update and such

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
  • HarperCollins
  • 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

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Rain, rain go away…not!

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.IMG_0893  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.  😉

habits

The hardest thing is getting back into a habit I had.  My original goal was to write around 700 words per day.  I’ve been having problems because of other things that needed to be done.

Finishing classes and graduating.

Critiquing work from my writing group.

And then there was moving.  Though for a time I had no tv and internet.  I got a butt load of writing done.  Maybe I should turn the radio and tv off on the weekends.  I might get more writing done.

 

 

*sigh*

I haven’t been very good the last few days with my writing schedule.  Maybe it’s because I’m finishing up my classes (homework is due by December 13th).  *shrugs*.

Then again, starting a habit is always difficult.

The one good thing I have done is to do major revisions of what I’ve written so far.  I still consider myself to be on my first draft.  It’ll be like that until the manuscript is finished.  Only then will I launch into the full revisions and such.

What I don’t like is the arrival of a nasty character.  *shudders*.  Mean, nasty and full of resentment.  Now I gotta figure out how to work his storyline into everything.  I probably just doubled the size of the manuscript.   And then there’s research.   😉  Gotta do more research on issues and possible duels, yup a duel, and such.  Who knows what’ll happen.

 

critique groups

I’m a member of a local critique group.  It’s a wonderful thing to be a part of, especially when you’re just starting out.  There are people there of all levels, along with an actual editor (albeit retired from editing).

Even though I enjoyed every minute of it, my first two chapters were bled all over.  It was brutal and honest, and awesome at the same time.  I’m so glad I found this group when I did

beginnings…

My first posting.  Yay!!

 

Nothing happening with me so far.  Still working on my story, and will be for a while.  I did get my business cards.  They look really, really nice.

 

Right now the story I’m working on is a historical fiction based in the regency period.  I’ve got four chapters done and am trying to work on the next one.  You know, writing a funeral is hard.  At least I have a good copy of the Book of Common Prayer.

*sigh* the things we do for research.

I’d really love to go to Williamsburg to check out Bruton Parish Church.  Williamsburg is the only “village” we have in the States that’s from the regency era.

 

Stay tuned!