Sorry for the Late Posting
Hope you’ve all had a wonderful President’s Day, relaxing, or playing, or whatever your choice was on this holiday. This has been a work day for me as I try to get through the latest edit on Separation of Faith. And that’s why I’m posting so late, rather than in the morning as I’ve been so good about doing for the last several weeks.
About 4:30 this afternoon, I finished the edit. The next step is to do a hard-copy read-through, because there are always things that leap off the page that can easily be overlooked on the computer monitor.
But the printing of the manuscript took some time. I was trying to be “green” by printing on both sides of the page, although my printer did a good job of interfering by grabbing more than one piece of paper with some regularity, which messed up the whole process. I managed to get the first 230 pages printed on both sides, then I gave in to frustration and did an old-fashioned one-sided print for the rest, hoping that the carbon footprint fairies won’t be too hard on me.
Once I finish this post, I’ll start reading a chapter or two of the printout. Tomorrow I’ll see how far I can go before I’ve had enough. Last Wednesday, an editorial manager from my publisher called, and we had a very helpful conversation about the things that must be accomplished in the edit, in order for me to earn the “Editor’s Choice” designation for this book. We’ll see soon enough how close I’m able to get, because I’m going to resubmit the manuscript by the end of this week, and another editorial review will then be forthcoming.
8th Free Cinnamon Serialized Issue
Because I originally planned to only release the first seven chapters, Chapter 8 needed more work than the rest. And I wouldn’t allow myself to start on that task today until the Separation of Faith edit was complete. Thus the late arrival. But you can now find the 8th Serialized Issue of Cinnamon at: http://www.filedby.com/author/cheri_laser/2721580/documents/26906231/.
This week I’ve been trying to catch up on my reading about the business of writing, and I came across an article that I thought might be of interest to a number of you. So many of your comments have dealt with the issue of where to find the time to finish a book, and this article is titled “Take Your Novel to the Finish Line,” by Lin Enger.
The first sub-heading says, “Write the Whole First Draft First–and Fast.” In that section, Ms. Enger writes:
How fast is fast, you ask? Depends on the writer … I wrote the first draft of my current manuscript in six months, an hour a day, five or six days a week. My objective was to write two pages each time I sat down, not so daunting a task once I absolved myself in advance for committing every writer’s sin there is, many times, in every session. If you do the same–if you dedicate yourself to writing without self-editing–you’ll be amazed at how soon that draft is finished …
I was particularly struck by the “hour a day, five or six days a week.” That’s a very manageable objective for just about all of us and, as I said in my recent post about my mini (netbook), those extra few minutes really add up.
You can find the entire article at: http://www.writersdigest.com/article/take-your-novel-to-the-finish-line/. Hope there’s something helpful in there for you.
If I have a minute this week, I’ll summarize some of the other highlights from my catch-up reading. There’s a lot more good stuff in there to share.
I haven’t had a chance yet to check my website or Amazon today. But the hits on this blog are now at 1131 (1081 last Monday). So, we’re slowing finding each other, and I’m really enjoying our conversations.
Have a great rest of the week!