The Road to Being Published

It’s Wednesday, so time to take a look at how far I’m getting on being published.

I’ve done so much these past two weeks! Well, at least for one day. As for the other days, I can’t say too much.

Days of the Kill is still on hold due to money issues, but I’m thinking about going for a different editor. One I can actually kind of afford this time. I would have had to save up money for them, but I have to say that I do have the money for them now, so if I like the free sample, I’m definitely going for them.

The Path to Biological is going well. I edited 32 pages just the other day. It felt like I was running a marathon or something for two hours… Still, it was rewarding, and that means I’m just that much closer to beta reader hunting.

The Child of Fault is going slowly. I’m working on it some, but I haven’t put a lot of effort into it. I’m on the second draft, so there’s a lot to be done. Hopefully the next few drafts will be just a tiny bit faster.

Bethany’s Corpse is on hold still. I haven’t quite gone a month without looking at it, so I’m going to use that month up for all it’s worth. Hopefully I don’t go totally crazy from all the horrible mistakes in it!

If you’ve been following me for a while, you may know that I’ve been wanting to self-publish for a while. Well, today on my Facebook author page, there was the owner of an indie publishing company that contacted me and said that we could discuss options. This would be great for me, and I’m so happy that she messaged me. I don’t know if I will go for her publishing company or not, but I can say that I will definitely be giving her a call. I will be able to tell you more about that next week!

Until then…stay tuned!

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The Road to Being Published

Another Wednesday, another time to look at how far I’ve come.

I’m really excited with how well this week has gone. I got Days of the Kill back from the editor (yay!), and I finished looking through what she did with it. I have to say, she’s amazing. She did a great job with it. Now, she just wants me to get one more editor… I think I know just the one, too. I just have to get my bank account prepared…yikes!

The Path to Biological is going slowly. I’m still working on the third draft, though I do plan to be able to work on it for about an hour on Saturday, at the very latest. Maybe today, too! Maybe. I hope. I’ll get to the fourth draft eventually. After draft four comes beta readers. That won’t be for a little while, at least.

I’ve got to say, The Child of Fault has come along really well. I’m getting closer and closer to the end of it! I have almost 35,000 words written on it. I’m so excited! I’m definitely looking forward to getting the first draft done. I can already tell it needs A LOT of work. But, I suppose that’s what first drafts are for, right? 🙂

I’m so excited about how this week has gone. I’m looking forward to what next week brings!

I guess that’s it for this week. Next week is another update. Until then… Stay tuned!

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The Road to Being Published

Another Wednesday, another update to see how far I’ve come. Oh, joy.

No, really, I like doing this. It’s just been a long day, you know? Anyway, enough about that. Time to talk writing. Whoo-hoo!

Okay, so I got beta reader feedback from, well, the beta readers. Well, only two gave me feedback, and one was a while back. I looked over it, though, and yay! It’s actually helpful. Both of them are. Now, I just need to get back at them for every single bad thing they said. Wait, what? I totally meant that I need to take their suggestions seriously and edit Days of the Kill. Yeah, that’s totally what I mean. No evil planning here. Nope. None.

In all seriousness, I’ve edited the first chapter of Days of the Kill based on their feedback. Actually, it helped. The first chapter is a lot better, and the hate at the beginning isn’t anywhere near as strong. I like that. It was way too strong before.

The Path to Biological is coming along well. I’m on page… 60 or 70-something. I’ve actually come a long way. It’s better than I thought it would be. Maybe it was that hour I took one night… Then I got sleepy and couldn’t work the other hour on The Child of Fault. I went to bed instead.

The Child of Fault is coming along extremely slowly. I just…ugh. I always run out of time. I have almost 13,000 words. I was hoping to be at 20,000 a long time ago. Maybe I’ll be able to play catch up on Saturday. I hope to be able to dedicate all of Saturday to writing. At least every other Saturday, because, you know, I started hanging around this guy and plan to the other Saturdays… It’s not a date, so get that out of your heads right now.

Wait, what were we talking about again? Oh, yeah, writing.

I’m excited to announce that I now have a publicist! That’s right, I was noticed by a publicist. She came to my Facebook page and contacted me. And she rocks. Seriously.

She set me up with an editor. How cool is that? I actually have an editor now. Okay, so I know it’s normal to have an editor, but this is a first for me. So allow me to believe that it’s amazing.

