Planning in Corsair’s Cove

This past weekend the authors of the Corsair’s Cove Collective met for our semi-annual retreat. This involved food, some wine, a lot of note-taking, planning, dreaming, food, and a mild sense of panic as we turned our wild ideas into actionCoffee cupable to-do lists. Did I mention food? Suffice to say that readers will hear more from the Cove in coming months.

As well as storytelling goals, there are many challenges relating to business and technology. This is one of the ways that I truly value this collaboration: I learn stuff. So much stuff about writing, working together, and my own strengths and areas of improvement. I’ve also learning that if I resist something, that’s usually a signal that I need to double down on whatever is making me twitchy. Therefore, I’m setting myself a task: getting conversant with advertising platforms like AMS, Bookbub and others. This is something I’ve deferred “for later” but it’s time to buckle down. I look at this as taking my author journey to the next level. It’s just another way to take control of what happens to my work in the wide universe and I’ve learned my lesson about leaving that up to outside forces.

And, we have many fabulous ideas about things to do with our shared blog, so look for a TON of value coming to our outreach channels. Corsair’s Cove has developed amazing new depths in the last 72 hours. However, if I go into all that here this will be a very long blog.

I can best summarize this whole experience by saying Rachel and I went directly from our meeting site to the stationery store and bought wall-sized erasable calendars to keep track of all our due dates. Then I heard from Shelley, who bought a new journal for just that purpose. Yup, we have plans!

The Corsettes go on retreat

You live several lives while reading. —William Styron

It was all Rachel’s idea—writing a series set in a haunted chocolate shop. But who is the ghost? Why, the 19th-century pirate Daniel Blackthorne, the Wolf of the West. Why is he haunting a chocolate shop, of all places? Have you seen the figurehead that forms the corner of the building? Oh. Wow, she’s a beauty. All right, then. What did she mean to him?

And the Corsair’s Cove series was born. Four writers, four sets of characters, four books in which to set a man free from a witch’s curse. And many, many months of planning, writing, Skype calls, and more writing. This weekend was our second in-person meeting, at the gorgeous Abbeymoore B&B in Victoria, BC, a location that was not only convenient for everyone to travel to, but highly likely to be written into a book! We exchanged work, synced our watches and our calendars, planned out marketing campaigns, Chocolate Shop wine. Photo by Shelley Adina.and through it all celebrated a friendship and respect that somehow magically became something more: a world of our mutual creation in which we could all adventure together, have fun, and fall a little in love with a certain dark hero along the way (me, I think the Wolf looks like Aiden Turner in the Poldark series). I hope you’ll join us as we sail for the horizon we’re creating! The series will launch with Lee McKenzie’s Kiss at the Cove in August 2017!

Oh, and the chocolate? Keep a weather eye peeled for recipes, giveaways, surprise short stories, and other treats from the Cove. But the Chocolate Shop wine … after two days of work, I think we deserved it!