Monday, May 18, 2015

THIS IS THE WORST BOOK EVER


Congratulations to "Denise R.", the winner in Janie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Nora Roberts was once asked what her favorite and least favorite of her own books are. Her response:

Favorite = the one in the stores right now.
Least favorite = the one currently writing

If Nora Roberts, (NORA ROBERTS, people!!!) dislikes her current works in progress, maybe it’s okay for me to dislike mine too. And trust me, I start hating on my current #WIP every time.  About 1/3 way through the book I start having a total meltdown about my story:

Where in the world am I going with this?
These characters have no chemistry
The plot has so many holes you could strain spaghetti with it
This is the worst book I’ve ever written

With my first couple of books, I said all the above things to my hubby (in between beating my head against my desk) and he very gently tried to help me work out plot points and chemistry issues and red herrings. He’s such a nice guy (and btw, it’s our 18th anniversary this weekend!).

Now our conversation goes more like this:
Me: This is the worst book I’ve ever written.
Him: What are you, about 20,000 words (70-80 pages) into it?
Me: Yes.
Him: With every book you write you say it’s bad at 20k words.
Me: But this time is REALLY is the worst book ever.
Him: You say that too.

Honestly, if I wasn’t under contract with my publisher to submit the book a month or two later, I would probably quit right there and scrap it. But I am under contract (thank God) and so I must push forward to finish it.


And somehow, by the end, it all seems to come together. It may need some serious TLC in the second draft, but it works. To quote Nora again:

So, encouragement to all writers, whether published or not: keep writing through the hard sections, even when you feel your work might be the worst thing ever written. If you stop, you’ll never know what that manuscript could’ve been. I can’t guarantee which book of yours might sell, but I CAN guarantee which book won’t: the one that never gets finished.

And as further encouragement, realize that you may not be the best judge of your own work. For example, the third book in the Omega Sector Series UNTRACEABLE (that releases this week!) was my least favorite of the four-book series. I thought it was terrible.

Everybody else loved it. Go figure.  RT (Romantic Times) Book Reviews Magazine even gave it a TOP PICK rating for June. So there you go, from worst book ever to TOP PICK. 

So if you’re feeling discouraged about your current WIP, just drop me a line on Twitter or Facebook and we’ll commiserate –AND GET THROUGH IT—together.

GIVEAWAY
Win a copy of UNTRACEABLE and an I LOVE romantic suspense notebook OR a $5.00 Amazon gift card to buy the book of your choice by answering the following question: what’s your anti-stress routine? When everything is going wrong what do you like to do to take a break? (Chocolate? A hot bath? A long walk?) 

Releasing this week! UNTRACEABLE  (Omega Sector, Book 3)

Posing as a married couple to save the world was easy compared to the very real feelings between them… 

As Bob and Lisa Sinclair, Omega Sector agents Evan Karcz and Juliet Branson were a formidable couple—until a brutal attack left Juliet traumatized. But with a powerful crime boss selling military secrets, the safety of millions depends on the undercover operatives. It's up to Evan to rehabilitate Juliet…and not fail her as he did on the mission that still haunts him. 

Evan's strategy is to be near Juliet night and day to practice posing as a loving couple. But soon he realizes there's a sizzling passion between them. And it's being threatened by forces stronger than they ever realized. With a killer stalking Lisa Sinclair, her "husband" knows he'd risk his cover—and his life—to protect her.

Buy links: 
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iBooks
IndieBound

About the Author
Janie Crouch’s debut novel PRIMAL INSTINCT has been nominated for a 2015 RT (Romantic Times) Reviewer’s Choice Award, “Best First Book” in the New England RWA Reader’s Choice Award and “Best Romantic Suspense” in the Carolyn Reader’s Choice Award.  Janie lives with her hubby and four kids in Stuttgart, Germany but ihr Deutsch ist nicht sehr gut zur Zeit. She loves travelling, adventure racing, and movies of all kinds. Find out more about her at http://www.janiecrouch.com

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST May 19th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

34 comments:

  1. My "go to" for stress relief is a short walk outside (about 30 minutes) and then I eat chocolate. I figure that I have burned off the calories that I will consume in the chocolate before I even eat it. Just being outside and moving helps me to get rid of the negative stuff.

