Saturday, September 26, 2009

Starting New Writing Projects

Jenn here. The word coming back from the ACFW Conference is that there are at least 3-4 CBA publishers open to submissions for historical Regencies. This has been like a dream come true since so many CBA publishers have been reluctant to publish historicals set outside the US. I love it when the market opens up to new material. How about you? Do you like reading something a little different every once in a while?

I've only written one Regency, but I have three others in mind, along with a couple of American historicals and more Scottish stories. Since I'm in between projects, getting news like this seems like a no-brainer. Writing another Regency would be the most logical choice at this time, but I don't typically write to the market. Yet, would it really be writing to the market since I already had this story in mind? The only reason I haven't written it is because of my busy schedule and the fact that I've been trying to finish other projects that I had already started.

How about you? How do you decide on your next projects? Do you ever have one story in mind for your next project and by the time you get around to starting it, your mind or muse has moved on to a new story?


  1. I decided on my next project because every time I brain storm with someone, I get an excited interest back. Ideas flow, animated faces, awesome suggestions. That's why I decided to go ahead and write Courageous Beauty. Now I'm totally open to suggestions :-)

  2. I have a whole file of ideas. And sometimes one starts calling my name over the other ones. :)

  3. I'm keeping a file of new ideas too. Sometimes I think about the new ideas, but I'm trying to stay on task to finish the current project before going off on a tangent!

  4. It used to drive me nuts to start a new project if I hadn't finished the one I'd already started. That wss the Mr. Monk in me, I suppose. Plus, a writer needs to know they can finish a few novels--Prove it to themselves and to editors and agents.

    But I'm finding myself entering into a new season now that I have completed 7 novels. A good friend of mine suggested I start writing lots of proposals rather than taking the time to finish each manuscript. That way at the end of the year, I'll still have 7 completed novels, and instead of one new novel to pitch, my agent will have 5-6 new novels to pitch. A much better chance of landing a contract or gaining the interest of an editor. It will give me a better chance of writing under contract rather than just writing whatever strikes me.