Agent/Publisher Search, Writer's Life

Exciting News!

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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?

Writing and Editing

This May Be a Bad Idea

I keep my husband around for a reason. He and I were talking over dinner, shocker, I know, and the conversation got weird but we came up with a brilliant idea. The problem is, it’s not really a genre that I write in. It was too good of an idea to bypass though so we decided to write it together. 

Hopefully we don’t kill each other in the process. I personally give it a out a week. I’ll keep you all posted on the progress of this story.  So far we’ve got about 300 words written. (We had more, but someone cut a bunch of mine).

To change topics drastically I just wantes to tell you all that I’ve got about 40 pages yet to edit on my own novel before it gets sent to my editor (aka my mother-in-law) and my cover artist. I’m super excited about this and hopefully it will be out in time for Christmas. 

Agent/Publisher Search, Writer's Life

Writer’s Workshop

A couple days ago I was wasting time on Facebook when I saw a post about an event near me on publishing. So I sent my husband a text asking if he wanted to go and he agreed, so this morning we went. And I learned a lot! I took two pages worth of notes in a relaxed environment, and we just barely scratched The surface. The woman hosting it provided material that I hadn’t even considered. 

My favorite piece of advice was “Every author is afraid.”  Initially it sounds disheartening, but after thinking about it for awhile it became more reassuring. I’m not the only one going through the self-doubt phase (again). And everything will be ok and work out.

Another helpful idea she said was to go to a bookstore and look at the books. Look at what size they are and see which one you like the best. Also look at things like font, chapter headings, page numbers, and other little things that one doesn’t typically think about looking at.  That way you have an idea for how you want your own book to look.

The final thing that I’ll mention is she said you (as the author) are the best person to sell your book. You wrote it so you know what it’s about and who to target it towards.

I lied, this is for real the last thing. Fall in love with the writing process. Part of that process is the self-doubt and rejection, but so is finally getting to say I am a writer.

Writer's Life

Pen Name Part 2

I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is I came up with one of my pen names! I came up with my adult name, now i just need to come up with my children’s name (but I’m not too focused on that as I haven’t even really stated that adventure yet). I talked to a couple people and they gave me suggestions and then I found something that proved to be immensely helpful. 

The bad (?) news is that now I have to make the transition without anyone figuring it out. Which means that I have to come up with a new title because I made the poor decision of displaying it online under my real name. Great decision I know. But that’s ok as I wasn’t really sold on the title anyway. I also have to figure out my social media sites and what to do with that. Any suggestions?

Books and Such

All Day Reading Day

I’m not feeling the greatest today and it’s cold and rainy out so I made the executive decision to have a reading day. These are my favorite days and today, I’m hoping to finish The Shining by Stephen King. I’ve got roughly 200 pages to go but I’ve got all day. So Leonard (my stuffed hippo) and I are curled up under the blankets, my candles are lit, coffee poured, jammies are back on, and the washing machine is going. 

Writer Problems, Writer's Life

Pen Name Woes

I’ve been thinking (obsessing) about my pen name a lot lately. I’m hopefully, one way or the other, going to be publishing my book early next year. I’ve had a couple ideas that I through by both my moms (my real mom and my mother-in-law) and my best friend and, while I like aspects of it, I’m not 100% sold on it quite yet. I’ve got a potential first and middle name that I would like, but the first name might be too closely related to my actual name that I don’t know if it would be enough. My last name is giving me grief. I have a few requirements for it, but the actual name is being elusive.

And if coming up with one wasn’t proving difficult, now I have to come up with two. I don’t want my “adult’s book” name to be the same as my “children’s book” name. Does that make sense?

This is all probably a cart and a horse problem, but I thought I’d mention it anyway and see what insights you could offer in coming up with a name. If all else fails, I can always ask my parents to rename me…Twice!

Writer Problems

I’m Frustrated

I’m in a venting mood today, which is odd as I have the day off. I should be in a great mood. Oh well, it happens I guess.

I’ve been at the library for about an hour and I’m struggling to find anything about becoming an editor. (Although I may have found some books that are related, I’m not quite sure yet). JR, your friend is going to get back to me soon, life just has been busy for him as I’m sure you know. So in the meantime, I have been trying to research on my own. To no avail. Even Wikipedia hasn’t been that helpful.

And then, earlier this morning my amazing husband gave me another idea. I should write a children’s book about my stuffed hippo and all of his adventures. (I have been posing him, doing things around the house. Yesterday he vacuumed. It’s kind of a long story so we’ll leave it at that). I thought writing a children’s book was a brilliant idea. Why didn’t I think of that? I haven’t found much about doing that either. Although, I haven’t asked Google yet.

Writer's Life

I Think I’ve Found My Calling 

Well at least my husband thinks I have. Since January I’ve been in full edit mode right. So I’ve been finding inconsistencies in other forms of story telling (except my own ironically). It may be getting to the point where I’m annoying him by pointing things out. 

He mentioned the orher day that he thinks I should be an editor. I have to agree with him on that. I like to think I’m good at it. It’s not that I don’t like writing, I love it. I crave creating new worlds and lives of characters. It’s my own way of distracting myself from unfortunate events that I have to deal with. I won’t bore yoiu weith the details of them. However, I think editing may be a way to help establish my own writing career. Or it could be my career and writing can continue to be a hobby. 

Now I just need to do don’t research in how to become one. Does anyone have any resources and or connections for where to start? I would greatly appreciate it.

Writing and Editing

I Started A New Project

​My husband and I were talking over dinner last week and he said the most epic line I’ve ever heard. I asked him if I could use if for the opening line in my next story. (I’m not sure the length yet, it’s still a baby idea). He said I could so I’ve spent the last week trying to figure out characters, plot, etc.

Well tonight I decided to start the writing process! I’ve only got four sentences so far but I’ll have you know, I don’t have a single adverb! (There’s still time though).

I’m still flushing some thoughts out but j just wanted to tell you all the exciting news. I’m not going to lie, it feels good to start a new project from scratch. The timing could be better as I’ve got about 17ish other projects going on right now in addition to working full time, but if I wait then I’ll probably forget.