Friday, February 17, 2012

Translation of Success


Honestly, I almost forgot about my blog. I have blogged nonstop for the last two weeks and here I am almost forgetting to blog at my own space. I've been busy. In the real world outside of my cave, I work overnights at a major hospital. I like my job. I need it. I have three children- one that just got out of college, one in college, and one that has just been accepted into college. I live in New England where the mortgages are high and the weather cold. I love my family and my animals. Well, yesterday one of my dogs did irritate me, but then again I was in a bad mood. And today, I'm going to get my taxes done. I cringe at the thought.
When you get to be my age, some people begin to question what they have done and want to do in the future. I haven't, not since I began writing. Oh, I get frustrated at times with the venture. I love writing. It consumes me. I also have my fanpage, Novel Works, which I truly enjoy. I love meeting other authors and readers alike. I'm an avid reader and a big fan myself.

The Judas Kiss

I have been extremely busy the last few months. I have a series, Tides of Charleston with WCP. The first, The Judas Kiss, was released in January. 

Shadows of the Past
I also began venturing outside the traditional publishing arena. I tried Indie publishing. My first attempt was my fantasy series, Whispers of a Legend. I got such a positive response to my series that I released a historical romance, Daughter of Deceit. 

I went with Amazon Select with Daughter of Deceit trying to break through a barrier on Amazon that Whispers did for me on Barnes and Noble. Amazon Select allows a few free days. The last three have been Daughter of Deceit's free days. Never in my wildest dreams did I foresee what Daughter of Deceit would do. At it's highest point it reached #3 on Free Kindle- #2 on Romance- #1 Historical Romance- #1 on Romantic Suspense. I was thrilled. Did a happy dance all day yesterday until the reviews from readers started coming in on Daughter of Deceit. 

Now I do my own editing on my self-published books. I have made no bones about missing an editor, but I never saw some of the reviews coming at me- angry reviews about my editing-not my story-but my editing. Oh, I've had really good reviews too, but I never experience this with Whispers. These readers are mad at me! 

So what have I learned. I learned that I'm going out to get an editor. One of my Indie friends has suggested someone. I'm going to have Daughter of Deceit edited than go into print. It will take about a month I suppose to get it corrected. 

Daughter of Deceit
Success translates that there are certain expectations placed upon you. When I was looking around at the covers of the books around Daughter of Deceit they all have been professionally done. I got a professional to do Whispers of a Legend (love him, too), but its more expensive than doing it yourself. I love my cover to Daughter of Deceit. I did it myself with a little help from one of the Roses, Laura (she did our cover for A Holiday to Remember).

I think the expectations concerning Indies have been raised to a new level. I say this looking around the other books beside mine. Each book looks extremely professional. There are a couple of reasons for that. Bestselling authors have been bursting on the Indie scene with their backlist. Indies also have raised their skills. All good things.

I have been so fortunate also. I have gained some great friendships. People I can’t thank enough but in time I hope to return their kindness. I won't forget. I also wanted to mention that during my free run, I was on several blogs. Check them out if you get a chance.
Ghostly Regency Romance (Beth Trissel’s blog), Oh, What a Tangled Web (S. G. Rogers’ blog) or over on Lindsay’s Romantics.

For my first experience with a semblance of success comes a lesson- never stop. I love my books. I think Daughter of Deceit is a wonderful read. I’m so excited about Whispers of a Legend series and the potential of where it could go. It’s a little taste. I will learn from it. Kept family, friends and my doggies close at hand. And above of else…get an editor.


R.Wright said...

Daughter of Deceit is a wonderful read! Loved it. I love your writing. Can't wait for the next book in Whispers. Is it coming out soon?

Colleen Connally said...

Thanks so much! I'm so happy you enjoyed Daughter of Deceit. As for Whispers of a Legend, Part Three-Vision of Destiny, it's still on schedule for the beginning of March or there about. Guess what I got an editor!!!! So it might be a tiny bit of a delay, but I believe it will be worth it! Thanks again!

Barbara Edwards said...

good luck with your new series. Added to my tbr list.

Jannine Gallant said...

Yay, Jerri. Best of luck with your new editor. I know I've benefited greatly from mine and worry about the book that wasn't edited. It's scary not having that second opinion to catch the things we miss. Oh, love the dog pictures!

Alison Henderson said...

Your accomplishments are really quite impressive! I'm glad the negative comments about Daughter of Deceit have pushed you to take action instead of dampened your enthusiasm for writing. It's easy to fix editing errors - much easier than fixing story errors.

Colleen Connally said...


You're too sweet. I will be honest. I went from being so excited to extremely humbled. Just have to learn from it. Thanks for encouragement.

JenaGalifany said...


I hope to have more time in future to read some of your books. Whispers looks like something I'd enjoy and I absolutely love series books.

Best of luck with the new editor. I edit for a writer friend who is in Honduras. English is not his first language and I help him touch up his work before he subs to a publisher. I like to think I've helped him out.

I love the dogs, too. I write and celebrate with Puppy when I get a new contract. She's my co-author!



Colleen Connally said...

You're so right about the doggies being co-authors. I just lost my companion doggie, Max, back in December who was always by my feet while I wrote. He loved my work. Don't know what I would do without my doggies!