Although I’ve been minimizing the impact of my impending move in previous posts, I’m here to report that this is being written at five-thirty in the morning because I’m surrounded by boxes and haven’t had time for anything except a few comments since last Fridayl (This is now Wednesday).
But my new office (where I’m sitting in the dark at the moment because all of my lamps are still packed) will be a lovely and inspirational place to proceed with the steps in my Journey from Publishing Obscurity. So I’m thankful for that blessing and for the knowledge that, in another week, all these boxes will be gone.
- The first seven chapters of the original version of Cinnamon are now ready for the free serialization. At first I thought I’d release eight chapters, but there seemed to be a better breaking point at the end of #7. Next, as soon as possible after Thanksgiving, I need to figure out the best way to upload the chapters (one per week) so that interested/curious readers can easily download them. My goal was to announce the serialization by December 1, and I think that target is still possible. Stay tuned for the announcement.
- All but one of my beta readers for Separation of Faith have finished the manuscript and have completed the questionnaire I gave them. Their incredibly valuable input has highlighted a few areas that either need tweaking or a little more development. This has been quite interesting for me, because several issues they pointed out clearly stem from my paranoia about writing another novel that’s too long. In my last edit before giving the book to the betas, I actually cut out a bunch of stuff that now needs to be put back in. So, I guess the lesson to be learned here is that we need to tell our stories the way we instinctively feel they need to be told, and then wait for a publishing professional to tell us when/where something needs to be cut. With my beta readers’ input in my head, I will now perform one more edit on Separation of Faith, which I anticipate will take me about two weeks.
- Then I’ll submit the manuscript to iUniverse, where the book will immediately enter a professional editorial process that will take another two or three weeks. While that process is ongoing, I’ll go back to the re-edit of Cinnamon, which actually does need to be cut. My goal will be to have that job completed by the time the Editorial Evaluation on Separation of Faith is returned to me. There will most likely be the need for one additional edit on the new book when I receive that report.
- Consequently, my objective of having both books released by April 2010 is probably going to slip a little but should still be feasible within the second quarter. I’d rather take a little longer and make certain that the products I’m putting out there represent my absolute best effort.
One way I’ve been meeting a lot of you is by surfing around to find writers blogging on topics that line up in some form with what I’m trying to do here. But the surfing process takes a lot of time, and the move to my new place has consumed that slot of late. By the beginning of next week, I should be able to start actively surfing again, and I’m looking forward to getting back to that part of this plan, which has introduced me to so many wonderful writers out there, who are struggling along the same path.
- 568 hits on this blog as of a minute ago. Last posting was 409. So, I guess that’s not too bad, considering the fact that I haven’t been doing anything to drive the number up since the end of last week. One thing is certain about the social media element of this Journey from Publishing Obscurity: No one is going to come looking for us. We have to be out there every single day, finding and talking to people. And on those days when we don’t give anything, we’re probably not going to get anything either.
- The numbers for both my website and Cinnamon on Amazon have been fairly static since the last posting, although Amazon got a little worse … 😦 … But again, I haven’t been doing anything that would compel readers to go there. Hopefully, the release of Cinnamon’s free serialization will produce a positive change in both of these stats.
With all my heart, I wish a happy, peaceful, and safe Thanksgiving holiday to everyone reached by my words. And I pray that blessings will begin to flow on those less fortunate among us, including those whose idea of a move is from one shelter to another on a good day, or from one bridge or underpass on a day that’s not so good. Lots of families with children are falling prey to this plague in our present economic crisis, and we need to keep them in our hearts, prayers, and volunteer commitments as we celebrate with gratitude all the gifts we’ve been given in our own lives.
And when I complain about the boxes stacked like highrises throughout my house, I need to remind myself that there are people out there who actually live in these things. That visual sort of puts a whole new perspective on Thanksgiving, doesn’t it?
Peace and love.