Accomplishments This Month

I haven’t spent a lot of time writing this month (mostly on purpose), but I did accomplish a few things, most of them very necessary.

1. I bought some books on the craft of writing, which I haven’t done in a long while. I’ve been reading them slowly, and really enjoying thinking about process when for so long, I’ve simply had to write, without much time for thinking.

2. I wrote several guest posts for different blogs, and figured out processes to keep track of my ideas, what I had promised to write, what I had written and sent in, etc.. Some of the posts have gone live already at the Heroes and Heartbreakers blog.

3. I reviewed statistics for my own blog and website, made a few adjustments, and started thinking about others. I updated my appearances page, and scheduled several blog posts in advance.

4. I collected all my writing-related expense information and sent it off to my tax preparer.

5. I reviewed, signed, and mailed the contract for a Spice Brief.

6. I attended a reading locally, and I had brunch with my local group of writers and editors, at which I met someone new whose two books I’d read a long time ago.

7. I continued to think about my new fantasy project.

8. I reviewed a manuscript for another writer.

9. I assembled the research books I will need for the Spice Brief I’m writing.

Published by Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s writing showcases her voracious lifelong love of books. She reads over 120 new books each year, especially historical romance, fantasy, and space opera, and incorporates these genres into her erotic fiction. Her first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. When not writing, Victoria conducts research in libraries and graveyards, lectures about writing and selling erotica, and speaks at literary conventions on topics such as paranormal romance, urban fantasy, erotic science fiction/fantasy, and the empowerment of women through unconventional means. Her daily writing blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and author interviews. She also guest blogs for Heroes & Heartbreakers and The Criminal Element. She lives in Philadelphia.