I decided to compile a little list of the questions I get asked most often/searches that appear frequently in my stats. I promise not to be too ridiculous. I’ll probably add to this list as time goes on and I get more…frequently asked questions.
How long does it take you to write a book?
This heavily depends on the book. Some books come fully formed and I love them, and others are kind of like squeezing blood out of a rock. For a first draft anywhere from three (rare) to six weeks. Then whatever time is spent on revisions following that. (and that time frame heavily depends on the revisions!)
How long does it take for Harlequin (Mills and Boon) to respond to a submission?
If you’re submitting through slush it can take a very long time. I was in slush for seven months. It’s expected you’ll query after six. I’ve heard the estimation on slush submissions as high as 30,000 a year…so it’s quite a lot for them to get through!
How long does it take for them to respond to revisions?
Again, this is heavily dependent on what’s going on, but 12-18 weeks is typical. Past that, query and ask for an update.
Should I do the revisions?
If you want to get the MS published with M&B, yes. I get them with each book now that I’m published, so prior to publication it’s important for them to know you can do them, and that you will, within a reasonable time frame. I’ve heard 80% of revision letters don’t get responded to. They never hear back from the author. Don’t do that to yourself! If they’ve asked for revisions, they saw something they really liked.
Can you read my book?
No. I can’t. :/ You don’t want me to, because I’m a terrible editor. (there’s a reason I have one) And also, there are several legal reasons that make this a bad idea.
Why is a raven like a writing desk?
I have no idea, next question.
Where do you get your ideas?
Anywhere and everywhere. Kid’s cartoons, stories on the news, wondering what sort of people would pursue a specific career, or how a someone with horrible burn scars would find love. In church (but don’t tell my pastor that!) Ideas and inspiration are everywhere.
Do you sleep?
I do. I’m very proficient at it. I even do it every night.
Finally, I love to hear from my readers, so don’t hesitate to contact me!