Editing can be the exciting discovery of the hidden gem buried deep within the pages of the first draft, a nightmare of re-writes as you search for that gem or any number of combinations of the two.
There’s always the chance that your gem isn’t buried too deep and a little work will have it shining through fairly quickly. Other times it can be a hard slog of digging through the mountain of pages restructuring and rewording to see if that gem even exists.
Editing is hard work no matter which scenario or combination your work falls into. And editing takes time, especially when you’re also juggling everything else life throws at you. You need a life right?
Being an Indie Author and part of the Indie Community means you have a lot of work to do as well as writing the stories you want to tell. There’s the promotion, marketing, platforms to build, other people to help if you can, readers to connect with, and the list goes on.
Suddenly the time you had when you wrote and edited your first book is gone. You no longer have the luxury to edit at your leisure and let ideas simmer in the recesses of your mind to come out when they are ready and hopefully improve your story.
There is an unseen force pushing to get everything done, including pre-promotion, which cannot and will not be ignored.
Currently I’m polishing my gem to see whether it’s a diamond in the rough or just another piece of broken glass.
Of course I’m hoping for a diamond.
I haven’t kept up with this blog as I promised. I’ve let far too many things slip over recent months.
Now I’ve got things pretty much under control and I’m back on track so I’ll be back here fortnightly, at the very least, starting from now. No more slacking off. No more feeling like I’m drowning in cyberspace.
So a new year, a new look to the Blog (which I’m still working on), a new look to the Facebook page and very soon a new book.
I will be back.
The writing is getting easier … Yahoo! The characters are finally starting to ‘talk’ to me and the writing is starting to flow which is such a huge relief. At times though there is so much going on in my head I have trouble getting it out quick enough which is frustrating.
As I mentioned before I have the cover sorted and, drumroll please … I have the title. You read right, the title is done but I’m not telling, not yet anyway.
I have been posting snippets of Book 2 on Facebook so why not pop on over and take a look in the notes section. You’ll also be able to see what else I’m up to and checkout the competitions I’m involved in with other Indie Authors where you can win some great prizes including copies of Ties That Bond. There are more competitions on the way too.
You can also click on these links for direct access to the following competitions:
Live right now is Say What? Savannah Mae’s HUGE giveaway – Say What? Savannah Mae
Live as of the 1st June and running until the 1st August is Tasha Gwartney’s EPIC giveaway http://bit.ly/11jMfz3
Hopefully I’ll see you on Facebook.
There is good news on book 2 – it is slowly taking shape. Now that everything seems to be sorting itself out for Mia and life seems to be settling down nicely, of course it’s not going to. Mia will be crossing over (if you haven’t read Ties That Bond that won’t make any sense) but the reasons behind it won’t be the ones she initially goes for. That’s the first real twist and the only thing I will say at this point.
At the moment I continue to drive the story and characters where I believe they should go but I am hopeful that they will take over and I will become a passenger on a fun filled ride again. I have spent time on other aspects of the book as well. Stuff my mind kept focussing on so I figured I should just do it and get it out of the way. So I have the cover sorted but the final title is still eluding me. I know it’s not important at this stage but it is something that occasionally demands my attention which is really annoying.
Of course I also need to spend time networking and marketing which is why I participated in Smashwords’ Read An E-Book Week not only providing Ties That Bond for free but also downloading other indie authors’ books. I have so many books to read now that it’s kind of silly but I wanted to take the opportunity to support fellow Smashwords’ authors and have made an unspoken commitment to review each one as I finish them. That’s given me more work to do but it is important. As a writer I need to read. As a reader I need to review, need to give feedback to those indie authors who spent so much of their time and effort into completing a novel or short story. As an indie author I need to support other indie authors.
Finally, as I mentioned in a previous post my Great Dane Buffy was diagnosed with bone cancer and I am continuing to document our journey at http://merilyn.tripawds.com/blog/. This is taking time away from writing but she is definitely worth it. So far she is doing really well.
So I guess to sum up – I can’t put Buffy on hold, like I would many other things so that I can write, I need to adjust to a new routine – Buffy, writing, book marketing, reading, reviewing, life in general. We’ll see how that goes.
Smashwords is promoting e-books with Read an E-book Week from the 3rd – 9th of March and there are many e-books including Ties That Bond that are part of the promotion. You will find a code on a book’s page that will let you know if it is 50%, 75% or 100% off at checkout.
Ties That Bond is 100% off for the week. Take this opportunity to download, if you haven’t already.
Also checkout Smashwords for other great books involved in this promotion. To download from Smashwords you need to become a member but membership is free, so what do you have to lose?
On the 17th of January my precious 7 ½ year old Great Dane, Buffy, was diagnosed with bone cancer. I’m not going to go into the details here but needless to say my mind has not been on my writing.
There have been ideas and bits of dialogue flitting around in my head and I am hoping soon to get it all down and to get back into the story – soon. It’s just that, right now, I have something far more important to do and that is whatever Buffy needs me to do.
From the moment we received that terrible diagnosis I have been researching the disease, treatments, medication side-effects, different nutritional needs, etc., and came across a site called Tripawds which is an on-line community of people and their pets who have, for one reason or another, lost a limb. It is a place to share stories, information and get support.
I have been (and will continue) documenting Buffy’s story. If you are interested you can find my blog on our journey at http://merilyn.tripawds.com/blog/.
When I was writing Ties That Bond my goal was simple – get the story out of my head and onto the computer. Many times during that process I really had no idea where the story was going, other than what had to happen at the end and no idea what was in store for a lot of the characters. I even found myself putting in little ideas that popped into my head just because they seemed good, fun or quirky and fit what was happening at the time, and then a few chapters later another idea would present itself and tie back to the first – those were magical moments.
A couple of my beta readers and then a few other people who have read the finished book have asked me if there is going to be a second book. My response is always pretty standard – could be, maybe, there’s a possibility, we’ll see, etc. It has been pointed out to me, more than once, that the characters never got the opportunity to cross-over (if you haven’t read the book that won’t make sense) and they’d love to see them do that. I did mention that the characters actually fought to stop that from happening but that hasn’t deterred the askers.
To be honest, up until that point I hadn’t really given it any thought what-so-ever. I’d finished the story that had been occupying my every waking moment and needed to focus on the task of publishing, getting it out there and marketing – big learning curve looming before me. I also did my best to ignore a pesky idea that looked (in my head) more like a movie than a book and had been annoying me during the editing process.
The original plan was to publish Ties That Bond and then return to a previous project that I still love but doesn’t quite work in its current form. I dumped that plan when I couldn’t, no matter how hard I tried to, get back into the heads of those characters. My next move was obvious – I needed a new plan.
After taking another look at the original last chapter of Ties That Bond, which I had decided wasn’t needed, I realised that with re-working it would make a nice chapter one of a second book. And some of the ideas from that ‘movie’ that still pops into my head at times might actually work as well. Maybe they were always meant to.
So I’m 5 chapters into book 2, which has a working title of ‘Ties That Bend’ with no idea where the story will go, other than a rough idea of the end, but I’m sure the characters will lead the way again. If they don’t I might just find myself up that proverbial creek with no paddle and a hole in my kayak.