Changing the Game

Okay… I might have stumbled upon a new path tonight. 

I had a meeting with a colleague of mine today (technically, he’s my high school English teacher/mentor, but since I’m a published author now, I like to go ahead and say we’re colleagues), and he came up with a really neat idea for a short book.  Well, I began writing it tonight and if I keep making the progress that I’ve made, then it could very well be ready for the first round of editing within a week or so.  

I want and NEED to get the sequel to Cemetery Tours finished, but I feel like I need to work on this while the drive is there.  Besides, if I can get this new short book done and in the editing room, then I can take that time to finish the sequel and when the sequel is being edited, I can be publishing this new book!  

I think this could work, guys.  It might mean pushing the sequel back by a month or so, but I don’t really have a fixed date anyway.  That’s the beauty of being your own boss.  I make my own deadlines.  Unfortunately, I’m a very flexible and easy-going boss, which could potentially mean I never get anything done, but I want this to work too much to not do anything ever.  

So yeah… that’s what’s going on in my fuzzy little brain right now. 

Also… Got ANOTHER review!  I think this one might be my favorite one yet!

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I scare the hell out of people, guys!!  Yay! 

Little Achievements

I actually got a lot done this weekend.  

I finished editing the book that I agreed to read!  It was my first real romance novel.  I mean, yeah, I’ve read almost every single one of Nicholas Sparks’ novels, but I kind of feel like they’re in their own genre.  This book was Beguiled by Laura Parker and it was a historical romance novel set in 1987.  If you’d like to find out more about it, you can check it out on GoodReads.  

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6317457-beguiled

I discovered that I really enjoyed editing.  I’m actually pretty good at it.  Don’t get me wrong, I still prefer writing but there are a lot worse ways to spend your time than being able to read while helping someone out at the same time!  Plus I got a free book out of it. 

I was given a week to read and complete the edits.  I’ll be honest, as much as I enjoyed reading the book, I did kind of feel like I was back in grad school.  Grad school is, above everything else, a LOT of reading assignments, at least if you’re a Humanities major.  I’ve never regretted my decision to go to grad school (though the mass of student loans that will probably follow me until the day I die might have me taking that back in the coming years).  This week, however, I realized that I’d probably advise anyone who wants to pursue an independent career, if they can, to go to grad school.  

For one thing, people take you WAY more seriously if you tell them you have a Master’s Degree.  Seriously, when I was an undergrad and told people I wanted to be a writer, they’d either laugh or ask, “But what do you want to do for a career?”  Once I got to grad school and told people I wanted to be a writer, they’d all ask what my plans were, what I wanted to write!  Suddenly you’re a cool, reasonable adult!  Also, it looks great on resumes and on your LinkedIn.   

“Oh, she has a Master’s Degree.  She must know what she’s doing.” 

Quick story: Once, my best friend and I were at a party hosted by her brother, one of my lawyer friends, and he invited us and all his lawyer and medical student friends.  We both agreed that being able to say that being able to say that we had Master’s Degrees in that crowd made all the schooling and papers and reading and torture worth it.  Even if it never gets me anywhere in life, at least I looked smart in that group of people!  

The greatest advantage I gained from grad school, however, is that I learned dedication, patience, and how to overcome intimidating obstacles.  It wasn’t as much what I learned in graduate school that helped me out as it was the skills I developed while learning.  Grad school takes everything you learned as an undergrad and forces you to question it all and look at it from a different perspective.  It’s really different from college and in my experience, a lot more useful, especially for an independent writer and publisher.  I learned to finish what I begin, to respect deadlines, and to not let self-doubt get the better of me, because it almost did during graduate school.  Then I read The Hunger Games and immediately felt like I could do anything, but you know, not everyone will be as lucky as I was to have Katniss Everdeen as a grad school ally.  

It’s funny.  All throughout college, I was the only one of my friends who had no intention of going on to grad school.  The only reason I applied was so I wouldn’t have to get a “real” job.  Maybe I should have postponed graduation a little longer…

Aside from finishing editing Beguiled, I also got to do a little photographer, but sadly those pictures are on my other computer.  I’ll share them eventually.  

Cemetery Tours also got another great review!

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It also surpassed 300 likes on Facebook!  Woo-hoo!  

https://www.facebook.com/CemeteryTours 

I think that might be all for now.  All I can really think about is how I am a mere three days away from attending the midnight premiere of CATCHING FIRE!  

Be jealous.  

Good night, all! 

 

Just Rolling Along

It’s a new week, and as usual, I am still learning, still writing, and still single.  

That last one was a joke.  Sort of.  

Anyway, as you all probably know, I like to keep this blog updated, even when I don’t have all that much to say, so here it goes.  

1.  I think I’ve found an image for cover of the Cemetery Tours sequel.  I’m still waiting for approval from my graphic designer, but I’m super excited about it.  I hope he likes it.    

2.  Upon finding said image, I have determined that I need to find cover designs for every single book I have in my head.  Needless to say, I wasted  spent a LOT of time on Shutterstock.com last night.  

3.  I’m still making progress on the CT sequel.  I’m halfway through chapter 12.  Hoping to finish first draft by the end of 2013, but I think I’ve already mentioned that.  

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My manuscript and my cat.

4.  Cemetery Tours is up to 8 reviews on Amazon, and 8 ratings (All 5 star!) and 3 reviews on GoodReads.  Here’s the latest from Amazon!  

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5.  I’m editing a book this week!  It’s important in this line of work to lend a helping hand.  Always be willing to read, edit, review fellow authors!  It’s a great way to build friendships, develop new skills, and network!  

6.  There’s an event on Facebook going on this month that is designed specifically for helping independent business owners/artists/whomever has a “like” page to meet other people and build their following.  It’s great!  This is the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/607484369298466/626990287347874/?notif_t=like

Thanks to this group, Cemetery Tours has gained 23 “likers” in one day!  

https://www.facebook.com/CemeteryTours 

7.  IN EXACTLY TEN DAYS I WILL BE GETTING READY FOR THE MIDNIGHT PREMIERE OF CATCHING FIRE!!!  

The Next Steps

I met with the woman who edited my manuscript today.  She was very encouraging, very optimistic, and God bless her, she edited all my grammar mistakes.  

im not sure if I mention this B4 but i not so good @ teh grammars.  

Okay, I’m not that bad, but I’m definitely not a grammar guru.  I don’t like admitting this to my friends since in high school, we had weekly quizzes on grammar so theoretically, I should know it.  Then, all of my college friends took grammar courses during undergrad but I was like, “No, I had enough of that in high school.  I already know grammar.  Blah, blah, blah…”

So yeah, I keep my lack of grammar-savvyness to myself.  

Anyway, my next steps are going to be to go back through my manuscript, work through her corrections and suggestions, and then give a revised copy to her so that she can give it to her friend so that she can look it over.  I think I might also send a copy to my friend who has self published a book (you can check out his website here: http://www.acapolitics.com).  

Well, until next time!  🙂