The Road to Being Published

Another Wednesday, another update. I’ve gotten to where I love these.

Days of the Kill is still with the beta readers. I haven’t gotten any feedback yet, so I’m still waiting on them. Hopefully, I’ll actually get some. Sometimes, I wonder… Oh, well, we’ll see where I’m at toward the end of February. That’s when I’m wanting it back by.

I just started really working on editing The Path to Biological. I’m ashamed to say I haven’t done much, but there were a few days when  I’ve felt extremely blah and didn’t feel like doing anything. You know how it is… We’ve all had those days. Don’t deny it. I’ve done the last couple of chapters, though. I’m working backwards since the plot changed so much. Two chapters down…several more to go.

The Child of Fault is coming along fairly well. I haven’t checked the word count the past couple times, but the last time I checked it was just over 5,000 words. Who knew I could come so far with just the little bit of time I use to write the first draft? The first draft is the easy part… I don’t even want to think about what the editing is going to look like yet. Oh, jeez.

Finally, I’m excited to announce that I am starting a vlog! I plan to do the first episode this afternoon. I’m so excited for you guys to actually see me and what I’m actually doing. you’ve all seen it written down, but I think it’s time you can actually hear it, too. I’m excited, and it will definitely expand my audience. I hope you guys are as excited about this as I am!

Last thing: This has become more of a writing blog than I originally intended. Most of my posts will still be about writing, but once in a while, it will be about other things. It may not just be on Monday and Wednesday, either sometimes. I definitely want to let you guys in on my personal life as well!

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Beta Reader Anxiety

I think we all have anxiety in some form or another. Some people, it’s major, some people, it’s minor. For me, it’s minor.

Most of the time.

There are some times when my anxiety goes through the roof. That happened recently. It happened Friday night, when I sent my manuscript off to my beta readers. I sent my baby out to the first eight people that would ever read it. I have no idea what they’re going to think about it, and well, I want to know, but I don’t want to know. I’m going to hear from some of them, but I doubt I’ll hear from all of them. We’ll see.

Some of them, I know will give an honest review. One of them is going to give a heartbreaking review (you know who you are…). Some of them, well, they might be not willing to hurt my feelings (even though I told them to not spare my feelings in the email), and say, “It’s perfect! Don’t change a thing!”

Yeah, no. I don’t want that. I need honesty.

I’ve talked to a couple of the beta readers since I sent it out. I managed to steer clear of the topic with one, but the other one brought it up. I wasn’t too happy about that, but at least I know he’s reading it and he’ll get back to me. As long as he’s honest in his review, I’ll be happy.

I admit, waiting a month for reviews is going to be hard. A month can seem like an extremely long time when you’re waiting for something really important. I’ll be sure to keep you updated about how I’m holding up. Until then…stay tuned!

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The Road to Being Published

Yet another Wednesday, so another time to update how my journey to being published is coming along. I couldn’t be more excited with my progress.

I’m currently in the process of getting the contact information needed for my beta readers (well, email, really, so I can get it to them, but you get the picture) for Days of the Kill. I’m so excited, yet extremely terrified at the thought of sending my first ever book to the first ever people that will see it. I have such mixed emotions. I don’t know how I’m going to keep my mind off of it for a month.

Luckily, I have things to do that will help with that. Some of those things even have to do with writing.

I finally started editing The Path to Biological (see, told you I would…). Well, really, it’s more like proofreading to check for typos. There were a lot! But hey, it’s a start, isn’t it?

I don’t even know where to begin editing. The plot changed so many times during NaNoWriMo. Really, it’s a daunting task.

I also started on the first draft of a third book. This one will be called The Child of Fault. It’s about a child…that has faults… Well, I’ll talk more about it when it’s closer to coming out. It’s fun to write. Hopefully, it will be fun to read as well!

I’m not that far into the first draft yet. I’m currently just short of 5,000 words in. Good thing it’s not NaNoWriMo. As little effort as I’ve put into it so far (I’ll do more when Days of the Kill is out of my hair for a while), I would never get that done on time. Definitely waiting until November to do that again.

Well, I guess that’s about as updated as I can get you right now. Thanks for reading. And guys…thank you so much for the support! I would never be so dedicated to this if it wasn’t for my dedicated readers.

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Beta Readers Everywhere

Technology can be a wonderful thing. It can also be the most troublesome thing on this earth. For me, currently, it’s a wonderful thing.

