The Road to Being Published

I was planning on getting a post up on Monday, but of course, that didn’t happen. Oh, well. As long as I get to do this. I love this even if it doesn’t bring up very positive results. 🙂

I really didn’t get a lot done this week. I briefly wondered if it was even worth posting. I figured it was, since I still love doing this.

Days of the Kill is done. I’m still waiting to see the pre-order available, and I don’t know when that will be. I will be sure to let everyone know as soon as I can.

The Path to Biological is still being hand-written, and I’m still on chapter 40-something. I’m not positive how many chapters in I am for sure, but I’ll try to make sure I know for next week, and hopefully that will bring more positive results than lately.

The Child of Fault is still on hold because The Path to Biological is my main focus right now. I will definitely focus on this when I can. It’ll more than likely be when the other one is with a couple more beta readers that I have in mind. Not a huge formal beta reading thing, just a couple friends to look over it one more time. 🙂

Bethany’s Corpse is still on hold as well. I will work on that once The Child of Fault is with beta readers (whenever that is… I have no idea.). I’m hoping it’s soon. I enjoy that manuscript.

Do You Remember Me is going slowly. For the most part, it is on hold, but I work on that whenever I do a sprint with my Writing Accountability Group. I’m about 18,000 words in, I believe.

Living Through Abuse is on hold for now as well. Once I finish the first draft of Do You Remember Me through sprints, this will be the next one in line for that. It won’t be this week, but I’m hoping I can do another one next week.

I think that’s all for this week. It wasn’t much, but at least I did a little. Hopefully more next week.

Until next week…stay tuned!

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And So It Begins

I hit the most exciting milestone of my career so far yesterday. I had my first author interview! Feel free to check it out here: https://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/here-is-my-interview-with-s-courtney-killian/

I had a blast answering questions and I’m sure my awkward side showed through. I couldn’t believe that it was actually happening. It was even more surreal to be reading it this morning!

I know I could have answered some of the questions better, but it was my first interview. I’ll get better as time goes on, assuming I do more. I hope I do. It was a lot of fun getting any readers of this website to get to know me more.

I guess this interview is the biggest step of my career so far. I don’t know how many interviews I’ll have, or how successful I’ll be, but as long as I have fun, I really don’t care. I’m writing because I love it.

It was a really exciting step, and I can’t wait to see where my career takes me. I will definitely be keeping everyone updated!

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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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Being Productive With a Child

I don’t have children. However, I have a four-year-old niece. Well, I also have another niece and a nephew, but the four-year-old is the only one that comes to visit for the weekend. The other’s can wait until they’re two. My youngest niece is almost two.  My nephew is only a month and a half old. I forgot where I was going with this.

OH YEAH.

This past weekend, my four-year-old niece came to visit. Now, I always struggle to find time to write when she’s here. She’s extremely active, and it takes both my parents and I to reign her in sometimes. So, as a result, I didn’t get Saturday to write like I wanted to. Such a pain.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my niece, but sometimes, it’s frustrating when I don’t get things done that I would like to get done. I admire parents… Especially single parents.

Usually, I end up getting absolutely no writing done when my niece is here. It seems like there’s never any time. Well, this weekend, I found time, like I’ve been so big on ranting about lately. It was time to shape up and take my own damn advice.

So, I found time to write. In the middle of the night.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. I’m crazy to write in the middle of the night like that, right? I know you’re thinking that… Don’t deny it.

Let me guess. You’re too tired late at night. You need to get up early. Your kid wore you out. So what? You want to get that book published, don’t you? Well, the middle of the night or during nap time it is.

Okay, so I’m more talking about what belongs on my other site, but still. It’s annoying when people make excuses.

I can’t say that writing in the middle of the night is the best idea in the world, but sometimes, it’s necessary. I like sleep as much as the next person, but when you’re under a self-imposed deadline (or an actual deadline!) like I am, it’s kind of important to make some time for yourself…

So, when is the best time to write for you? Let me know in the comments!

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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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The Road to Being Published

I’m sorry for not getting a post up on Monday. Well, not really. I was out of town meeting my baby nephew and taking care of my nieces while my sister was in the hospital.

I admit, I’ve barely done any writing this week. I haven’t had a chance. I’ve barely been able to keep my head above water with school and work. And that was before going out of town. Things have been chaotic, let me tell you.

I haven’t heard anything else from my beta readers for Days of the Kill. They have twelve days… They had better get back to me. Oh, I guess my anxiety is getting back up again. Moving on now…

The Path to Biological is getting harder and harder to edit. I’m starting to notice more and more plot changes. Once I get to the third draft, it will be a little bit easier, I hope. I’m not sure how much easier, exactly, but easier. At least I’ll be done with trying to make the beginning of the story the same plot as the end. I’ve already seen one thing that I’m going to have to change…

The Child of Fault is coming along fairly well. I have a little over 10,000 words. I was hoping to get there last week. Instead, I  got there this week. Oh, well. Things happen. Life happens. Maybe I’ll get about 10,000 words in this week. Or not, since my laptop is at my sister’s place. I managed to forget it. Joy.

I’m not too thrilled with the fact that I haven’t done much, but things happen. Meeting my nephew was a happy occasion. Taking care of my nieces was a chore, but still fun. Sometimes.

I won’t be doing a vlog this week due to not having my laptop, but I’ll get back to it next week. I’m looking forward to getting back to it. Wednesdays are fun for me. Most of the time. Check out my other two. The link to my YouTube channel is on my contact page. 🙂

Here’s to hoping to a better week writing-wise!

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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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The Road to Being Published

Ever since I was just seven years old, I have wanted to become an author. I didn’t know what it was called at the time, but I always wanted to write a book and let people see it. I always wrote stories. I even got the award for best story-teller in second grade.

I’m finally realizing this thirteen-year-old dream of mine.

Okay, so I’m not really close to being published yet. Nowhere close. I’m getting there, though. Right now, I’m in the process of working on my second draft. I’m not really too fond of the editing, but it has to be done, right? Especially with all the stumbling blocks, it’s hard to believe that I’ll ever get it done. I’m not quitting yet, though. There is no way I’m quitting when I’ve come so far.

Every Wednesday, I’ll keep you updated at how far I’ve come. I plan on getting pretty far every week, so it’s not the same thing that I’m saying every single week. Maybe I’ll get the second draft done in just a few weeks, and send it off to a friend of mine who will hopefully agree to look at it! If not, I’ll skip that step and go straight to beta readers. Hopefully, I’ll get a handful of those.

I currently have five pages of my second draft done. Hopefully next Wednesday, I’ll have even more!

The Amazing Journey

A few days ago, I told you about my new goals in life. One of them was finishing the first draft of my novel by the beginning of 2015. That is still a goal of mine, but I am very excited to say that it may be finished before then. I have done a total of 65 pages this month, and the month isn’t even over yet. I’ve finished three short stories. I finished short story number five just last night, and I am very excited to start the sixth today. After I finished the sixth, I just have one more to go.

I’m extremely excited at how fast this is going. I always dreamed I would become a published author, but I never thought I would actually get to a point where I would need an editor and actually get closer and closer to it. Lately, it has occurred to me that one of my closest friends is really supporting me through all of this. He even asked me about my next book last night!

Thank you to everyone that has been supporting me throughout this whole thing. I know, there’s been doubt because when I first started writing, I wasn’t serious about it at all. I would just write every once in a while instead of almost everyday. Thank you to everyone who has stuck with me throughout all of this. I will always be grateful to those of you who support me.