Don't get me wrong, I still have another round of edits (and probably ten more), but it's readable and I believe the story's tight. I also have to take a look at the structure. Some places it drags and don't you just hate that. But I have to say, after writing this book, I want to immediately start writing another one.
You know why, I'm having so much fun building these characters I don't want to stop. And I came to a major realization the other day.
I have absolutely no expectations of this story.
I feel the same as I do when I finished THE LADY'S MASQUERADE. I had no idea what to expect, but I finished what I started. I wrote a detective story of 34K words. And I think it's pretty good.
I don't have a clue who my target audience is. I'm also having trouble with my keywords and BISAC category. Is it a thriller? Suspense? Murder? Police Procedural? Detective? Mystery?
Or do I not publish at all, put it in my drawer and hide it away.
I've given that some very serious consideration. Would you like to know why?
Because everything I write has been judged. People have expectations. Readers become fans if you do it right. Those fans have expectations of my writing.
If I publish under another pen name, who's going to know it's me? You won't if I don't tell you.
I can hear Anne R. Allen screaming at me from across the states. I don't need another pen name. I already have two. However, Anne, you said it yourself, unless you're writing in disparate genres, you don't need a pen name. And well, I am writing in three disparate genres now.
I'm too stupid to know I don't know what I'm doing.
But here's the thing...I've been writing and publishing (formatting, marketing, editing, proofreading, revising, and watching the industry change and evolve) over the last six or seven years. I know EXACTLY what I'm doing. Kind of.
Whatever ideas I may have about publishing these stories, I won't know if they'll work, unless I try. Right?
If I do decide to publish any of the detective stories, it won't be for a long while yet. I'm enjoying the high from knowing I started and finished something. (I also painted my office in between the time I began and finished the story -- pics coming soon. June 1 - June 25. I think total writing days equaled 17.)
The only thing I do know for certain, is that I like the story. And I want to write more of them.
And yes, I changed the blog back to a more beachy feel. And also the name of it. SEO is what it is.
I hope you all have a safe and non-explosive 4th of July.
Anne Gallagher (c) 2015