When my third book was contracted, my editor said they wanted to release it in October 2007, so would I please revise the story to include a Christmas element. I've been working on that for the past month, and it's finally finished.
Earlier this week I learned that the book will be called A Season of Forgiveness. I'm not crazy in love with that title, but I didn't have any better ideas. Both my editor and the marketing director insist that "season" suggests Christmas, and they believe "forgiveness" is a hooky word for inspirational romance readers. I'm in no position to argue; it's a fact that Steeple Hill books sell extremely well at places like WalMart, where they're often impulse buys and where it takes a hooky title and a snazzy cover to get shoppers to pluck a book off the shelves. The bottom line is that I can't wow anyone with my story until the marketing people have done their job, which is to entice readers to pick up the book and give me a chance. Which means it's immaterial, really, whether I like the book's title or cover.
As it happens, I'm extremely pleased about the cover concept, which will involve a snowy collegiate scene. That's perfect because much of the story takes place in and around a 100-year-old college library. I'm hoping the pond and the willow tree, both of which are special to my heroine, will make the cover, but it'll be months before I lay eyes on the finished artwork.
I'm planning to spend the next three days going over this manuscript and looking for places to tighten it up before sending it off to be line- and copyedited. And I'm meeting friends for a late breakfast tomorrow, so I'll probably just knock off blogging until Monday.
Here's hoping you all have a fun-filled weekend.