The Road to Being Published

It’s Wednesday, so it’s time again to look at my progress with being published. I always look forward to these. 🙂

I’ve gotten quite a bit done this week! I’m so excited about my progress, and quite proud of how far I’ve come.

Days of the Kill won’t be on hold for much longer. I know, I keep saying that, but it’s so true. The editor is supposed to get with me today or tomorrow and say that she’s ready for the manuscript. Here’s to hoping that it doesn’t take too much more editing!

The Path to Biological is officially off with the beta readers. I’m so excited. The waiting game begins with them. I’m so looking forward to getting back opinions. I just sent it out a few days ago, but it seems like forever ago!

The Child of Fault is officially in progress. I’m on the second draft. I’m having to change quite a bit, but I guess that’s why it’s called a draft. It’s so tedious. But I am so glad that it’s going somewhat smoothly.

Bethany’s Corpse is still on hold. It probably will be for a little while longer. I don’t know how long exactly, but I will get to it eventually. I promise.

I’ve made so much progress this week! I hope to have even more to report next week. Until then…stay tuned!

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Time Flies By

Hey all, I apologize for not posting at all last week. I was insanely busy.

I was just realizing how fast time goes by. My niece turns five in just two months. But I guess that wasn’t the main focus on my thoughts about how fast time is going.

I have wanted to get published pretty much all of my life. But you know what? I used to wait for inspiration to come and then I just wrote all night. Big mistake, I know. Especially since I was in high school at the time and would sometimes write on a school night!

I would love to say that worked. Not surprisingly, it didn’t. After high school, I started listening to a writing podcast and really started wanting to write seriously. I really started in May of 2014. It’s crazy to think how fast time has gone by. I don’t feel like I’ve been writing for over a year, and now I’m just waiting on the money to be able to get the manuscript edited one last time!

It’s been almost a year since I first finished that manuscript… It’s crazy to think about.

I don’t know how time slips by us all, but it sure does. I’d be willing to bet that all of you think so, too!

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The Money is Coming

I’m so sorry for not posting for over a month, everyone! I’ve been swamped with school things and getting ready for vacation. And then, of course, there was the actual vacation… Anyway, I’m back to the real world and hopefully, back to posting regularly.

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know that I’ve been saving up money for an editor. It’s been a slow, tedious process, but it’s finally getting close. After all these months, I may be able to finally change what I say on Wednesday’s about Days of the Kill.

I was on vacation for two weeks. I missed an entire pay period, and I don’t get paid time off. But you know what? I was looking at the bank the other day, and as it turns out, I got paid for my vacation time anyway. Say what? Mind you, I’m not complaining. It was a nice surprise.

I’m so excited. I’m just over $300 short of what I need for the editor. One or two more paychecks should cover that. I’ll finally be able to say that Days of the Kill is with the editor instead of it being on hold! I’m so glad that I’m able to do that. I’m sure everyone is tiring of seeing the same thing over and over again.

Guys, maybe you’re like me and you’ve been saving up for an editor for months and months at a time. I know, it gets really tiring. But don’t despair: I know from experience that the money does come. Just keep looking toward your goal.

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The Road to Being Published

It’s Wednesday, so it’s time for another update.

I’ve done so much this week! I’m getting a lot better at this whole commitment thing. 🙂

Days of the Kill is still on hold, unfortunately. I can fix the pages some, and I can edit the first two pages based off of the free sample edits, but…meh. I’m still saving up to go further than the free sample.

The Path to Biological is going well. I’m getting so close to the end of the third draft! I’m not really looking forward to what’s waiting for me in the fourth draft, but…I guess I kind of asked for it when I picked such a difficult plot to write about during the month of November…you know what that means.

The Child of Fault is still on hold. I’m taking a month off from it so I can just get my mind away from it for a while. I still think of some of the things that I could have done better, but that’s what editing is for. I’ll take care of some of the more obvious things in the second draft.

Bethany’s Corpse is going really well! I have just over 11,000 words already. I don’t remember the last time I’ve gotten so far in just a short time. Well, except for maybe November.

Nah, not even then.

I’m really excited about how far I’ve come this week. Hopefully next week, I’ll have even more to report! We’ll see…my oldest niece is visiting this weekend. That may make writing a little difficult.

Well, I guess that’s about it for this week. Until then…stay tuned!

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Starting a New Story

I couldn’t help myself yesterday. I had time to edit, so I edited. I had time to start a new manuscript…

And so I did.

Pretty crazy, isn’t it? Now I’m working on four manuscripts at once… Say what?

If I’m being honest, I love the feel of starting a new manuscript. It’s like something that can’t be described. It’s a new feeling. It’s the wonder of what’s going to happen. It’s the wonder of…a new adventure.

Yes, a new adventure. That’s what a story is, isn’t it? An adventure? A lot of times I don’t know what’s going to happen with the story until I get there… I always love finding out.

I know this will be an absolutely crappy first draft, but hey, I’m okay with that. I will feel amazing after I get the first draft done, even if it means I have a crap load of editing to do after it.

I really look forward to seeing how this new draft turns out. I can’t wait to see how this book ends! It may turn into a sequel like the other three are turning out to be…dear gosh, I kind of hope not. It’s a case, and I don’t want this case dragging out into two books.

Bethany’s Corpse is officially under way. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I intend to find out. One thing’s for sure: I feel like the potential for many things can happen in this book.

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Do It Right or I’ll Eat Your Lunch!

Okay, so maybe I won’t really eat your lunch if you do it wrong. That was just a really popular saying in middle school with the band director. I was just thinking about it earlier today, so yeah. That’s where that came from.

