Last night, on the once-in-a-millenia date of 10/11/12, I submitted “Incandescence” to Harper-Voyager for consideration. Now, I’m not holding my breath (though I am totally praying my butt off) but it felt amazingly horrible and exhilarating to click that “Submit” button. I posted a milestone on my Facebook page and received the confirmation email shortly thereafter.
So the deed is done, man.
In the past few days, I added several vignettes to the story that I had not gotten around to writing for the first draft. They are gruesome. They are… just- wow. One deals with isolation, betrayal, and starvation. Another, with a child’s perspective of the horrors in the world (er… the ancient evil rising to the surface, not just mundane horrors). A third features a rebellious girl who dies screaming and a fourth shares a story eluded to by Alexander in another chapter.
Overall, I am pleased with how they turned out, but I could change things, certainly.
Plus, less than an hour after I hit submit, my dear sweet mother started reading the novel and found a typo in the prologue. Tend instead of Tent. How did I miss that when I read it outloud to myself?
C’est la vie.
The important thing, as my friend Ray and I were discussing, is that we took the plunge, we took a risk, took a chance… we did it.
What to take away from this post?
- My mother, who has never been much of a reader, is reading “Incandescence”.
- “Incandescence” has been submitted to a genuine publisher for consideration.
- Today I opened a (mostly) blank project in Scrivener to get ready for NaNoWriMo.
- The last four chapters I wrote for “Incandescence” are bloody and gruesome.
- Wrinkled Papaya is not a euphemism. (But it totally should be!)
And that my friends, is all for this morning. It’s Friday and it is time to work. Boo-hiss.
Love & Rainbows,
At last! I’ve found my groove with editing and I am cranking out the changes/fixes/tweaks like no body’s business. Its a wonderful feeling and as much as I occasionally loathe editing, seeing how just a few changes can make an enormous difference makes my heart thrill.
Can a heart thrill?
The point is that I am working again, and working it hard. Now what, you might ask, has motivated me at last? Sent me into fits of productivity that after months of stalling?
An open submission invitation from a major publisher. They’re calling for fantasy and sci-fi from unknown writers, accepting non-agented people, and all that jazz. This is just too good an opportunity to miss, so I must finish this last sweep of the novel ASAP! Like, within two weeks.
While also packing and moving.
And planning a wedding.
And preparing for NaNoWriMo.
And working full-time.
Not to mention two challenges I’m participating in (a 30 Day challenge to Deal with, Dump or Donate things I’ve been putting off and a 21 day eating-right/living-right challenge). And blogging. And gaming. And life…
But I can do it. I just have to really tweak my time management skills. So I’m really cramming editing in between calls at work, before work starts, after it ends, when I wake up in the middle of the night… if I’m breathing, I’m editing.
At least until this is done. Then… maybe a breath to finish planning Inferno and right back to typing til my fingers fall off.
Love & Rainbows,
P.S. Man, I need bacon.
I will not pretend to be any sort of expert on branding. I have been writing for years, but it is only in the past year or so that I have really started watching the self-pub and e-book world. It is a boom-town of first-timers, indie artists and veteran authors, incredibly gifted storytellers and those with much to learn. It is a brave new world where those with the fortitude and determination enough to see it through, can find success in the writing world without corporate sponsorship.
It is, quite frankly, an exciting time to be a creative writer. There is opportunity everywhere!
This is not to say that it is an easy path. Gosh, no. In fact, in some ways, it seems like it is more work, more difficult, than being a ‘published’ author twenty years ago. If you’re looking to succeed now, not only are you responsible for writing your piece, and often editing it (or finding editors to do it for you), marketing it, acquiring a suitable cover, publicizing it, and so on and so forth.
Thus, in addition to trying to meet my daily/weekly/monthly/project-based writing goals, I am also struggling to build a brand. No – in all honesty, at this point, I am just trying to figure out how to build a brand. How to make www.penelopeprice.net more visible, how to set-up and begin using Twitter, to run a Facebook page, how to get my novels (once completed!) onto Amazon and/or Smashwords, how to attract good reviews and lots of sales.
Thankfully, I am not alone in this endeavor. Not only do I have the illustrious, brilliant, magnificent Jack Morgan, but I have found several communities of wonderful folks on Facebook and around the web who are supportive, knowledgeable, helpful and basically – amazing.
Still, its a daunting thing to consider. Especially when trying to balance a day job, family life, a social life, and all manner of other responsibilities. I am exhausted just thinking about all I have to do.
So on that note, I sign off and return to editing “Incandescence”, my current WIP.
Love & Rainbows,