Let's Talk with Maggie Toussaint
Beginnings and Endings
Something many unpublished authors rarely appreciate is the unlimited time to write that first book. Another undervalued perk of beginning to write is there are no reader expectations to meet. Brand new writers have the wonder and delight of working on a clean slate, of starting from scratch.
What I love about beginnings is traveling with the characters through the story world in my imagination and coming to the ending where the mystery subplot ties up in a tidy bow.
However, in time a writing journey, in essence a beginning, will lead to an ending of a polished manuscript. From there, an author shops his/her book to an agent or editor with a succesful ending of a contract (or indie publishes). The next beginning and ending happens as the book is prepped for launch. The next cycle of beginning and ending is marketing before, during, and after the release.
Then, if a publisher acquires more of an author’s books, various beginnings and endings overlap. I’ve been doing this for eighteen years, so you’d think I’d have the juggling drill down pat, but it gets real every time.
I ‘m working on the A Magic Candle Shop Series, which I write as Valona Jones. The first book, SNUFFED OUT, is published and currently being marketed. Book two, IN THE WICK OF TIME, comes out in October. The formatting and editing are complete, and preorders are live. Book three, is polished and on submission. Book four is in the home stretch of its first draft with about 12,000 more words to write.
So, multiple timelines of the publication processes occur simultaneously. To keep it straight in my head, I envision a tall building with everything related to SNUFFED OUT on the first floor. All things about IN THE WICK OF TIME are on the second floor. Book three is on the third floor, with book four not yet assigned a floor.
I’m sure other authors develop their own ways of multi-tasking and keeping their story worlds of series books connected but separate. Just like with any other phase of writing, there is no wrong way to do it as long as the selected process works for the author.
In the same manner that graduation from one school year to the next is an ending and a beginning, the same is true for book publication. I am inspired by both ends of the publication cycle.
With the new school year upon us, please leave a comment on either a beginning or ending of school that you enjoyed. One lucky commenter will win a copy of SNUFFED OUT, in either print or digital format, with print being for US residents only. The winner will be announced on Tuesday August 15.
Our August giveaway contest is collecting entries. Enter before August 22 for a chance to win two full-length cozies, one from Terry Ambrose and another from Lois Winston. ENTER HERE
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