Blog by VONNIE DAVIS -- International, Award-Winning Romance Author: Adventurous...Humorous...Amorous.

Friday, March 7, 2014

In 2014, Five is my Magic Number of Flowers

My debut novel, Storm's Interlude, came out nearly three years ago. For the next couple of years, I had to turn in a completed manuscript in hopes of getting another contract. One book or novella at a time, although I often submitted another before the previous one released. What can I say? I love to write and I'm retired. The kids are grown, living in other states. It's just Calvin and me. Writing keeps me from that mindless activity of watching TV.

Then I started getting contracts from the Big Five. They operate a little differently. Once they see your writing and know you can meet deadlines, you can contract from proposals. I typically write four paragraphs about each book, something similar to a back cover blurb, just more detailed. My agent sends them to an editor along with my publishing and promotion history.

As a consequence, for the next two years, I'll be writing exclusively for both HarperImpulse and Loveswept/Random House. Contract stipulations prevent me from submitting elsewhere until all contracted books have been released--all eight of them.

Of course, I have to write the books first...and that's the thing. I'd be a fool to even hint that I'm not a bit overwhelmed or worried or scared plotless. I mean, think about it...

For 2014, five is my magic number.
 
Or maybe my downfall...
 
I have five books contracted to turn into my editors on scheduled dates. All of them must be 80,000 words, except for the Highlander book, which must tip the scales at 85,000 words. My fingertips are typing out words--at times, woefully inadequate words. My mind is focused more on my literary dream world than it is on reality. And my self-control is working hard at keeping my eyes from straying to the dates on the calendar like magnets of nerves. You see, I have five romantic flowers to produce this year.
 
 
April 24th -- Book one of Firemen's Wild Heat series, To Catch a Flame.
July 8th -- Book one of my series set near New Orleans, KnightShades: Maximo
August 11th -- Book two of Highlander's Beloved series, A Highlander's Passion
October 4th -- Book two of Firemen's Wild Heat, Firestorm
December 20th -- Book two set near New Orleans, Knightshades: Sloan
 
The following year should be easier. Only 3 contracted books are due in 2015. So, if you don't hear much from me, don't think I don't care. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Stay well...stay healthy...stay in touch. Your words might be what keeps me in the reality of writerly sanity.
 


18 comments:

t_mcclinton85 said...

Wow. First, I just have to say that I greatly admire you for your commitment and capability. Almost every author's dream once they get an agent is to sell books and proposals like this. But I don't know if I could keep up with those kinds of deadlines! With three kids, I know I have to take it one book at a time--once it's already written--and submit those to publishing houses, so I know I can keep my head above water with all of my other responsibilities. But looking at your calendar steals my breath. I know you can do it, considering you're one of the most talented women I've ever "met." So hang in there, and no worries about becoming a recluse for the next....five years.... lol. Can't wait to read your books!!!

Amie said...

I feel you, Vonnie--I have five books due this year too, though my last deadline is September 1. Oh yeah...just a little stressed. In fact I've cried every morning this week before I settle in to try to get words on 'the paper'. Good luck, girl! I know you (we) can do it!!

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

You can do it, Vonnie. When I used to panic at the stack of work to do, I remembered what my very wise dad told me - piece by piece, bird by bird you will get it done. Huggles!!! This is what you have worked for all of this time.

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Thanks, Theresa. Love the pic, by the way. Yes, if I had little ones like you, I could not do this. Our babies must come first. That is the natural order of things in a Mother's heart. I'll be in absence, but popping in and out to wave, just not as often.

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Amie, you give me hope. I'm sorry about the tears, though. Wish I was closer to offer a hug. You can do this. I can do this. The process just might not be a pretty picture! LOL

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Thanks so much, Paisley. I'll remember his sage advice. Word by word. Scene by scene. Hugs back at'cha.

Jannine Gallant said...

Go Vonnie! Get in there and kick some butt. I almost wish I had a deadline or two to motivate me. I tend to slack without it. But I'm not sure I want as much motivation as you have. LOL Yep, take it one day at a time, and you'll do just fine.

Calisa Rhose said...

I'd be fired! What a work load to keep up with, V! But you can, and will do it! You can bring it like nobody else I know. Hugs and chocolate. <3

LaVerne Clark said...

OMGosh - my heart just stopped reading your deadline! BUT - I know you can do it. And can I just say I'm so excited to know I'll be getting some more Vonnie Davis books in the near future to keep me happy! :)

We're here to hold your hand and wave the pom poms whenever you need it, xo

Nancy Henderson said...

Wow! Just wow! That's a lot of writing. However, a huge congratulations to you and yay! more of your books for me to read!!!

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Jannine, I can't imagine a day without writing now that I've started. But couldn't we stick in a few extra dozen days into 2014?

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Calisa, I'll take the hugs and the chocolate. Not meeting my deadlines does scare me, I must admit.

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Sweet LaVerne, my heart stops every time I look at those dates, so I try not to look. I just keep writing. My eyes get weary and I need an afternoon nap nearly every day...an hour and I'm good to go.

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Thanks, Nancy! It's a bit of madness, isn't it? I have a few chapters written on most of them, but I'm far from the finish line.

Glenys said...

Vonnie - I'm delighted for your success - and if anyone can turn out five great reads in a year, it's you. And you'll do it with grace and style. Maybe some strong coffee and lots of chocolate, too :-) Be here cheering you on!

michellezieglerauthor.com said...

You can do it! Your readers will love you for doing it. I am slightly jealous and super happy for you. I love reading your books and can't wait for more!

So as the rest of your cheerleading squad has repeatedly said, go kick butt!

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Oh Glenys, send in the coffee and chocolate and I'll be your BFF. LOL Thanks for your well wishes. I hope I can deliver.

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Michelle, I love that you're on my cheering squad. I hope I write stories you continue to enjoy.