Some outlaws kill for the rush. Mary just wants to survive.
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Well, November and NaNoWriMo are long gone now. I did not end up participating in NaNo after all my talking and planning about it – I feel so bad! I ended up putting my focus in the freelance writing gig, and when that didn’t pan out so well… I scrambled to find a full time job to ease the stress and put me back in more of a creative writing mood. I’ve learned a lot over the past month, that’s for sure.
But all the above is rather boring and in the past, anyways. I am excited to say that Followed is nearly done the re-write phase. Soon the beta reader phase will be in order and I will find out for real if it’s as good as I hope it is.
I also started this new novella project (I know, I know. Here we go again!) that I have wanted to write for almost two years. It was actually inspired by a country-themed editorial shoot in a fashion magazine, but there is such an interesting story potential with the quirky model and the unique, whimsical surroundings in each image. *Sigh* But I will try not to get too side-tracked – Followed and Frozen are both nearly finished books and they need to be my main focus right now.
2013 will be an exciting year, book wise. 🙂
Since it has been much too long since I have heard from most of you, please tell me what you have been up to over the past month and a bit. Any new projects underway?
Inspired by Laura Stanfill’s “Line of the Week” post, where she asks writers to post a line or a paragraph from something they had written during the past week.
This is a paragraph from my second book, a (historical) horror called Possessed (for now):
Adeline spun around, her full skirt swaying like a ship’s sail. Gabriel jumped down from the tree, landing awkwardly, and ran to catch up with her. She gawked at him once he reached her side.
“I’m sorry, all right? Most girls back home aren’t interested in climbing trees or exploring. If you don’t mind, I would like to start over again.”
Adeline crossed her arms as a hint of a smile formed on her girlishly pretty face.
Feel free to share something from what you have written this week. 🙂
Hello all! By the Sword is now available in print on Amazon.com for only $9.99.
I wanted to include a silly picture of me holding my proof of the book, but I don’t have a camera yet. It is difficult to describe in words that amazing feeling you get when you see your story in paperback form for the first time.
Next week I am going to have a little giveaway, too. 🙂 Details to come!
I hope you all have a good week. Happy writing/reading!
For the past year, my writing has been centered around my first and second novels. Editing, re-writing, adding, taking away, querying agents, researching publishing options, etc.
As much as I obviously LOVE my first two books, I can’t deny that I had really been missing that moment when you sit down at the computer, full of inspiration, and write a new story for the first time.
So, after some super stressed out (near-break down) kind of days (Most of which I created entirely by myself because I am a writer and thus, I have my neurotic moments.), I thought that it would be nice to take a little break and write something new – whatever my imagination was dying for me to write. And so I did.
It was so therapeutic and energizing that I wanted to share the experience on here if it might help a stressed out or somewhat uninspired writer.
I highly recommend that writers do this every so often. Yes, if you are in the midst of publishing/editing your work then of course that is most important thing, but sometimes you really do need a break from it. Artists need to always be creating something to do well. Writing down a new story is like taking a breath of fresh morning air.
I ended up just writing the equivalent of two pages, but the new piece brought new life into my veins. It was something I have wanted to write for ages, but I did not want to allow myself to pursue something new (When I have 3.5 books in the que for publishing – with 2.5 of those in need of serious editing/rewriting)!!).
But, really, I think a writer should give herself/himself permission to write something new. I took one night off from editing my soon to be published book and that was all I needed to keep me sane.
Just my two cents. 🙂
Do you agree or do you think that this could side track you too much from your current project?
Let me know your thoughts.
I was evaluating everything that I have written thus far. I have completed three novels (Well, my third one is pretty rough still, but complete nonetheless). And I have five other works in progress – some just barely started, others nearly halfway finished. Considering I only started seriously writing in April 2009, I am pretty happy about this. 🙂
My Completed Books:
By the Sword – YA Fantasy/Adventure
Possessed – Thriller/Horror
Ice – Fantasy
Now, what to do with them?
I admit, when I first completed By the Sword in the summer of 2009, I was sure that it would be whisked away by a publisher and in bookstores the following year. Then, I learned how much work and perseverance it takes to land an agent that will represent a manuscript to a publisher. I read up as much as I could about publishing, agents, query letter, and the works. I probably sent off at least one query letter everyday for the next year or so.
Then, I realised how much work By the Sword still needed, along with Possessed. I understood that they weren`t even ready to be seen yet.
As I edited some more, I started reading more and more about authors having great success with self publishing. After some careful thought, I have decided to self publish my three completed books. I am going to hire a great editor and then put them out there for the world to see when they are polished to (near) perfection.
Now, onto the editor search. If you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know!
Last summer, I queried agents like crazy. I literally sent out query letters at least twice per day, researching every fantasy/thriller/horror/paranormal literary agent out there. After receiving only one reply from an interested agent asking to read an excerpt of my book Possessed, I decided to take a break and figure out what was up. It`s freaking hard to write a query that will stand out in a busy agent`s slushpile. They do receive about one hundred queries per day usually. I needed to craft up a synopsis that gripped them with the very first words. But there was something else I was overlooking. Word count. I did not realize at the time how important the length of a book is. Adult fiction is genereally at least 80,000 words. Both of my books were in the young adult length at only 50,000.
After doing some research, I found that the 100% safe range is 81,000 to 89,000. Apparently some will accept your novel if it is at 71,000 words, but others will say it is not giving the readers enough story. Incidentally, fantasy books seem to longer and can be up to 120,000 words. Which is good news if you write longer stories. Bad news if your first draft is young adult length. So unless you are writing in the chick lit genre (Which usually moves faster and is a light read) or fantasy, stick with this gudieline. 🙂
80,000 – 89,999: Totally cool
90,000 – 99,999: Generally safe
70,000 – 79,999: Might be too short; probably all right
100,000 – 109,999: Might be too long; probably all right
Below 70,000: Too short
110,000 or above Too long
Sure, some people care more about craft and story telling than word count, but when you know that agents are being queried like crazy everyday, it is better to play by the rules rather than try to be an exception and get overlooked.
I am happy to say that I have been bulking up both of my novels. My fantasy novel By the Sword is at a solid 65,000 words now. Since last summer, that is an extra 15,000 words. I noticed that as I edited my book and added more to the story, my characters gained more depth and my story became less vague.
So, how about you? Any struggles with word count on your journey to publication?
Happy writing! 🙂