Shannon here: Due to a scheduling snafu, my guest couldn’t make it today. So I thought I’d give an update on what’s happening in my writing realm. Comment or answer the question in this post to enter the drawing for 1 title of your choice from the books I have on hand from my backlist. Deadline: July 10th, 11:59 pm central time.
I shared some of this on the Inspy Romance Blog, where I blog once a month. But in case you missed it, last July, I took on partial ownership of a publishing company, along with the tasks of acquisitions and content editor. At first, I was overwhelmed. Eventually, I hit my stride, figured out a schedule, and enjoyed the ride. I kept up, even got ahead. Until. I. Couldn’t.
In November, I had surgery to remove half my thyroid due to a nodule. It was cancer. But it was stage one and they got it all. Along with my energy. Since then I’ve struggled with having any oomph. Sometimes, I don’t want to do anything. Ever.
In February, I went for a check-up and my doctor put me on thyroid medicine. Which took some time to kick in. In the meantime, I had ocular migraines, where there’s no pain, but my vision blurred for twenty minutes or so. Not conducive to editing. Or writing.
I struggled to keep up with my editing workload and writing became a myth. I talked about it with my husband and my mom and God, not necessarily in that order. After lots of prayer, I decided I’d have to cut my workload. It was a tough decision. I didn’t want to let my friend/business partner down or dump everything on her. I didn’t want our friendship to suffer.
Our authors had been sold the year before and I didn’t want to disconcert them again. But I couldn’t keep going like I was. I came up with a plan for me to keep part of my duties and to give my business partner three months’ notice on everything else. And not to tell her until May, when I planned to be good and ahead on my work.
But God had another plan. During a typical phone conversation with my friend/business partner, we discussed a few things, agreed, and then out of the blue, she asked. “Do you want out?” I got teary-eyed. “Since you asked, I do.” For the next thirty minutes, we came up with a plan. I’m still acquisitions, which I love. Though I hate dashing hopeful writers’ dreams with rejections, I love making writers’ dreams come true with The Call.
I also love doing the content edit on Contemporary Romance and Women’s Fiction, so I’ll continue with those genres. Since I don’t read Historicals, Romantic Suspense, or Mysteries, they tend to stress me out during the content edit. I’m so afraid I’ll miss something. And I have, but thankfully my business partner caught my oopses.
Overnight, I went from twenty-something books to edit for the year to six. And by the next day, my friend had other editors in place to handle the genres I’m no longer editing. Since I’m no longer co-owner, I don’t have to make business decisions, which isn’t my forte anyway. Our publishing schedule is intact with no delays and our friendship is intact as well.
As if God orchestrated the whole thing. And with perfect timing, since I’m in the process of getting a new agent and need to whip some proposals of my own into shape. Thankfully, once the medicine kicked in, the vision problems stopped. After several months of meds, I still have some lethargic days, but I’m better. I’m not stressed over editing and have time to write too.
Speaking of which, that picture is of me signing a new book contract. I’m currently writing a novella for Scrivenings Press. It will be in a collection with four other authors and will release September 28th. And it requires a road trip. Sometime before summer ends, I need to visit my setting, Surfside Beach, Texas. Since our son graduated, the school year no longer determines our schedule. But book deadlines do, so hopefully the road trip will happen soon.
About Shannon: Award-winning author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter writes contemporary Christian cowboy romance and has over a dozen published titles. A romance reader since her teens, she hopes to entertain Christian women and plant seeds in the non-believer’s heart as she demonstrates that love doesn’t conquer all—Jesus does.
She gleans fodder for her fiction in rural Arkansas where she spent her teenage summers working the concession stand with her rodeo announcing dad and married a Texan who morphed into a pastor. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her husband and son, flea marketing, and doing craft projects.
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Shannon also works for Scrivenings Press as acquisitions/content editor.
Question for Readers: What are you doing this summer? Any special plans or projects?
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