The Road to Being Published

Another Wednesday has come, so it’s time for another update. Have I said how much I love these recently? 🙂

I’m pretty excited with how this week has gone. It’s had it’s ups and downs, but what week doesn’t? I do believe I’m getting closer and closer to feeling like an actual author.

Days of the Kill is going places. I really hope not down the drain, because that would be bad. I got in contact with the second editor, and her sample edit is amazing. I love her work. The bad thing is…she charges a lot more than the other editor! I don’t know how I’m supposed to be able to afford that… She said she doesn’t usually do payment plans, but she’s willing to work with me, which I’m thankful for. As a college student, I pretty much have no money, which means I need people to be willing to work with me.

The Path to Biological is going really slowly still. I haven’t had a Saturday that was free to just work on it! Or any day, really, for that matter. Curse you, life! Curse you. Anyway… I’m not even 100 pages into the third draft yet. Hopefully, that will change soon. I may be doing two chapters at once, but all the chapters are short, and I need the time to work on more than just two a day!

The Child of Fault is going well. It was slower than I had hoped, but word count wise, I’m actually right on track to finishing it. I’m so excited about that! I’m so ready to see how the first draft ends up. Now, if only this loop hadn’t been thrown in… Gosh darn it.

I guess that’s about it for this week. I’m really excited about how well it’s gone. We’ll see how much farther I can get by 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. I always look forward to these. 🙂

I’ve done pretty well with writing this week, I have to say. I’m not quite as far as I would like to be, but I’ve still done pretty well for barely having any of the weekend to write.

Days of the Kill is still with the editor. I thought I would be working on it by now, but I’m not. I don’t mind, though. She’s taking the time she needs, and I totally respect that. I’m glad she is. She’s still a fairly new copy-editor, but the work I’ve seen so far is absolutely amazing.

Something weird happened with The Path to Biological. It wouldn’t take me to the place that I stopped at, so I had to start over with the third draft. It was disappointing, but I’ll be alright. Maybe I’ll still reach my deadline anyway. Well, my self-imposed deadline. Really, it’s okay. I’ll get through some of that faster this time, and I have Saturday dedicated to writing, anyway. 🙂

I’ve done really well with The Child of Fault this week. I’m getting really close to having 30,000 words written. I found this spreadsheet on my Writing Accountability Group on Facebook, so now I’m forced to write at least that many words a day. But, I’m not complaining. It makes sure I write so I meet my deadline. I’m not going to complain about that!

I have now reached five videos for my vlog. I’ll be doing my sixth today. I got my first couple comments last night. They were mean ones, like, “Go kill yourself,” and “You’re a stupid bitch.” I hadn’t really thought about how I would react to the horrible comments that can happen, but I decided you know what? These people don’t even know me. They don’t know what I’m really like. Yes, I’m extremely awkward and maybe not the most comfortable in front of a camera, but I decided to do a vlog so I can maybe expand my audience. I’m not letting a few mean comments get in my way. And hey, even though they didn’t like it, they still took time to watch. And besides, it’s called The Awkward Writer for a reason. 🙂

Well, I guess that’s about it for this week. Hopefully I’ll have Days of the Kill back by next week. Until then…stay tuned!

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The Road to Being Published

Another Wednesday, another update. I love these!

I’m really excited about how the week has gone. I hit a major milestone. Or at least, I think it’s a milestone. Maybe not for more experienced authors, but for me, it is. Yay. 🙂

Days of the Kill is going really well! It’s still with the editor, but I got a snippet back the other day, and I’m so excited about that! The manuscript is already sounding so much better than it was. She figured out a ton of sentences that were bothering me. I’m so happy about that.

The Path to Biological is going a little slowly, but it’s going along. I’m hoping I’ll be able to pick it up more on Saturday, but my four-year-old niece will be visiting, so…we’ll see. It’s on the third draft, though, so hopefully I’ll see a lot of improvement! It’s a major rewrite draft, though, so I’ll still probably have to write a fourth draft before beta readers are brought into the picture.

The Child of Fault is going slowly again, though I do have just under 25,000 words down. I did almost 5,000 words this week! That’s not a lot, but hey, I’m glad I was able to get that much done. A lot of time I don’t. We’ll see how far I can get by next week.

I guess that’s about all this week. I’m looking forward to seeing how far I get next week. By next week, I should be working more on Days of the Kill! Until then…stay tuned!

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The Road to Being Published

Another Wednesday, another time to look at how far along I am in my journey of being published.

I have to say, it doesn’t really seem like I’ve come very far, but I really feel like I’ve done a lot. so, I’m excited about it.

Days of the Kill is officially off with the editor! I sent it to her last Wednesday evening. I’m so excited to see how far I’ve come with that. It was just last May when I started the first draft for that… Less than a year later, it’s off with the editor. I can’t believe it.

I’m currently taking a break on The Path to Biological. I start up with the third draft tomorrow. Well…after work, anyway. I’m so excited to get started on the third draft. Not so much that one of the characters needs a major rewrite, but hey, if I can get that, I’m not too worried about it. So, we’ll see how that goes.

