in a week’s time, if not sooner.

I hope this encapsulates a little piece of authorhood for anyone who hasn’t yet had the pleasure of writing their own book. Typing “The End” on your first draft brings an intoxicating feeling that tequila can’t hold a match to.

So, on to the next step! Editors, marketing plans, promotions, the whole shebang. With any luck, Valkyrie Cursed will be up for pre-order very soon and I can finally start batting some links around here.

One last thing: I am always on the look out for book bloggers who would be happy to read and review my books. If you are, or know someone, who would like to read Valkyrie Cursed before it comes out, please drop me a comment. You’d be more than welcome to an ARC copy!

Thanks for reading! Did you know I also write urban fantasy books? Check them out here!

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