I just completed the Editing phase of Blood for the Empress! Now onto Revision!
I know I usually write these late, but last night my legs were killing me from getting back into working out recently after the plague. Onto the revision of the first draft, which I will send to an editor and I get to turn to the second book. Which I realized I need to change the names around. The second book was called Tears of the Empress and the third was Wrath of the Empress. Since this trilogy has some grounding in the original Star Wars Trilogy–May the Fourth be with you–the two titles work better switching around.
Still don’t have a mock-up of the book titles yet. Cover design lady is doing her work. I will have something for the reader magnet soon though, I hope.
So made it through the first week. WOOT!
I have my draft zero of Blood for the Empress and going through it right now. I am half way done with it already. I am hoping that in the next week, I will have a document that I can send to an editor to get a pass on. And, depending how I feel, might even try an alpha reader or two.
I also have The Collector edited. I still need to do a revision on that as well. That I might send straight to a copy editor, not sure. Will think it over.
But, my big news of the week is that I won a contest put on with Joanna Penn and Lindsay Buroker. Both of them helped write a book with another two authors. Called American Demon Hunters: Sacrifice. I tried out for both the Skype session and the slot to be in the Marketing Science Fiction and Fantasy podcast. And I won the latter! I should be recording on March 23rd and then I will send out a link when it comes out. Really stoked to be part of that podcast as a guest. I will be probably be asking a ton of questions, though I might be able to shill my one book and the several serials I have tried to sell. We will see. And, I plan to talk about this challenge as well.
Anyway, I am off to dreamtime soon…
NOW, I know where I screwed up. My calendar was off, my internal one at least; this is the end of the first week.
Anyway, I didn’t get much writing done and I am starting to lag already. So I am going to head to bed. Not going to sleep, but going to leave the little writing hovel I have. Plus, I didn’t get that many words down. I think I am going to switch to editing mode and work on the first draft of The Collector and Blood for the Empress. The Collector is as I have stated earlier a reader magnet. So I want that finished up and ready to go very soon so I can start to generate some kind of buzz for my upcoming Empress Trilogy. I think the name fits what I am working on.
So, that means there might not be as many words written if any at all. But after a close edit of these two pieces, I will get busy on the revision of both and send it off to an editor and see where that goes, and start up on Tears of the Empress, though I do have some words on that already in their own file.
And looking at the day, I am wondering if I am off a day. Since I started this on a Monday…there we go fixed…
So, I was able to get a ton of words down. I have 22,000 words for Blood for the Empress. So, what will happen now is I will hit print on both Blood for the Empress and The Collector, a novella prequel that I am using as a reader magnet, and start to read them and mark the documents by hand with a red pen. And a notebook to keep track of any big passages that I need to write out. Then, I will take these revisions, do a re-write and send both to an editor and maybe a few alpha reader. And at the same time, start one Tears of the Empress.
So far, the challenge is going along and I am having a ball. And on the sickness front, I am feeling much better. Though tomorrow I also plan to push myself a little and try to do a long uphill walk.
So, I am lagging from the cold. Yet, I was able to get some words down. A bit over 3k I believe. Yes, just checked…3, 157 words today. It brings the total to 16,550 words for Blood for the Empress. It is really starting to come together. I also tried a trick for editing this time around. I like it, but I feel a weird constraint from it.
Usually, when it comes to editing, I print the sucker out and use a red pen. This time, for the first two chapters, I changed the font of the Scrivner doc and blew it up since I am a bit blind. It helped to some extent. But, I think that when I hit 20-25k I might actually print the thing out and go over the whole thing by hand. Yes, it might slow me down. But, I feel that will do something else for me. I can edit in the mornings and then when it comes to the writing sprints, I can start concentrating on book two. Which I have already started a few pages of, even come up with a title. Tears of the Empress.
The week is almost over. I have two more days before the next week begins and I have a 16.5k draft already. Granted, I need at least 75k for it to be a full novel, but that can be fixed as we go. I am still on week one and I think I’m doing great, even with the cold and slowing me down a bit.
I just made progress on Blood for the Empress! So far I’m 17% complete on the writing phase. 11 Weeks remain until the deadline.
Word count is 13,100! Woot!!
Blood for the Empress is moving along. I might be able to show you all a cover in the next few days if things go well. Can’t tell you any more than that for reasons.
Anyway, I am liking the title, loving where the novel is going so far and have even done some “plot gardening” for book two. This is pretty awesome. And nerve-wracking. The cold is still around. Fighting it as best I can with fluids and sleep when I can. The monumental task to write three books, and a novella reader magnet, in three months, is a bit daunting. Yet I know I have got this covered.
Plot gardening is explained in this vid by Chris.
A reader magnet is something some of you might have seen, or even used. You create a small novella, short story, heck sometimes a full-fledged novel. You then get together with a website that will send the story out for free. You advertise, use word fo mouth, whatever you want. And what it does, well suppose to do, is to get more people to come to your mailing address and from there, also spring those new or continuing readers into your novel’s world. Chris Fox wrote one for his new series, completely free. I am hoping to do the same with my own little story called The Collector. It hasn’t been finished yet. I keep working on the first of the series. I might take a day tomorrow or the weekend and finish it up. Then, back to the first book.
I just made progress on Blood for the Empress! So far I’m 13% complete on the writing phase. 11 Weeks remain until the deadline.
I was able to bang out a thousand words tonight. I had my third round of jury duty, which I will talk about later. But, I am also fighting a cold. I am ok for a bit, then get run down and can barely keep my eyes open. I might be done for tonight with only a thousand words done.
Going to take a break, maybe catch Agents of SHIELD. Might also just turn in and sleep. Having a cold sucks and it is even worse with this challenge looming over my head.