Monday, May 23, 2011

A new beginning

Last fall, after a long dry spell during which I dealt with some health problems, I started writing again. Then in December I posted here on NRJW that I was about to submit a book proposal to my editor. I did submit, and last month I received her reply.

The story, she said, did not fit the tone of the Love Inspired line.

Okay, I knew I was taking a chance. I even told her that. But I really liked the story, so I had to give it a shot. And as it turned out, that "bad news" from my editor opened up a whole new world of possibilities.

I decided to publish this novel myself, as an e-book.

I want to say that I've enjoyed writing for Love Inspired, and that I'm deeply grateful to them for publishing my first four books. But I have often wished I could write a longer story and perhaps color outside the Love Inspired guidelines. And now I have that chance.

I plan to release my e-book in July.

At this point I don't know whether I'll submit to Love Inspired again. The door is still open; my editor invited me to send something else, and she said they were eager to have me back under contract. I'd be honored to write for them again, but right now I want to finish this e-book. After that, if a story suitable for Love Inspired pops into my head and I can get a proposal on my editor's desk before she forgets my name, I'll do that.

I can't wait to see what happens next!


cantnever said...

Hello Brenda! Just followed a link to your blog... You're still here!! And your next book will be e-book! Bravo! I can't wait. Please keep us updated. I want to read it - my daughter has a kindle and that's fun. So glad you're still writing. Chris Roelke

Brenda Coulter said...

Chris, how nice to see a note from you! Thanks for the encouragement--and yes, I'll be sure to tell you all about the new e-book. Count on it.