Well, I guess that’s all for this week. I know I rambled on a lot. Sorry about that, guys! Next Wednesday will be another update. Until then…stay tuned!

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Beta Reader Day

Today’s the day. The day I’ve been dreading. The day I’ve been looking forward to. The day…wait, where was I going with this?

Oh, yes, today is the day that I’m supposed to get feedback from the beta readers. Key words: Supposed to. I’ve only heard from the two currently, so I have no idea how far along I’m going to be able to get with that. They’ve both said the beginning is a little heavy, so I’ll be fixing that. I also feel like I can work that out. I’ll give everyone a week before I totally freak out. Because if I have to, I will freak out and demand feedback. I’m surprised one beta reader in particular hasn’t gotten back to me…

I love my beta readers to death, but I can’t revise if I don’t have feedback. I mean, really. What’s up with that? Well, I guess I could always go off the feedback I have already and then revise the rest myself.  I suppose I could do that if I needed to before sending it off to the editor. We’ll see.

I know, I’m not going to get feedback from every single beta reader. Nobody does. Still, I did expect more than two. I guess that’s what I get for only getting eight beta readers. Oh, well.

In other news, I hired a publicist today. Or yesterday. Or really, she hired herself. I don’t really know. Point is, I have one. Because she came across my Facebook author page and messaged me. I’m so excited!

Well, I guess that’s all I really have for today. You guys, I’m really excited about how far this could go. As long as those gosh darn beta readers get back to me, the possibilities are endless!

That’s all for today. Wednesday will be another update. Until then…stay tuned!

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The Road to Being Published

Once again, I’m sorry for not getting a post up on Monday. My four-year-old niece was visiting and things were a little…chaotic, let’s say.

i have to say, I’m pretty disappointed with the way things have been this week. It was just a bad week for writing in general. Especially since I didn’t have my laptop for part of it. Yesterday was the first time I had written in eleven days. Far too long!

Days of the Kill comes back from the beta readers on Monday. I can’t wait to get it back. I’m nervous, yet really excited about the feedback I’m going to get. I still haven’t heard from anyone else about what they think. They have five days… The clock is ticking, beta readers.

Editing The Path to Biological is slow-going. I’m on page 135 for editing. You would think that’s pretty far along, but when I’m going backwards trying to make sure the plot is the same, well…it’s not really all that far. 40-something pages in. I’m pretty sure.

The Child of Fault is slow-going as well. At least a little. I’m just over 11,000 words in. I was hoping to get to 20,000 by today… Try again this week. I did manage to get two chapters written.

I’m excited to announce that vlogging returns this week! I’ve fallen in love with it, and I’m so excited to get to it. The link to my YouTube channel is on my contact page, so feel free to subscribe to it! (I won’t ask every week. I promise.).

As lacking as it is, that’s it for this week. Hopefully I’ll have more to report next week. Until then…stay tuned!

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The Road to Being Published

Another Wednesday, another update.

I have to admit, this week wasn’t the greatest writing wise. It seems I let a week slip by and didn’t get a lot of writing done. Shame on me, I know.

Days of the Kill is still with the beta readers. I don’t get that back until February 23. I can’t wait to get it back! I’ve gotten feedback from a couple people. A good friend of mine said that it was a page-turner, and another friend basically said the beginning is complete shit and I need to change it. Believe it or not, I actually appreciate both. I haven’t heard back from the other six yet, but they still have nineteen days. 🙂

Editing The Path to Biological has been slow. It’s hard to edit a book that had the plot change so many times in the first draft. It’s not impossible, but difficult. I’m still working backwards on it. I believe I’m on page 150-something…

The Child of Fault is coming along fairly well. I was hoping to get to 10,000 words by today, but that didn’t happen. I have 8,555 words done. Still not bad, but I was hoping for more. Oh, well. Can’t have everything, I guess.

I started an author Facebook page a week ago today, and I’m so excited to already have 217 likes! Most of the people that have liked the page I don’t even know. I’m so excited about that. I have support coming from all around.

I’m also excited to announce that I have started a weekly vlog! Episode one is up on YouTube. I will be adding my YouTube channel to the contact page. I hope you all will check it out. I have to admit, 13 views for the first episode isn’t too bad.

I can’t wait to see how much I get done this next week. It might be less than this week, because I will be out of town from Sunday evening to Tuesday afternoon for the birth of my nephew. As a result, I may not get a post up on Monday.

I will see you guys next week! Until then…stay tuned!

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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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