first novel

Such a good reminder for anyone with the desire to write. Just write.

I can remember 30 some-odd years ago when I realized that I had a gift in the area of writing. Having made straight A’s in English from my earliest school years through college, I discovered a bit later in life that I could use this innate ability to express myself.

More than anything, I wanted to write.

Back during the summer of 1996, while the Summer Olympics were being played out all across the metro Atlanta area, I was taking the MARTA train to and from work. During the Olympics mania, I was writing what would become my first novel idea.

What enthusiasm I brought to the project. Looking back, I can’t help but smile.

I was writing a story based on a real-life experience I’d had involving an 80’s rock star. I worked and worked on that story for nearly ten years but could never finish it. There was no good way to conclude it. And to top it off, our house was burglarized and my computer stolen. (more…)

My first novel is live on Amazon

It happened overnight.

My first novel, Velvet, went live for purchase on Amazon.com. I’m equal parts excited, scared, nervous, elated, relieved. Anyone who’s ever written a book knows this feeling, this mixed bag of emotions.

I just never knew it would feel so frightening to release a three-year project out into the world.

This is a story of love, loss and redemption wrapped up in a mix of magical realism and romance, all set in the historic city of Savannah, Georgia. This book was written for anyone over 40 who has ever lived through a divorce and thought they would never find love again.

No matter how old you may be, it is possible to find true love. (And…a little hocus-pocus never hurt a soul.)

You may click here to purchase and read Velvet by Echo LaVeaux

Please enter the magical world of Velvet… (more…)

A first-time novelist’s conundrum

Well, I’m happy to publicly announce that my novel, “Velvet,” is completed and ready for publication.

The problem lies in this one question. What on earth am I to do next? (more…)

My novel is finally completed

So, why am I dragging my feet on trying to find a publisher?

I have some suspicions that the reason I’m not moving forward on “Velvet” is quite simple. It’s due to the fact that I have to write a synopsis and an outline.

How on earth am I going to condense this novel into a two-page synopsis?

I’ve scoured the web and referred to my many writing books. I see tips and samples, but the images seem to blur when I consider my work. I look at my novel and see a huge pile of white paper with black letters acting out like misbehaving children and taunting me.

“Nah, nah-nah, nah-nah, NAH!”

Maybe walking away from it will make it easier to approach in a week or so. I am exhausted at the amount of time and effort it took to edit the daylights out of it. Four complete edits. Yikes. The thought of doing any more work on it right now makes me cringe.

Oh, the joys of laboring for two years on a novel, only to find yourself stuck and staring in the face of a submission package…

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Sometimes you have to take a break

If you are a blogger, do you sometimes feel the need to step back and reflect? If you are a writer, does your writing sometimes keep you from blogging?

I know, maybe that is a strange question.

Sometimes other passions and hobbies grab my attention and do not let go. Lately, my fiction writing has been a priority.

Right now, I’m in the final stages of the second full revision of my first novel. Since this is my first time writing a full length book, I am learning daily about editing, structure and above all…patience.

This project is an extension of myself. Kind of like a baby, so to speak. I have nurtured it, cleaned it, prepped it, and am preparing to send it out into the world for all to see.

This scares me.

I would guess that most everyone who has ever written a book understands this feeling of fear.

This project was started in April of 2013. It’s hard for me to believe I’m almost at the two-year mark.

If any of you have tips or suggestions to offer in regards to finalizing a writing project, I would love to hear them. Thanks, and peace.

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