New Beginnings and Celebrations!

Not only is it the kick off day for Seekerville‘s 5th Birthday Bash, but today I’m announcing my new endeavor…over the following days, weeks, months, I’ll be preparing my historical inspirational romance series, Lost Causes, for Indie Publishing.

Don’t take this the wrong way, I love traditional publishing. Harlequin Love Inspired publishes my contemporary romances featuring cowboys and I absolutely love them! I would be a sadder person without traditional publishing…the world would be a sadder place without traditional publishing.

That said, I have to admit, traditional publishing has never known what to do with my historical books. Some of you might remember my manuscript, Precious Possessions, filled with British history, wounded heros and enticing gypsies. This manuscript has won many unpublished awards along with its sequel, Timeless Treasures. I had requests for the manuscripts only to receive the all too familiar letter stating, “great writing, but this is not for us.”

Great writing, but this is not for us? Really?

So in my zeal for publication, I changed my mindset, my time period, my setting and my characters, and started a series featuring contemporary cowboys being the romantic men that won the hearts of the west. Check out Rocky Mountain Hero for a taste of my contemporary voice.

While writing cowboy love stories was all well and good, I never completely set aside my love for the British historical. I truly believe God placed this story on my heart for a reason…and only He knows the significance of it. The idea for Precious Possessions stirred my heart over 10 years ago and it’s time to bring it to life.

Like many things in life, Precious Possessions is undergoing a facelift. I’ve learned a lot from my editor and all the team members that brought Rocky Mountain Hero into being. I’m starting from scratch with the nucleus of  Precious Possessions in my mind and the Word of God in my heart.

~~~Finally, I get around to the purpose of this blog~~~
Let’s Try Something A Little Different

All my prior efforts to launch my Lost Causes series met with serious detours and dead ends. But still the flame of the story burned on. In the age of digital publishing, Lost Causes will find a home.

I’m nervous, excited, and a bit scared. Now that I’ve shared my plan with the world, I’ll have to live up to my commitment. I’ll need your help, encouragement and occasional kick in the pants, LOL!

Please join me as I muddle my way through the maze of Indie Publishing. I’ll be sharing links, connections, information…everything I discover, I’ll share right here. Feel free to ask questions, contribute resources, dish up support…or better yet…join me on the journey!

My motto for this adventure is:
May the Lord Jesus Christ who gifted me with the desire to write, use my talents for His glory.

It doesn’t get any better than that.

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6 Responses to New Beginnings and Celebrations!

  1. Erica Vetsch says:

    I’m so excited for you, and I look forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for you as you travel this new path!

  2. Erica, pray for me. It’s such a strong leading and I know I’m doing the right thing, but it’s scary, too.

    Be there for the occasional kick in the pants when the dismals hit, K?

  3. Together, with all sorts of help, we’ll get through this adventure and we’ll shine. I just know it.

  4. Hey, Les! You are the pioneer that inspired me : ).

    Remember your deadline…December 2012 for your next book.


  5. Vince says:

    Hi Audra:

    I have thirty years of marketing experience. I’d be happy to help with advertising, cover artwork selection and whatever marketing questions might come up. I plan to go the Indie way with three non-fiction books. So we could share experiences. I’ll be looking for a good proof reader and editor, for example.

    I’m looking forward to reading your historical novels. I think you are very strong in descriptive passages which are very important when writing historical fiction. It helps to be very strong where you need to be strong.

    Let’s hear more about your journey!


  6. Hey Vince! Welcome aboard the Indie party! You have so many ideas for the romance writers in us all, I’m excited to have you along for the journey.

    Non-fiction? Maybe having to do with the Philosophy of Romance? You’re brilliant, you know.

    Let’s follow the yellow brick together : )

    And cover help? Marketing direction? I look forward to your advice.