UPDATES: ONCE UPON A ROSE & LUC AND SUMMER SEQUEL (interested in reading?)
TWO BIG UPDATES on ONCE UPON A ROSE and the LUC AND SUMMER sequel novel.
1) ONCE UPON A ROSE: I ended up utterly ripping this book up and starting again from scratch. That is why it is taking so long–I am essentially writing a second book. Right now, I’m about 20,000 words from the end, then edits, so we’ll see how that goes. I can write anywhere from 5000 words a day to 5 words a day, it seems sometimes to me, depending on how much I struggle to figure out what the story needs. I’ll announce as soon as I think it is ready to go, but I don’t want to commit to anything at this time because sometimes the pressure just shuts off my creativity. And I don’t want that!
2) THE LUC AND SUMMER SEQUEL: I mentioned some time back that I was working on this and wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. I’m *still* not sure what to do with it. I mean, I have it. It’s a 55,000 word novel (that’s about 10% longer than The Notebook, to give you an idea, but not as long as most of my books, which often are over 100,000 words). It’s just that it’s very different for me to write a sequel about the same couple, and this is a couple that was extremely polarizing for people in the first place. (The gamut from “Best Book of the Year” to “hated hated hated”.) I think most of my works are polarizing, but this was the most dramatic.
BUT a lot of people have been asking about this book. So I think what I would like to do is share it in a limited way and get feedback.
Basically, share with some beta readers. (Essentially people who would like to read it as is and give reactions but also concerns if you don’t think it works well, and this can most certainly include noting details in the margins that nibble at you, or things that seem weak, if that’s the way you work.) Note, potential readers, that this is a version before it goes to an editor. (Because I’m not sure yet whether I will publish it.)
The thing is, I don’t want to make a promise to everyone that I will necessarily make this public at some point. I just don’t know at this point.
That’s just the way I feel about it–cautious.
But if you would like to be a beta reader for it, email me at laura AT lauraflorand dot com and let me know why and all that. I’m not sure how many people will ask, and I’ll probably only share with half a dozen at this point, so I might have to draw names. (I don’t know exactly! This is a first time for me to do this. Usually I am obsessive about not sharing work until after it’s been edited, re-edited, is as perfect as I can make it.)