I’ve been keeping up with my 4,000 words per weekend on Book 2! I joined a fun “30-Day Writing Challenge” on Facebook with my fellow Firebirds — in which we all write for a minimum of 30 minutes a day (you can dash off about 200-400 good words in 30 mins) — and it’s going great. (Perfect timing for me, with my looming deadlines.)
Anyway, I’m now 70,000 words in of a 100,000-word book. Lookin’ good for my deadline.
And meanwhile I’m going through all the copy edits for Book 1. (I’ve been doing Book 2 on weekends and Book 1 on weeknights.)
My agent, editor and I also came up with a series name for my community! It’s “Sandy Cove.” I quite like it for a variety of reasons, mainly because it has the same initials as the place it’ll be based on (San Clemente), maintains that “San” sound at the beginning, and it’s simple and evocative of place.
And guess what? I got my cover! My editor sent it via email while we were on vacation in NYC — and I was looking at it and responding to her and my agent while on the streets of New York City, with my scarf and coat and bustling about, and feeling very writerly, indeed! Totally surreal. … Continue reading →
Whew! So back to the trip … Day 7 began with our favorite continental breakfast. Yeah, this was at the weird hotel connected to a mall, but this continental breakfast, man — full-on omelet bar, delicious waffles, hot tea, great creamers … Continue reading →
So I’ve just sent out the new book for beta reads!
But, er … only half the book.
I have the best beta readers. Many have been with me since the very first manuscript, and they’ve meant the world to me with their support and encouragement. They give such thoughtful feedback, and make great corrections and suggestions.
And now they’re rising to the occasion again and indulging my newest request: to please read the book at only the halfway point!
Eeek. I hate giving anyone a manuscript that has no ending, but I realized I wasn’t going to have time to respond to beta suggestions if I wait until the book is done. If I’m lucky, I’ll have three weeks between finishing the book and turning it in to my publisher, so obviously I can’t send it out for five to ten beta reads and give them enough time to read it, then have time to respond to their comments or suggestions.
So they’re being kind enough to read at the halfway point and help me make sure I’m on the right track.
(And, of course, I’ll be thanking them all profusely in the acknowledgements!)
Life’s become kind of a crazy string of days wherein I’m trying to: write 4,000 words a week; write little snippets for a new author website; arrange for an author photo; write letters to famous authors requesting cover blurbs; set up a newsletter; order dear daughter’s senior pictures; order DD’s graduation announcements (yes, this early!); clean the house; do the bills; decorate for Halloween; plan dear son’s birthday; do laundry for four; prepare dinner for four every weeknight; plan a trip to NYC; send a Halloween care package for college boy; set up files for new book stuff coming in; keep up with my three blogs; co-run a book club; drive dear son and dear daughter to various high school things; work my full-time job; and say hi to my family once in awhile. …