I’m in the process of looking for beta readers and making sure I get people that are going to be honest with you. I know, it sucks sometimes to have to be so honest, but hey, it happens. It has to happen. How do you think there are such great books in existence? Nobody writes a masterpiece in the first few drafts. Nobody.

One person that I know will be perfectly honest is in Australia. Another lives not too far away from me. Others…well, in other states. Let’s face it. Without technology, I would probably have one beta reader. If that.

I guess the point I’m trying to get across is, beta readers can be from anywhere. It doesn’t matter where you live. You have email. Use it. You have social media. Use it. Use anything that is readily accessible to you. If you want people that are going to be honest with you, you may have to not stick close to where you live. Here’s the best thing: You don’t even have to leave your house!

Make friends online. They can help. I don’t know how you’ve been raised. Heck, I’ve been raised to not talk to people online I’ve never met, but where would I be without the friends I’ve made? Absolutely nowhere. Friends you make online is one of the best things a writer can have. These people can be your beta readers. Make sure they’re honest with you. Now, if you’re ready, go and find them. Ready, set, go.

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The Road to Being Published

Guess what guys? The world must be ending!

Okay, now that I have your attention… It’s back to the regularly scheduled Road to Being Published. Man, I’ve missed this.

I am so close to finishing the fourth draft of Days of the Kill. I can’t believe I’m so close! I’ll be looking for beta readers soon. I’m getting anxious just thinking about it because I’m about to send my baby to the first few people that will ever see it!

I’m excited about how far I’ve come. I let a lot of things get in the way of my writing, but it feels really good to be back on a serious schedule.

Well, maybe not a normal schedule, but writing every day no matter what. That sort of thing.

I’m about to start editing The Path to Biological. I know I said I would before, but now I’m actually planning on it. I know, I know, promises, promises. Life happened. Hopefully it won’t this time.

I’m also about to start working on my third novel. I have no clue what it’s going to be called yet, but I can’t wait to get started on it! I’m working on my third novel before I even publish my first… Wow. What an achievement.

Speaking of publishing my first novel, I’m planning on self-publishing and am aiming to be hitting publish on July 8! I’m so excited. In less than six months from now, I could be a published author… Hopefully, my readers will enjoy it.

Well, I guess that’s all I have for this week. I have no idea what I’m going to write about on Monday, but until then… Stay tuned!

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I know, I know, I said I would get back to Wednesday posting. I also said unless something earth-shattering happens. Believe it or not, something earth-shattering did happen. The little girl that I take care of that I have mentioned many times before went to the hospital. I couldn’t write and be happy after that. I just couldn’t.

I can’t give many details as to why she was in the hospital, but I can say that she was released Friday afternoon and it’s back to work for me on Tuesday. I have never been so happy to hear those words in my life.

Hopefully, I will be getting back to writing a Road to Being Published on Wednesday. I hope it really happens this time. I don’t like promising things and then missing it… That gets old. Really fast.

I can tell you that I’m on the fourth draft now of Days of the Kill. It’s about time I got there, too. I hated moving so slow on the third draft. I got tired of being on the same draft for over a month. Gosh darn computer problems!

Well, I will hopefully get back to that on Wednesday. I’ve missed doing that. Wednesday has turned into my favorite time of the week because I get to update you on how close I am to getting published. I’m ready. I’m willing. I can do it.

Until Wednesday…stay tuned!

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Updates on Life

I apologize for being gone for so long. I had a cold, then my dog destroyed my laptop, then the holidays came up… You get the picture. Life got in the way. Gosh darn that life, right? It feels good to be back.

I wanted to keep you updated. I said I would keep posting on Mondays even though NaNoWriMo is long over, and now, finally, I can. It’s been more than a month. How insane is that?

I’ve basically been doing the same old, same old, with work, school, and everything. The holidays were nice, though. I only had to work one day a week for two weeks. It was a nice break from Barney. Who wouldn’t enjoy that? I know I do. I’ve been less mentally exhausted lately. But don’t get me wrong. I enjoy what I do.

I’ve been editing a lot lately. Almost obsessively. I’m trying so hard to get the third draft done. After I do that, it’ll be time to hunt for beta readers. I’m honestly looking forward to that. But, more about that on Wednesday on my continuing series.

Well, I guess that’s about it going on in my world. I hope everyone had an amazing holiday season.

If you’re interested in being a beta reader for Days of the Kill, please let me know! I would love to have some of my readers know what they think about my book.

I will definitely be back on Wednesday with The Road to Being Published…as long as nothing earth shattering happens! Until then…stay tuned!