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Update on Writing Progress

Morning, everyone!

I thought I’d give you all an update of what’s going on in my little writing world. Jumping right in, I’ll tell you that my tentative deadline is coming up at the end of August. I will be finishing up the fourth edit of my novel manuscript today and starting the fifth sometime this weekend or Monday. I am finding less and less to fix each time (which is ideal) and I am upping the amount of pages I edit a day with each subsequent editing session. Things are moving along. I am about 3/4 of the way through Zoe Winter’s bookSmart Self-Publishing: Becoming an Indie Author. GREAT book. You should all check it out if you are thinking about publishing independently.

As well, I’m about 70,000 words into the sequel to the novel I’m currently prepping for publishing. Last year, I wrote four manuscripts. This year, I’m not even done with my first, but I’ve been focusing so much on editing the first novel I wrote last year that it was hard to get more writing done. However, I have confidence that I can finish one manuscript, publish a novel, and at least get half-way through another manuscript by the end of 2012.

Things are getting really exciting in my writing life. I am going to achieve a life-long dream by the time fall rolls around (or at least by winter!), and I will hopefully be successful enough to keep pursuing my dreams full-time. It has been an exciting ride. My advice to anyone who is dreaming of becoming a published author and work full-time on their writing is this: make it a priority. Make sure you communicate fully just how important your writing is to your family, friends, and yourself. Start with an hour a day. Seriously, just sit down and write an hour a day and you’d be surprised how much work you can accomplish. Once you’ve got your hour down, start making a word-count goal for that hour. Once you’ve got that down, keep it going! Read about the craft, try different styles and exercises to strengthen your skills! Practice editing your own work to learn how to think objectively about your own writing. Dare to dream! But, also dare to make goals of your dreams. Typically, dreams remain in the clouds unless you put feet to them and bring them to earth as goals.

Get going! What are you waiting for? You can do it!

Working on anything exciting? I’d love to hear about your current writing escapades and goals!

Thanks for stopping by,

 

L.M.

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Developing a Plan

For many of us dreaming, pre-published authors out there, getting a book published would be on up there in the list of “life goals”. For those of us who are self-publishing through Amazon, Smashwords, or some other program, that dream is realizable. However, it is still work. In fact, it might possibly be more work than going the traditional route. When you’re writing on a shoestring budget (or no budget at all), you’re it. You’re the cover artist, you’re the editor, you’re the formatter, you’re the marketer…the list goes on an and on. Of course, for some the hope is that once they get published, they’ll be able to make enough of a profit to keep doing what they love and be able to hand some of the prep work batons off to someone else. I don’t know about you, but formatting MSWord documents for Kindle and Smashwords sounds a bit daunting. I’m fully prepared to give it a shot on my own, but that might be something that I’ll pass off to someone else one day. Maybe. We’ll see. 😉

Even if you end up loving every single aspect of prepping a book for indie publishing and want to end up doing it all yourself forever, there are methods that can help you maintain your sanity and put out excellent books.

Develop a plan. That’s right. If you never do anything else to help guide yourself along this path, start making a plan. This plan needs to include how you will handle editing, beta reading (if you will at all), cover art development, marketing, building up your reader platform, money you’re willing to spend to get your name out there, which publishing programs you will approach, formatting for those programs, etc. The list is much larger, but you get the idea. Having a plan for how you will tackle these things will be of great help to you in the long run. It may even save you some of the major headaches of not having thought about these things on down the road.

Is it possible to become a success without at least refreshing yourself on the aforementioned list? I don’t know. I’m not published yet. 😉 However, my goal is that I will be published before the end of 2012 and I, myself, am definitely making a plan.

Some resources I’ve been using to help me develop this plan are:

>>J.A. Konrath’s Newbie Guide to Publishing blog

>>Writer Unboxed

>>Amanda Hocking’s specific posts here and here

>>Zoe Winter’s: Smart Self-Publishing: Becoming an Indie Author

Sure there are countless other links I could give you, but these are the ones that I continue going back to over and over and over again! Check them out. I hope they will be helpful to you. For those of you who are going the traditional publishing route, I feel the advice is the same. Know what you want out of your writing career so that you are better able to communicate with agents, publishers, and editors. This is your dream, your passion! Be aware of how things are flowing in the writing world! Educating yourself on the art and craft of writing and selling your books, will be a huge help in your journey!

Thanks for stopping by! Go get yourself a plan! 🙂

 

~L.M.

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On Today’s Agenda…

I totally could have slept in today. Like, for reals. I am SO sleepy! I also had crazy weird dreams. I tend to have extremely vivid, insane, colorful, movie-like dreams. For the last few nights, they’ve been nightmares. Thankfully, last night’s was a tamer sort of dream, but I still woke up feeling a bit strange. Thankfully, whatever I dreamed, I must have gotten good rest because I got my 2,000 words done this morning in record time! It only took me an hour and a half vs. several hours. I am on a roll! What’s up next for the day?

1. Finish blogging

2. Maiedae work

3. Editing 20 more pages of my novel

4. Mandatory 30 minutes of reading

5. Lunch with the hubby

6. Martial Arts classes (Taekwondo and Hapkido)

7. Maybe tidy the house if I’m feeling ultra-productive

Yay for productivity! I hope you all have terrific days! P.S>–I am wishing my precious furry children a happy birthday. You should check it out.

~Thanks for stopping by,

L.M.

Dreams

This made me insanely happy…

I stumbled across this a couple of days ago. It immediately brought a smile to my face and took me back to my childhood. I watched Mister Rogers ALL THE TIME. This song just hits me where I live. 🙂 I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I think it will especially impact those of us who identify ourselves as creators.

Have a happy Monday night!

~L.M.