Writer's Life

I Went to Visit my Bench

A couple years ago, my husband and I went to Maine to celebrate our anniversary. I would highly recommend going if you have the chance. Anyway, we went on a Stephen King tour, because my husband wanted to. I would also recommend that, but that’s not the point of mentioning it. So on the tour we stopped at this water tower type thing (that’s not what it was, but I can’t remember the actual word) where King wrote the book It. He sat on this bench and wrote. 

Fast forward to the next summer back in Wisconsin. I found my own bench to sit at and write. Actually, it’s more of a dock, but it’s the same idea. Well, I haven’t been to it in a long time, so I decided tok bike over to it and crank out a few hundred words. I packed my notebook and pen in  my backpack and then biked over there. My dock was occupied by a couple people fishing so I sat at a different one. (I can’t get my picture to upload. I’ll try again later).

Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay for as long as I would have liked. The humidity and the temperature for to me. (Its a whopping 84°  Fahrenheit). I know to some of you, it’s comfortable, but my not that blood likes it about 20 degrees cooler. I did get about 80 words done though, so it wasn’t a wasted trip. Now I’m back home sitting in the air conditioning and talking to you guys. Once I finish I’m going to get back to work.

Books and Such

Current Reads

As promised, here are the books that I’m currently reading. 

1. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I’m on chapter 33 of 39. I can’t tell you a page number since I bought the trilogy in one book on my Kindle. It think a I’m only 26% done, but that’s for the whole series. So far, I’m really liking it, and I’m curious as to what’s going to happen next.

2. The Betrayal: Lost Life of Jesus by Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear. I’m about 200 pages into this one. I’m reading this one for book club so I don’t want to give too much of my opinion on it quite yet, other than to say I’m intrigued by it.

Up next will be Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson, and The Reluctant Emissary by TM Toombs. I’m hoping to get these five books done before I go on vacation in mid July, so I can read The Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them both by J.K. Rowling

What are you reading? I’m always looking for recommendations.

Writer's Life

I’ve Only Blogged Once this Month

After this post, it will be twice. I know June am just started, but I still feel bad about losing touch with you guys. So, starting tomorrow, I’m going to blog twice a week. Now I just have to come up with some topics.

So far, I’ve got:

  1. Reading Progress. I’ll update you on what I’m currently reading, how I like it, and what’s up next. I’ll probably post this once a month.
  2. Word Count. I’ll let you know how my current work in progress is going. Also, probably a once a month post.
  3. Short Story or Poem. This is just a way to add some variety to my blog. Also maybe a learning opportunity so I can get feedback on what works/doesn’t work. Once a month so I can get my books written. Don’t expect too much in the poetry realm as that’s not my forte. 
  4. Author Interviews. I’m still lukewarm on this idea. Unless any of you amazing writers might be interested.
  5. Book Review. Maybe I could pair this with my currently reading post. 

Do you guys have any other ideas? I need three more if I’m only going to post the bare minimum. I plan on posting about interesting writing experiences as they come up in addition to these topics.

I don’t want this to become a chore that I dread doing, and I definitely don’t want to bore you guys either. Do you have any recommendations for avoiding that?

Writer Problems, Writer's Life

Project ADD

I’ve got some serious focusing issues going on right now. I can’t seem to stick with one project through completion, and it’s driving me nuts.

Here’s the list of projects that I’ve got going on right now:

  1. My first novel. I’ve got it back from both editors. I’m kind of mad at one because he wants me to change the plot…again. 
  2. My second novel which I’m currently rewriting. I think it’s going better than originally written.
  3. My NaNoWriMo novel from last November needs to be edited. I’m looking forward to getting back into that one.
  4. I had an idea a while back about where the main character is a writer. I haven’t really developed it yet.
  5. Hubby and I are still (I think) writing one using the opening line that he gave me.
  6. I came up with an idea yesterday, while visiting my parents, that I’d like to develop.

Maybe I’ll work on a different one every day of the week. Or I should just stop procrastinating and finish one thing at a time.

Writer's Life

Just an Update

I realized that I haven’t blogged in forever and I didn’t want you guys to think I died or anything else catastrophic. So here’san update on what’s been going on in my life lately. 

My current novel just came back from one of my editors and my other editor is supposed to finish it up this weekend. Also, my cover artist is supposed to start working out it this weekend worst case. 

I started/restarted my 2nd novel on Friday. I’m about 2000ish words in so far and I still have no idea what’s going on. I’m just following my characters around and o serving what they’re up to. If things get too weird I’ll try and write up an outline or something that I won’t follow anyway. 

I’m going to start writing a query letter to small presses maybe on Friday. I think I’m going to recruit my husband for that endeavor. We’re going to be spending 5 hours in a car twice this weekend so I’ll have his undivided attention. Don’t tell him this devious plan.

Other than that, not too much is new and exciting by me. What’s new by you?

Agent/Publisher Search

Small Press Search

I’ve officially decided to go the self-publishing route. This week anyway. Hubby and I had a nice chat about it yesterday and he said I should do what I wanted. So I’ve been looking for small press/independent publishers. I made a list of 54 that I found on  Poets&Writers, and then I narrowed it down to 10. 

