I can't stress enough how writing is a team effort. I admire those authors that have the courage and skill to successfully self-publish without hiring an editor. (I've done it myself when I wasn't ready.) I admire their ability to trust their own work. There's something liberating about having professionals work with your book who have so much more experience in the publishing world and who are often seasoned writers themselves. Also, to have an editor check out all the grammar nitty gritty. There's something about grammar. The more I seem to learn, the more confused I get. I'm hoping when I get a new grammar programme for my kids at school and as I teach them, I will become better at constructing perfect sentences.
The other benefit of working with a great team, is that you learn so much from them along the way. Your writing can progress and reach higher heights for the next work.
What I love about Decadent Publishing, too, is their assistance with promo and the way they communicate and keep you abreast through the whole process.
Dragonfly Moments is one of my more serious books. Wedding Gown Girl and Reminding Me of You were more flirty and fun. Although the writing of Dragonfly Moments was just as fun. Here is the blurb to give you a taste of what will be entering the cyber romance world soon:
A young woman’s first love walks back into her life at the worst time possible—she is about to start a family with another man. But when her dreams begin to crumble, which one will be there to help her pick up the pieces?
Seven years earlier, Tessa Calitz wrote a letter to Ryan le Roux promising her undying love. As time passed, she forgot about that letter...but not Ryan, who clung to the hope that she would wait for him.
Such is not the case when he walks back into her life. Tessa is in a serious relationship, and is busy setting up her art gallery in Johannesburg. She has plans to start a family, and the arrival of Ryan into her life throws her for a spin.
He is the worst thing that could happen to her dream of stability and starting a family...or is he?
Because when her relationship and everything she clung to starts to crumble, Ryan is right beside her to inspire her to greater things.
But her obsession for having her own child pushes Ryan away when she falls in love with an orphaned HIV-positive baby.
Will Tessa push him away forever or open her heart to what she has longed for all along?
The other exciting thing is that Dragonfly Moments is part one of a series called "The Creators." I'm working on part two right now (in between lots of promo work.)