I’m back! Sorry about last week. I didn’t have my computer with me. I bet you’re asking if I had set it up for publishing while gone. I couldn’t. The reason why is that I’m doing the current writing prompts.
Which reminds me, here’s the next one! As usual, I take these directly from Writer’s Digest. You can find it here.
And if you’re too lazy to click on the link, I have it down below.
Writing Prompt: Secrets Within
The police come to your residence with a search warrant. But somewhere inside, there is something you don’t want anyone to find, ever.
Respond to the prompt in 500 words or fewer in the comments below. (I actually like how they put the instructions. I might start adding that for now on.
I know it’s been like forever since I’ve been here, but I’ve been busy. My first novel has been officially published!
If you’re so inclined to read, here’s the link:
Commit Thy Work
Why did I pick such a twisted subject, or time period, to write about? Every time I access something on the web I find that there’s more behind the machinations of the people during this particular time period than is humanly possible.
I could be researching this subject for years and still not find everything there is to know about it.
So I ask once again, why?
Am I just a glutton for punishment?
Okay, I suspect you’re wondering who in the world is this that I’ve received a blog entry from? Well, you chose to follow me as Brenda Sackville. Sadly enough, that was a nom d’plum, or a pseudonym. I’ve decided to go with my actual name, which is what you see.
I’ve still been working on my manuscript and querying. *sigh*
Okay, so I’m still doing the first revision (where I’ll fix all the obvious stuff that I missed the first time around). I’ve also started looking at where I could go shopping what I’ve done. I might look at the big five, but I’m not that sure about it. I’ve heard horror stories which makes me a bit leery with them.
Right now those big five book publishers are:
- Hachette Book Group
- MacMillian Publishers
- Penguin Random House (used to be separate before they merged)
- Simon and Schuster
Not to mention the genre publishing houses such as Tor (for science fiction) Holman Publishers (Christian literature along with Bibles), and Taylor (publishes school yearbooks).
Then there’s all the small publishers that are more open to taking a first book from a writer, which is what I’ve been thinking about. Self publishing is good, but I’m also of the mind to see if I can go it the traditional route. If it ends up being a small press, then why am I to complain?
revision: 31,169 of 100,000ish
I’ve thought about adding a widget showing my progress, but I wasn’t sure how to do that. I guess I’ll have to do it the old fashion way (what I did last time).
I’m sitting here on my couch and trying to edit. Next to the back door, my cat is snoozing happily (I can’t say in the sun because it’s cloudy today). My 32 inch TV is off. Well most of the time it’s off. The only time I’m watching is when the news is on. What’s surprising is that I turned the radio off and have pandora playing barely at hearing level.
At least I’m a quarter the way through the edits. Writing is easy, editing is a bear. 😦
words edited: 24,882
Two lovely things happened today. I think I mentioned this before. If not then I probably should have. I finished my rough draft. All 443 pages and around 93K words.
Today I went out and had the manuscript printed out. It’s about an inch thick. For a long time I’ve always worked with computer files. This is the first time I’ve gone out and plopped down money to print something I’ve written. It actually makes it real.
Now comes the hard part, all those revisions and stuff. I know it’s crappy, so this is the time I get to see just how bad it really is so I can fix it.
The other lovely thing that happened, or is happening right now is that there’s clear wet stuff falling from the skies. I’m like “what is this?” See, where I live we should have over 5 1/2 inches of rain since the beginning of the year. Until today we’ve had maybe 0.8 inches. Yeah, it’s bad.
I luv the sound of rain hitting the windows. It’s just a lovely white noise. I hope I get to hear more of it as the days pass.
Now that I think back, I probably did post about finishing my rough draft. I guess I don’t remember because I slept since then. 😉