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    1. Exercise helps me too, JoAn! And always chocolate, of course. :) Be sure to check out my other contest in case you don't win this one: http://www.janiecrouch.com/#!contests/c8a0

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  2. I like to read a good book.
    Jan

    janet_kerr@msn.com

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    1. Now that's a great answer! I hope you'll try some of mine. :)

      Be sure to check out my other contest in case you don't win this one: http://www.janiecrouch.com/#!contests/c8a0

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  3. I usually pull out one of my comfort reads and settle down. I know it starts good and has a satisfying journey to the happy ending. Just realigns my center. trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

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  4. When I have a bad day, I bake. Just let my mind rest, and create something with my hands. And if the baked goods has chocolate in it, even better.
    anu-riikka at hotmail dot com

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    1. I'm coming to live with you, Anu. Just get ready.

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  5. When I need a break, I like to be alone so I usually pick up a book. That way I am away from people who stress me and am with fictional friends who make me feel better.

    This is off topic but I wanted to say that I loved Infiltration so I can't wait to read Untraceable.

    joanne.boykoATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Thanks for the wonderful compliment, Jo-Anne. Be sure to read COUNTERMEATURES (Book 2) also. UNTRACEABLE is actually book 3.

      Be sure to check out my other contest in case you don't win this one: http://www.janiecrouch.com/#!contests/c8a0

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  6. When I need a break, I like to be alone so I usually pick up a book. That way I am away from people who stress me and am with fictional friends who make me feel better.

    This is off topic but I wanted to say that I loved Infiltration so I can't wait to read Untraceable.

    joanne.boykoATyahooDOTcom

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  7. I take a shower or long bath and read to try to take my mind off things. If the weather is nice, I will go for a walk.

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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    1. I love a really long hot shower, Brooke! Thanks for sharing. Be sure to check out my other contest in case you don't win this one: http://www.janiecrouch.com/#!contests/c8a0

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  8. Great post, thanks for sharing! Cleaning is the best stress reliever for me.

    natalija(dot)shkomare(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. OH MY GOODNESS, Natalija! That's so awesome!! It's like when a pregnant woman gets a craving for something healthy -- so unfair! Glad your house gets the benefit when you're stressed.

      Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check out my other contest in case you don't win this one: http://www.janiecrouch.com/#!contests/c8a0

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  9. My stress reducer... romance novels... I love the escape, the journeys, the HEAs!

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    1. Then you're in the right place, Colleen! :) Be sure to check out my other contest in case you don't win this one: http://www.janiecrouch.com/#!contests/c8a0

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  10. If I'm not stuffing my face full of comfort food (and gaining more weight in the process) I take a bath. I love my lavender bath salts and I use my fancy french lavender bath bar. Very relaxing and it smells so nice!! deniseb1997 at hotmail dot com.

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    1. Denise, I know you, you don't stuff your face!! I like the thought of a lavender bath bar. I might have to look into that. :)

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  11. I'm so glad to hear someone else feels this way! I'm going through that now and wondering if I'll ever finish the book! Thank you.

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    1. Morgan, I seriously go through it every time. No kidding. Please don't give up on your book, just keep pushing through. (Touch base with me on Twitter @janiecrouch and we can do word sprints, or just encourage each other)

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  12. My ultimate stress reliever is working in my yard and garden. May sound strange but after being in a library setting for over 22 years, I just love to be outside. And because I was a librarian and love books and reading, my second choice is reading.
    Thank you for this giveaway.

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    1. There's something so relaxing about having your fingers in dirt, isn't there? I wish I had more time to garden.
      Thanks for stopping by, Connie. Be sure to check out my other contest in case you don't win this one: http://www.janiecrouch.com/#!contests/c8a0

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  13. read a book

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. Reading is always a great stress reliever. Writing on the other hand... :)

      I invite you to check out my other contest in case you don't win this one: http://www.janiecrouch.com/#!contests/c8a0

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  14. Going for a walk is a great destressor for me.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Yes, always good. :) Thanks for dropping by Mary.

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  15. Well, when I need to de-stress I get lost in Sherlock fanfic!!

    Hope you have a lovely anniversary, Janie. (jagnikjen @ gmail . com)

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    1. Thanks JEN!!!! :) And thanks for stopping by.

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    1. Time alone is a most coveted treasure at our house. :) Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to check out my other contest in case you don't win this one: http://www.janiecrouch.com/#!contests/c8a0 by.

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  17. Quiet alone time, usually reading!

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