Monday, August 29, 2011
I can't say I'm thrilled about this. I have so little time now to write and I know this is just going to shave off more. And I'm going to miss those two little people who fill up almost every moment of my waking life. However, the husband and I took a look at our debt situation and the economic situation and it just doesn't make financial sense right now for me to stay home.
Oh well, at least I got four good years to be nothing but a mommy and an aspiring writer. I guess I'll just have to dust off my legal secretary cap, stick it on top of the other two and hope like heck it all works out.
Monday, August 22, 2011
After a year and a few months of revising and more revising and one phone call and some emails and A LOT of hoping I got the verdict from Jennifer Weltz of the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency and it's a no. Ms. Weltz was very helpful and very professional and I learned so much from my interaction with her and except for the end result wouldn't have changed a thing about the experience.
I'm struggling through a crisis of doubt right now, but I think I'm coming out the other side because I've already compiled a list of new agents to query and I spent last night dusting off my query and synopsis.
So back on the query-go-round for me. I can't say I'm delighted to be there, but it is what it is, so I might as well make the best of it.
On a lighter note, I'm reading Divergent by Veronica Roth and am LOVING it. If you like dystopian YA fiction with a lot of action and an edge this is the book for you. It's one of those books that I want to burn through to find out what happens as soon as possible, but I don't want to read it too fast because then it will be done. Happily, though, this is only book one of a trilogy, so I don't have to restrain myself too much.
How about you guys? Did any big news come your way since last Monday? Have you or are you reading any books you'd like to reccomend because heaven knows I'm always on the lookout for a good book.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Needless to say this will be a short one. Mostly I just wanted to tell Talli thanks again for giving me that great interview and for hanging out at my blog last Monday. I also wanted to say thanks to all of you who stopped by and read the interview. It was so great getting all of your comments. Lastly, I want to welcome all of you new followers. It's great to have you here!
Next week my post will be more focused and I'll put a bit more preparation than thirty seconds worth into it. Hope you all have a great week!
Monday, August 8, 2011
This week I have the immense pleasure of featuring an interview with Talli. For those of you who don't know (and those of you who do) Talli's first work of fiction The Hating Game was released on Kindle by Prospera Publishing last November and in paperback March of this year. Here's a handy dandy link if you want to buy it in paperback and another one if you want it on Kindle. Her second work of fiction Watching Willow Watts will be released on Kindle next month!
I was a wee bit curious about life post publication and thought some (or all) of you might be as well, so I rustled up some questions and Talli graciously agreed to answer them. With no further ado I give you the interview.
Q: Prior to The Hating Game you had two travel guides published under the name Marsha Moore? How was the publishing experience for The Hating Game different?
It wasn’t dramatically different, really, although I was much more nervous for The Hating Game to be published. Writing fiction felt more personal, even if it was under a pen name. I was terrified yet super excited to put it out there.
They definitely did, because I didn’t have to query. In fact, I didn’t even have the book written! I just pitched the synopsis and blurb to my editor, and I signed the contract on the strength of that information.
I was thrilled, because even though I enjoy writing non-fiction, fiction was really my dream. You can probably guess what Mr TR and I indulged in… it begins with W and ends with E!
Q:On your blog you mentioned working with an editor at Prospera. How closely did you work with the editor? Did he or she have a lot of suggestions? Was it difficult making changes to your manuscript based on someone else’s suggestions?
Q:What is the process from manuscript to a book the public can purchase? What decisions did you have to make in regards to layout, design, cover art, those sorts of things? Did you like that aspect of the process?
The process differs depending on the publisher, but generally a manuscript goes through several rounds of edits before it’s laid out. Once it’s laid out, the opportunities for changing text diminish greatly, because one change can throw the whole document out of whack!I love looking at covers! That’s one of my favourite parts of the process, actually, because it’s when you realize your book is going to be out there in the world! Luckily, my publisher and I worked together on lay-out and design, so I had quite a bit of input into what I wanted and what I thought worked. Most authors aren’t that fortunate.
Q:Was there any part of the publishing process that you disliked? What part did you enjoy most?
I can’t say I find the seemingly endless line edits that enjoyable! It’s so frustrating when you read something over and over and over, yet still find mistakes. The part I enjoy the most is when the manuscript is laid out because then it’s almost finished and actually looks like a book. Oh, and when you hold the book in your hands, of course. There’s nothing better.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Since completing my revisions on Seeds, I've had a bit of an issue with consistency. I'll sit down and in sort of a frenzy hammer out some edits on my WIP and then not touch it again for three or four days, sometimes, for as long as a week. I thought as long as I was doing something on it I was okay.
The above linked post changed all that. So for this week, my goal is to write/edit at least a little bit everyday on my WIP, even if it means (as it inevitably will) resisting the siren call of So You Think You Can Dance or True Blood or the unbelievably gripping books I've been reading about the fatal May 1996 expeditions to Everest.
How about you guys? Any life altering things come your way on the internet this weekend? Any big goals (writing or otherwise) for the week?