Agent/Publisher Search, Writer's Life

Pre-publishing Check List

I’m almost done editing my novel for the last time. (I know, I’ve been saying that for a long time now, but I mean it this time). So what should I be doing while my cover artist is working her magic? 

I’ve got a list of things that I need to do before I got publish, but I just want to make sure that I’m not forgetting anything. 

  1. Get a cover. I’m working on that. 
  2. Write a synopsis. I’m working on this too.
  3. Set up a newsletter. I’m not sure about this. Is it necessary?
  4. Update blog/Facebook page with my pen name. I’ll be doing this in the next couple days/weeks.
  5. Set up Twitter account. I’ve done this, and once I change my name here I’ll let you know what it is.
  6. Advertise/Promote. I’ll work on this once I have a cover.

What am I forgetting? I’m sure there’s something.

Writing and Editing

Update 

A couple things. First, hubby and I got a cat/ghost writer. She’s helped me twice so far. And we’ll be cranking out some more words today.

Second, I only have 37 pages to final edit. I’m sticking with this as being the last time, so hopefully all the misspelled words and missing quotation marks were caught.

I’m giving myself until September first to finish my novel. I’m sick of editing it and I need to finish it soon, so I can publish it in November. That will hopefully give my cover artist enough time to design something for me.

September first is 21 days away. That should be more than enough time to finish it. As a reward for if I finish before then, I get to go test drive my purple jeep. (It isn’t really mine, obviously, but one day, it will be).

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?

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.

 

 

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. 

Writing and Editing

Quick Question

​I was reading my novel again for the last time and this paragraph reminds me of something, but I’m not sure if I’m just being paranoid or if it really does so I figured I’d ask you guys. If you don’t come up with the same thought that I had I’ll assume it’s ok, and I’ll tell you what I think after I’ve received some feedback. Also if you have any other suggestions for making it better feel free and mention that too. Thanks in advance for your help! 
Leila Portabella was the only daughter of a wealthy land merchant in France. Her mother had died giving birth to her baby brother who died shortly after he was born. Her father never got over the loss, and Leila was a constant reminder of what he had just lost, so he busied himself with work to avoid confronting his grief. He didn’t have the time or desire to take care of Leila so he  left her under the care of a governess. The woman did her best to engage Leila and teach her what she needed to know, but Leila missed her parents and she struggled to stay focused on her work. Before the death of her mother, Leila’s father often doted on his daughter, but since their loss, he traveled far away, often for months at a time. Leila tried her best to be a well behaved little girl, but she could never quite figure out how to please the governess.

Writing and Editing

Done! 

​Mostly. I just need to make sure that the pacing is ok and maybe tweak my characters to make them more likeable (which I probably should have done before I printed) and maybe (hopefully) catch minor details like punctuation and spelling. 

I’m printing it off right now for (if I’m lucky) the last time. Let’s hope the ink and paper supplies can handle the roughly 56,000 words!

Hopefully this is the last time that I have to print this off.
Now let the fun begin. Time to research agents and self publishing and see which route I want to take. Anyone have any suggestions for where I should start? I’ll be making a trip to my local library on Saturday to begin this odyssey. 

While doing that I’ll be editing my third novel for the first time. You’re probably thinking third novel? What about the second one? My best friend currently has it hostage right now but I’ll be getting it back the next time I see her. 

What’s new and exciting with you?

**EDIT** I did have enough paper and ink to get through the printing, but I was running low on ink so it doesn’t look the best. I’m the only one reading this version though so I’m not sure if I care enough to reprint. Again.

Writing and Editing

I’m Writing! 

​I just cranked out 336 words in 16 minutes. It feels great! 

I’m still working on my first novel, but I’m taking a break from editing. Sort of. I’m playing with a scene that I may or may not wind up keeping depending on if I feel like it takes away from the ending. But I’ll figure that out when I get to that part of the editing process. I won’t get to that for a while though. But that will give me time to finish writing this part amd to think about it. 

I don’t think I’m out of this funk, I’m just trying a different approach to addressing it. Hopefully this helps.