I was reading some reviews for the latest of an author I read awhile ago, who is an author I've read a few of and liked, well two years ago I liked her. I read a story a few months ago, the amount of dropped words, confusing sentences, and grammatical errors stunned me. Wait, she has a publisher. I've seen her post on Facebook about edits to and from her editor, so she has an editor. At the time I shrugged, but I didn't even get half way through a book I spent five bucks on. Disappointed I simply made a mental note not to buy her again unless I read the sample first. The reviews from the reader made it clear the errors from the book I bought several months ago are still there.
The thing about this author is she writes fast, which is great really, the readers love it when authors write fast. But it shouldn't be at the expense to the story, to the quality of what you're putting out. Apparently this author is writing too fast, and it's hurting her and her stories. A reader spent money on you, they bought your book with excitement, they opened your book with anticipation as they snuggled into their perfect reading position on their comfy reading spot and they are looking forward to what you wrote. That is fucking huge to me, to know I have readers looking forward to me, (it also is as scary as fuck-the thought of letting them down) so in an effort not to let them down, I'm going to do everything I can just like I do every time I write to give the reader the best story I can. I'm going to take my time and give my characters the best story they deserve
At first, it was the excitement of the new release. Then as I dug into the story I had a hangover from Leo, this new guy is sooo not Leo. The whole time since I created the word doc I'm hanging onto the Amelia of His Under Contract, unable to separate that Amelia from this Amelia, which seems normal. She shouldn't become an entirely different person but she has changed, it will be three years since the end of His Under Contract, things have changed, shit went down. But at the same time in order to focus on this story, I needed it to be Amelia's story not just a continuation of Ethan and Holly's story. So, It, it was being able to focus on this story and get Amelia's story out in the month of April as planned. It's not going to happen.
Last week the writing wasn't easy and I was getting frustrated with myself. The story changed for the third time but this time, I like this one, I like this guy a whole hell of a lot. No, he's not Leo. He's his own foul-mouthed, cocky, arrogant, asshole self with a sense of humor that has me laughing out loud. This Amelia, she's grown-kind of-she's working through struggles she never thought she would face, she's evolving whether she wants to or not. She's becoming who she is meant to be, letting go of who she was told to be. I'm not in love with her yet, she has more work to put in. I do know over this past week, it's coming easier now. These two are surprising me-so weird when that happens when I think my character is one thing then he opens his mouth and something comes out and I'm like what the fuck because I was not expecting that. So I'm here to catch the words and make them pretty.
I'm sorry Amelia is late but she's coming.