The Child of Fault has come a long way! I finally hit 20,000 and almost to 21,000. How cool is that? It’s amazing how much you can get done in one week if you’re working on just one manuscript. But, I made the decision to work on three at once, so I’m excited for the times that I get to work on just one. The Child of Fault was being sadly neglected. I’m glad to have time to work on it.

Lastly, I can’t believe how many people have liked my Facebook author page! I’m not even published yet and have over two thousand likes! Thank you to everyone who has liked my page.

I guess that’s about it this week. Hopefully I’ll have Days of the Kill back from the editor next week. She said I would have it back within fourteen days!

Until next week…stay tuned!

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The Road to Being Published

I know, I promised to keep posting on Monday’s even though November is over. I get that. I had a cold, okay? Deal with it. Back to Monday posting on, well, Monday.

I’m really excited as to how much progress I’ve made on Days of the Kill. I’m part way through the fifth chapter for the third draft! I’m still editing on paper, mind you, but I’ve made a ton of progress in the past week, wouldn’t you say? Forcing myself to do ten pages a day has done a lot for my progress. Before I did ten a day, I would just say, “I really don’t feel like doing that…” and not doing it. Now, I still say that, but guess what? I force myself. I’m really proud of myself for making myself.

Ten pages a day is about all I can stand right now, but hey, once I start typing it, I may just make more progress than that. At least, that’s what I’m hoping. If not, well, I’ll just hope I can keep up the ten pages a day thing. You read that right. Typing ten pages a day. Insanity, I know.

I’m still taking a break from The Path to Biological (formerly known as The Healing). It feel like a while since I’ve looked at it, but I’m taking a month break from it. It hasn’t been a month yet. Quite frankly, I’m kind of glad. I’m not looking forward to the big task of filling in all the holes. So many holes…

Next week, who knows where I’ll be? I’ll probably be typing out the third draft, even though I don’t know where I’ll be in it. Until next week…stay tuned!

The Road to Being Published

Another Wednesday, another update.

I’ve been pretty productive with my third draft of Days of the Kill so far. Or, at least, I would like to think so. I’m on the second chapter for writing out edits, and getting fairly close to the end of it. So, I’ve come pretty far since last Wednesday.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m sick and tired of my manuscript, but I’m pushing through. Since I had a tendency to put it off, I’m making myself do ten pages a day. Ten of them. That way, I’m not wasting time. I’m getting it done in a reasonable amount of time. I’m not forcing myself to overdo anything. Ten pages is about all I can stand of my work, but hey, I’m getting it done, at least!

The cat is glad I only do ten pages a day, too, but that’s beside the point.

One thing that keeps me going is knowing that one day I will be published. But, the only way to be published is to keep pushing through. I plan on going the traditional route, just because I have no idea where to even start with self-publishing. So, to get accepted into a traditional publishing house, I have to keep working on it, and keep editing it until I feel like I can’t get it any better. I’ll get there, I know I will.

Now, to talk about The Healing since NaNoWriMo is over. I loved doing that. I loved writing it. Is it horrible and not worth reading? Oh heck yeah. I’m not giving that to anyone to read right now. It’s embarrassing. Really, it is. You don’t want to read it right now. Trust me I know these things.

I’ve put The Healing on hold for a month so I could take a break from it and really buckle down on working on Days of the Kill. I was putting Days of the Kill off a little, I admit, for The Healing during November. No more, though. I’m ready to get it done and over with.

I’m excited to get to the next draft. Really, I am. I’m not ever going to be totally sure these books are perfect. Is anyone ever really sure? I’m going to have to trust the editors and the publishers. Writing can be one big roller coaster ride. I’m all buckled in and ready to go.

The Road to Being Published

I’m sorry I didn’t get my NaNoWriMo post up on Monday. I had my eyes dilated due to glaucoma testing and I couldn’t see a thing! I finished the project last night, though. Yay!

I was right last week. I said that maybe, just maybe, I would be on the third draft by this week. And guess what? I am! I’m so excited about it. I have the second draft printed out, and now I’m slaving over it with a pen. I’m attacking it before I let any other eyes see it… This will hopefully go out to a friend of mine once I’m done with it before I let beta readers have at it.

I’m so excited to be on the third draft. This will probably be one of the drafts it takes longer for since I’m going through it with a pen and then going to have to type it up. That will take a while, I’m ready for it, though.

I’m still on the first chapter, since I just started last night. I’m slowly working on it. Now that I’m done with my NaNoWriMo project, and that’s being put away for a month, I can dedicate my time on Days of the Kill. I’m so excited about that. Who would’ve thought I would get this close?

I know I’m not anywhere close to being published yet, but I can guarantee that I’m getting closer everyday. I can’t wait to see what happens. I’m looking forward to getting it done!

The thought that this will soon leave my hands and I let someone else see it terrifies me. Yet, at the same time, it’s exciting. This is my baby, and I’ll be letting it go out in the world.

As I said earlier, I finished my NaNoWriMo project last night. My first NaNoWriMo was a success. I’ll be putting it aside for a month, but when I let myself look at it again, I’ll be ready to tackle the horribly written draft. Bring it on, The Healing.

I can’t believe I’m getting closer and closer. Third draft…just like a real writer.

Well, that’s it for this week. Until next week… Stay tuned!