Thursday, April 8, 2010

Typed The End!!

Missy, here--sharing a photo of wisteria with you. It's always stunning, yet so fleeting! It's gone too quickly. But that's not what I'm posting about. I wanted to tell you I'm celebrating...

I finally typed The End yesterday! I'm a week behind where I wanted to be, but I still have nearly 3 weeks to revise and polish before turning in the manuscript. The manuscript came in a little long, so I'm trying to cut wordiness from each page as I do a first read-through. I'm also looking for scenes that don't have a point. I usually have at least one that is fluff. Sometimes when I hit the middle of the manuscript and don't know for sure where I'm going, I kind of paddle around, searching for direction. And that usually leads to a scene where my editor will say, "What's the point?" :) So this time, I'm going to try to weed those out before sending to her!

I also got my title this week!! The next book for Steeple Hill Love Inspired, scheduled for April 2011, will be called A Family for Faith. I really like it! Plus, I'm going to be able to make sure to work the title in during the writing of the manuscript. I can focus more on my heroine hoping to form a family with the hero and his daughter.

Here's the blurb I included in the proposal synopsis:

After a motherless twelve-year-old enlists the whole town to pray for a wife for her police chief dad, the unsuspecting father is forced to dodge one well-meaning matchmaker after another. As his beautiful neighbor tries to help him move beyond his overprotective tendencies and let his daughter claim some independence, romantic love blooms. But even as everyone in town begins to see the two of them belong together, they can’t act on their feelings. He fears the risk of loving and losing again. And she’s afraid she'll never be good enough to fill the shoes of his deceased wife--the woman everyone in town, including the police chief, calls the perfect wife and mother.

I'm having a lot of fun with it. And as soon as I have a cover I can share, I'll be sure to post it. So how do you come up with blurbs for your books? Or have you attempted that yet?


  1. Missy,

    It sounds like a beautiful story! Can't wait to read it. I just read the premise to my daughter. She's intrigued as she's 12! We enjoyed reading your last book together.

    Congrats on typing the end. I'm thinking about celebrating when I get to the half-way mark. I've really struggled with this sequel. By the time it's finished, I hope and pray the story is seamless and my struggles aren't visible.

  2. Way to go Missy! You keep at it.

    For my blurb I usually expand on my one liner written from the story idea I have, the I use the blurb to begin my synopsis.

    Jennifer- celebrating half-way through sounds like a plan.

  3. Jenn, I often thought of my daughter as I wrote! She turned 13 in September. So I kept trying to hear her talking in my head as I typed. :)

    I'm so glad you and your daughter are reading together like that! My daughter doesn't read like I do, but she just read Brandilyn Collin's book she wrote with her daughter and loved it! So I'm really excited that she may start loving to read.

  4. Dianna, that's pretty much what I usually do. Although for this story, I wrote the blurb first. I recently went back and tried to do the one-liner to use on bookmarks I'm having made.

    Here's what I came up with for my one-liner on the first try:

    A widower Police Chief dodges matchmaking attempts only to find he may be falling for his matchmaking neighbor.

    But then with the title, I thought I should do it from the heroine's focus, so this was what I ended up using on the bookmarks and postcards:

    A coffee shop owner, enlisted by the twelve-year-old next door to play matchmaker for her widower police chief dad, finds she might be falling for him herself.

  5. Congratulations Missy!

    I can't wait to read your next book!

    I just finished my first book and am sending it off to LI today.

    Wow, writing a synopsis and blurb are so difficult when you're so focused on the details and have to just focus on the main theme. I like what you came up with. I hope I nailed mine, but if not, I'm starting on my second ms, a LIH.

    P.S. you are all very lucky to be having beautiful weather in the south. Up here in southern Ontario we are having a rainy week. :)

  6. Congrats on sending off your book, Eva!! I hope they love it! :)

    Yes, we're loving this weather. We got a good rain today that finally washed away some of the pollen, so it'll be much nicer now. :) I hope you see warmer weather and sunshine soon.

  7. I love the idea of this book! Very happy for you :-)

    And our lilacs are like your wisteria. They pop out, smell heavenly, and then disappear in a moment. sigh. But we don't get them until end of May or beginning of June.

    Oooh, that would be a cool story idea. A love that blinks in and then is gone, later returns. But that love was so short that the heroine doesn't know if it was real. Hmm.


  8. Don't you love how the fiction writer brain works?? A blog post about flowers spurs an idea for a book! :)

    Angie, I LOVE lilacs! I think maybe it's too hot for them down here. Although we had them in KY.

  9. Missy the book sounds great! I can't wait to read it!