FORGET WHAT YOU HAD PLANNED.
PLAN SOMETHING BETTER.
I’m sure there’s some readers out there who are wondering what the heck I am thinking. I released Flawed Perfection over a year ago, and since then, have remained almost completely silent about the series, or any plans I have for it. Mainly, because I had no plans, or more like all the plans I made for it fell apart. The idea of writing five books for the series just became daunting, and the whole series felt as lost as I was.
Some of you may know that the launch for Flawed Perfection did not go as well as I thought it would. The failure of the release was frustrating, because I thought I’d found the marketing mix for books. The secret to selling books–well, there is none. There is absolutely no secret to selling books. The only reason books sell is because of readers.
Readers are the only marketing an author really needs. Readers who talk. Talk. Talk and then talk some more. Word of mouth is one of the oldest marketing tools in the book, but it’s also one the marketer, company or author has very little control of, especially if people love your product. I know that sounds odd, but people are far more prone to talk about an experience if it was negative. The reaction to Flawed Perfection was far from negative. It did sell, far better than In Between Seasons and recently released, Finding the Cure.
I thought about pulling Flawed Perfection and forgetting completely about it.
Then I thought what an ass I would be if I did that. If I just gave up.
I don’t give up.
So I pulled out a notebook and wrote the words “Forget what you had planned. Plan something better.”
I’m not going to lie. It took me a while to grasp onto the thought. I pulled the synopsis” for all the books in the series and looked them over. I looked at the files I had began for each book. I had done so much planning. I was getting in the way of myself again. I put it in perspective. There were a few thousand words that were going to go in the trash.
A few thousand, which in the realm of books is really not all that much.
So I stopped and thought about what I wanted to accomplish, and I thought about what I could save.
And then I did it. I forgot what I had planned.
The original plan for these characters was to totally rip them apart, and I was scared to do it–scared my readers (if there were any by the time the next book published) would hate me for it. So I just kind of stopped writing because I didn’t really want to do it.
I started to think about about my characters, and I came up with something that would be better for me and the characters I fell in love with. Hopefully, you’ll like it too.
What was five books became three, and the thing I kind of like the best, is the fact they all have the initials FP.
The line-up is now:
- Flawed Perfection
Bobby Beckerson is the American All-Star hockey player—he’s the spitting image of perfection to his family. Goofy, sweet and undeniably gorgeous, he has everything but the one girl he wants: River Ahlers.
River Ahlers is successful in everything but love. She’s been in love with Adam Beckerson since they were kids. Worst of all she’s stuck right in the middle of the brothers dueling over everything and anything, and she doesn’t even know she’s the ultimate prize.
Adam Beckerson is a boy with a guitar, a smile that sinks girls’ hearts and a stone wall around his own. He’s anything but perfect, and no matter how hard he tries he’s nothing compared to Bobby. Sweet, damaged, with boyish good-looks, nobody thinks Adam loves anyone but himself.
Bobby loves River, River loves Adam and Adam only loves himself–or so everyone thinks. One night everything changes, and as it threatens to destroy everyone involved a tragedy strikes that will break them all…
- Faded Perfection
That’s all it takes to have everything ripped away from you.
No one knows this better than Adam Beckerson and River Alhers.
Each is fighting a losing battle with the death of Bobby and the fall out it has caused.
Adam finds himself fading into the bottom of a bottle, while River finds that the only thing she can do is run away from everything, including Adam.
Sometimes when we have everything ripped away from us…the thing we lose is ourselves, and sometimes we can never get it back.
- Finding Perfection
Adam Beckerson is a boy with a guitar, a smile that sinks girls’ hearts and a stone wall around his own. He’s anything but perfect, and no matter how hard he tries he can’t forget River Alhers.
River Alhers is successful in everything but love. She’s been in love with Adam Beckerson since they were kids. Worst of all, she’s screwed everything up by running away from Adam just when he needs her most, and she doesn’t even know how much he’s changed.
River loves Adam and Adam loves River, but just like their childhood, neither one is willing to admit it. Then one night everything changes, and finally, they have the chance to learn that perfection is flawed, and sometimes it fades.
But if we try hard enough we can find our own version of perfection.
Publishing dates are yet to be determined, but I will begin working on Faded Perfection shortly. So, readers, what do you think?