Plus, I wanted to see if it would get your attention, seeing as I’ll be complaining today… I love Monday’s. 🙂

As you may know, several months ago the first man to be diagnosed with Ebola in the US passed away. Well, his financee wrote a book on how she and her son have been dealing with his passing. It was release the other day.

Well, that’s nice and all, but see, she was interviewed on the local news station since she’s a local resident. She said at one point, “Well, you know, I only did one draft. It only takes one draft anyway, and it was just too hard to even try and go through it again.”

Um…what? I’m sorry, did I hear you right?

No. Just…no.

Writing a book takes a lot of work! Writing, rewriting, editing, spending a ton of money on an editor…everything. Ugh. It’s so frustrating how people think writing a book is easy.

The sad thing is…she’ll probably get sales anyway.

Guys, if you’re really going to write a book like you say, then okay, go for it. I’m all for people putting their foot in the door and writing. That’s what I’m doing. Why do you think I started multiple websites?

But honestly…do it right. Don’t humiliate yourself by only doing one draft. Come on now. That’s just setting yourself up for failure. I don’t want you to do that. I want you to do well. I’m not just concerned about myself, you know. I’m concerned about all writers.

I guess that’ll do it for now. Until Wednesday…stay tuned!

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The Road to Being Published

Another Wednesday, another update. I’ll try to keep it short. I haven’t done that much this week.

This week has been…chaotic, to say the least. I was out of town for a couple days celebrating my niece’s birthday. It was fun. Still…I didn’t bring my laptop, so no writing.

Days of the Kill is still on hold, at least a little. I am offering a free preview for anyone who asks (email me at whatnottowriteandwritingtips@gmail.com if interested). As long as you’re aware that it’s not the final draft and the formatting is a little sloppy (I’m working on it), we’ll be okay.

The Path to Biological is still going slowly. Seems like I haven’t had time to work on it much (it’s my pet peeve when people say that. Still, when I’m swamped with homework and my parents insist that I can only write uninterrupted after I have my first book out…um, what?). I’ll try to work on it more after I get to a point that I can. I hope that will be soon. It’s driving me crazy not being able to work on it!

The Child of Fault has been put on hold for a few days. I couldn’t motivate myself to write, and as it turns out, I’m horrible with deadlines. Putting The Child of Fault on a deadline was a horrible idea. So, that deadline is no longer existent. I’m not even looking at the thing until May.

Alright, well I guess that’s about it for this week. Until next week…stay tuned!

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Money Struggles

Being a writer can be absolutely crippling to your bank account. As someone who is currently struggling to get enough money to get an editor, I would know. It’s more than horrific to think about.

I guess all authors struggle before they get their first book out. Heck, most authors probably struggle even after they get their first book out. Unless, you know, you’re JK Rowling or someone with her kind of money.

I recently got in contact with an editor that I think could do a really good job with my manuscript and undo all the damage that the first editor seems to have done. I know, I said the first editor did a really good job. Well, after looking at the sample edit that the second editor did, I’m afraid I have to take that back, as much as I didn’t want to.

I look at the money that I spent on the first editor. It’s not a bad deal. I spent just over $500 on her services. Not bad when you think about what most editors cost, right? Well, I guess you get what you pay for, which in this case, I’m afraid wasn’t much.

I think what pains me most is the fact that I had no reason to not trust this editor. My publicist actually got me in touch with her, and said that she could do a really good job. As much as I love what my publicist is doing, I had a really good feeling about her.

While talking about this, I guess what could have happened was, she really did do an amazing job with it, but the second editor has a completely different view. I happen to trust the second editor… She’s getting to be fairly well-known.

I’ve gotten off-track. Anyway. The point is, being an unpublished writer can be hard, and extremely frustrating when you need services, but you don’t have the funds for it. I think paying the editor will be the hardest part. When that’s over with, I can move on to the cover art while I’m working on the edits.

I guess that’s about it for this week. I may or may not be able to post next Monday. I’ll be getting back in town on Sunday, so I should be able to, but we will see. So until then…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!

The Road to Being Published

Yet another Wednesday, so time for another update.

I’m so excited about how far I’ve come on Days of the Kill. I have my third chapter almost done with editing for the second draft. I’m pretty sure I can finish it tonight. I’ll have more time since my parents will be gone a little longer.

It sounds weird that my parents being gone is my reasoning for having longer to edit, but I do most of my editing Wednesday nights when they’re gone. I try to edit most days, but Monday and Wednesday I can’t stay up late since I have work the next morning. So, the only time I can get editing done on Wednesday is when my parents are gone that night.

I only do it at night because I have homework to do during the day. Let me tell you, balancing college and writing is not easy. It’s so worth it, though. I love it.

When I was in second grade, I got the award for Best Story Teller. That’s when I got the idea to be a writer. Typical, right? I started long ago, just like a lot of writers do.

I can’t believe how far I’ve come. My first novel completely flopped, so this is the first time I’ve ever gone through the editing process. It’s so exciting to think that I’m going to be published one day. I know I can get there. I just have to keep believing in myself.

I know I can finish the third chapter tonight on Days of the Kill. I just know I can. I don’t think it will take that long, either. I’m also working on The Healing for my NaNoWriMo project still. I’m almost halfway done with that! Tune in Monday for more details…

Thank you all so much for your continued support. It means so much to me that you always support me in my writing career. See you guys next Wednesday for another update, and make sure to check out my journey as a first-time NaNoWriMo participant on Monday.