Is that a good starting point? I feel like I’m being too picky about this. But shouldn’t I be? I mean, it’s my pretend name that is being represented. For example, if the website seemed too snooty, I moved on. Also, if I found a typo (I wasn’t even trying, I promise). I disregarded the company. Should I have said something to them? Those were basically my only two requirements after finishing out that they had no reading fee and were open to unsolicited queries. 

Anyway, I should get back to the search and start writing out these queries. I just wanted to check in with you guys and let you know what was going on. Do you have any other resources that I should look into?

Agent/Publisher Search, Writer's Life

I’m Torn

I was all set to go the self-publishing route for my novel, and then my husband started reading/editing it and he said that I should try and resubmit it to agents and go the traditional publishing route. My husband keeps telling me that it’s good enough to try and find an agent, and that it is 110% better than it was two years ago, and I trust his judgement, but at the same time, he’s biased. He told me earlier, that he would have told me if it was garbage, but I really don’t think he would. I don’t think he could even if he wanted to.

There are pros and cons to each option, so I’m using you guys and my way of laying out what those would be. Let me know if you think of/know anything that I’m forgetting. Also, if my understanding of how these things work is wrong, please let me know.

Self-Publishing Pros:

  1. I can publish what I want when I want to.
  2. I’m in complete control over how I want my book to look.
  3. I can use the people I want to, to make my cover, edit, and help with layouts.
  4. A lot of people have made the switch to e-readers, so I would have that market.

Self-Publishing Cons:

  1. I have to do all the marketing/self-promotion myself.
  2. The cost to print a book is ridiculous.
  3. I have to pay those people out of my own pocket to make my cover, edit, and help with layouts.
  4. It would be harder (but not impossible?) to get my book in stores.

Traditional Publishing Pros:

  1. My agent will do all the marketing for me.
  2. It would be easier to get my book out in stores.
  3. It will be easier to keep my identity a secret (I feel like Super-Man).
  4. They could probably better identify what my genre is. (I’m leaning toward, clean romance, fantasy, and new adult).

Traditional Publishing Cons:

  1. Query letters suck.
  2. Rejection.
  3. They will perhaps make changes to my book that I disagree with/don’t want to do.
  4. I would have to play by their rules, instead of making up my own, in regards to genre classification, deadlines, author events(?)

What would you do if you were in my shoes? Would you try and submit it to an agent, or would you just self-publish anyway? I really could go either way.

 

Writer's Life

My Editor is Hard at Work

Well one of them is. I asked my husband to read my novel, just thinking that he would read it. Yeah, he’s making changes. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or not. I’ll find out once he finishes.

I’m not complaining mind you, well at least not yet. If he decides that I need to make major plot changes then there may be some problems. On a side note, he just said it was very good! (Although he’s biased so I’m not sure if I should count it).

My amazing husband editing my novel.

In the mean time, I’ve been working on all the technical stuff to include in my book. So far, I’ve got a first draft of my acknowledgements page, my dedication page, and my about the author page. (Thanks, JR for the help on that).

Agent/Publisher Search, Writer's Life

Exciting News!

Journal Colorful Blogger Photo Confetti Pink
Unfortunately, I don’t have confetti at home, so I borrowed this picture from Google Reuse.

This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for.

I finished my novel on Tuesday! For good. I’m not looking at it again. EVER! (That’s a lie, I’ll probably have a few comma splices and/or misspelled words that will need to be corrected). I just sent it to my cover artist, and I have it printed to give to my editor (my mother-in-law). I should probably make sure she’s ok with me referring to her as that. I have a tentative date set, but the minute I tell everyone what it is, everything will wind up falling apart. When it gets closer to the day I will announce it, somehow. I’m trying to maintain complete anonymity and I haven’t worked out how to share it without divulging who I really am. (Any suggestions would be great).

So now the hard work begins. I’m looking for an independent publisher, so I can get a few paperbacks of said novel. Everything I’ve been finding online wants me to give them my phone number and email address. I have no problem giving out my email, however, I don’t want to give out my number. I don’t like to answer the phone for people I know, much less complete strangers. I think it’s an introvert thing. Anyway. Is there a way to get around giving out my number? Should I even find a publishing company to print or should I talk to a few printing places ( I can’t think of the actual word I want to use because words are hard).

There are two reasons that I want to have a paperback version. 1. I want my own copy to display on my bookcase, because, who doesn’t want to display their own novel? 2. I owe books to everyone who helped me out in this process, and a few of those people prefer a non-ebook version.

 

 

Writer's Life, Writing and Editing

Emulate Other Authors

I was spending way too much time on Facebook yesterday when someone posted about using commas too much (which I have a problem with too, but I’ll talk aboout that later). Anyway, he also mentioned that he read an article that said it is a good idea to retype pages of your favorite authors’ books and it can help you with pacing, style, etc.

Which I thought was a great idea. It turns out my second novel needs a total rewrite and I’m eleven pages away from needing a new project. So I’m going to take this advice. I decided that I’m going to copy Stephen King, Oscar Wilde, and Lori Wick. 

Stephen King, a horror novelist. I’ve read a few of his books and so far The Stand is still my favorite.

Oscar Wilde, a playwright. Also my favorite author. Ironically, I’ve only read The Importance of Being Earnest.

Lori Wick, a Christian romance writer. I absolutely loved her novel, The Princess. 

It should make for an interesting style combo to say the least. Now I need to get reading. What are your favorite books by any/all of these authors?