Work in Progress

Many people have asked me if I am working on the sequel to Backstage. I do plan to write two sequels, but I haven’t sold enough copies yet to make that a good use of my time.

So what am I doing? I’m writing a crowd pleaser. It’s a steampunk romance. The idea is to drum up a fan base, who will then like me enough to go back and read Backstage. Then there will be enough Backstage fans to buy the sequels.

Fingers crossed.

What might make me change my mind? Well if people start buying Backstage in droves. Reviewing Backstage on Amazon will help me with that. Also recommending it to your friends. And giving it as gifts.

In case you’d like to do any of that, click here:

Thanks for everything you do! – Joan

The book is FINISHED!!!!!

I don’t want to twist anyone’s arms, but it happens to be available from Amazon for download at:

If you don’t think it’s your kind of thing, just ooh and ah over the cover art and forget about it. On the other hand, if this sounds like something you’d like, please consider giving it a go. Also, if you know someone’s email address you can schedule it’s delivery right to their Kindle on Christmas.

Writing a novel was a BIG item on my bucket list. Now all I need to do is visit Greece and read all the books on my to be read pile and I’m good to go. Not that I’m in a hurry to go, but you get the idea. – Joan

Editing is hard!

I’m in the home stretch now. All the plot is written out but I need to sandwich in some extra descriptive text and a little background narrative. It’s amazing how hard it is to find places to sneak that into. Still, I’ve got all weekend and my Monday off to finish up and be ready for a line editor.

Exciting isn’t it?


I finished the first draft and took it to a developmental editor. She was very supportive of the story. She said it was interesting and did not contain any continuity errors. Then she said this character needs more development, and that plot line needs to have more meaning, and this loose end needs explanation, and there needs to be more description of people and places, and…

Well you get the idea. I’ve got a lot more work ahead of me. So I wrote 2k more words today – all of it character development. Tomorrow I will use this new character development to weave that plot line more firmly into the story. As H. Beam Piper once wrote, if you have enough problems you can use them to solve each other. I hope you can all be patient while I clean up these issues and get a second draft together.

So word count at 74.1k now. Wow.

Broke the barrier

I had some writer’s block this week. Then this morning the first scene from the SECOND book popped into my head this morning. Interesting but NOT helpful. Tonight I forced myself to sit down the keyboard and broke the mental barrier of 70k words. 70.3k to be exact.

I’m very close to marrying up the front and back ends of the novel. Better line up an editor soon!

Shopping for editors

I’m so close to being done I’ve been shopping for editors. There is a huge difference in pricing, not just A is more expensive than B, but A charges by the hour and B charges by the page, and C charges by the word. So it’s very hard to compare prices.

On the plus side though – ALMOST DONE! Halloween latest.

Writing While Sad

My father-in-law passed Wednesday night. There’s been a lot of sadness and a lot of logistics to pull together. Thank God for professional funeral directors. Today I’ve taken a little time to get back on the writing horse. It was hard starting, but once I got going it was a good way of taking my mind off of things. The novel stands at 67,500 words.

If you’d ever met my father-in-law you’d know he was a sweet and affectionate man. He was pushing 92, but really there’s no good time to lose someone you love.