Archive for August, 2010

Yesterday I spent more time than I’d care to admit scouring writing forums looking for hard numbers from e-publishers on how many books they sell and what the average profit for an e-published book is. I also went in search of stories and experiences some of the authors of these publishing houses have shared.

In the end I really didn’t learn much. I’m still almost as in the dark about e-publishing companies as I was when I first started researching them.

What I did discover were long discussions dedicated to the subject of e-publishing.

While some people were whole-heartedly against the idea and, in my opinion, determined to believe all e-publishing houses are elaborate schemes to con authors out money, some people honestly back and supported this method of publication.

Many of the supporters had e-published themselves and had many positive things to say about the experience of publishing through and e-publishing company. They also all seemed to have at least one bad experience where they did more or less get conned.

The rest of the people on the forums and sights seemed to be people like me, confused.

As hard as the rest of the community on the forums tried to explain the process of e-publishing, the type of profits you should expect to see and what to look out for, it all seemed really vague and general. You know when someone speaks and sounds like their saying something that makes sense, or important, but when you dissect it nothing of value is really there? Well it was like that.

So I write to you today, in my confused and frustrated state, to find out if any of you have ever e-published a book and if you have, what was your experience like? Good, bad? Was it worth it? If you had to do it again would you go the traditional route?

I think I’ve pondered on this long enough, my poor pencil has been gnawed down to a nub…


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Okay, since I’m approximately 3 chapters away from the daunting task of editing/revision it has decided to worm its way around my almost “finished” story and take over my thoughts. Which is quite distracting when I’m trying to come up with a word to describe the agony my mc is experiencing and the only thing I can think is “I’ve used the word too many times. Do I really want to use it again? Afterall I’m just going to have to change it later.”

So as I struggle to focus long enough on my wip to finish it in order to tear it to pieces, I am also working on devising a plan on how to tackle my revisions. What’s sad is I’ve actually put more thought into my plan of editing attack than I did when I first started my novel. I wonder what that says about me?

Anyway, I’ve decided, so I’m not just hatching at words in the dark, to make of list of things to do. The first item on my list is read.

This may seem odd, but after I’m done writing my first draft, I’m going to use the “down time” to re-read some of my favorite authors and study the way the convey feelings without actually telling or voicing the emotion. In my first draft, I realized I ran out of ways to express surprise and horror, so these are things I’ll especially look out for. Also, I want to explore the way the senses are used and the way each individual’s writing either enhanced the story or detracted from it.

Second thing I’m going to do is make a list. After studying different works, I’m going to make a list of my favorite words, sensory devices and phrases and then make my own sentences, scenes, etc. using them. This way not only will I have an example I can look back on, but I can explore and come up with new phrases and sensory devices that work for me.

Third, I’m going to highlight all the repetitive language in my ms, I’m not going to edit yet, then I’m going to make a list of as many words as I can think of to replace them with. After I can’t think of anymore, I will consult the dictionary and thesarous.

Fourth item on the list, consult my notes. I made notes about most of the scenes as I wrote. I already know some of them need to be changed around and actually, I’ve changed the very last chapter of my book, so one chapter needs to be altered. I also have some chapters that need to be added, which means I need to make an outline for them.

After I’ve finished this, then I will begin the daunting task of reading my ms page by page in order to revise and edit.

How do you revise your ms? Do you make a plan or do you throw all caution to the wind and just dive in?

I guess I should go find my pencil, I still have three chapters to write afterall…

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I’m Back

I’m sorry for my long absence, I don’t know if there is anything I can say that will make it better, but let me just say the last week was filled with many ups and downs and in the end, the downs won out.

On a happier note, I am pleased to announce I am 3 1/2 chapters away from completing my first draft, which means I may actually meet my self-imposed deadline of finishing it by the end of this month. Hooray!

Then will begin the long and treacherous journey of editing…Actually, I’ve made a decent amount of notes along the way and actually already have ideas on how to fix some of the less-then workable aspects of my story. So I have a pretty good idea of what to keep, what to cut and what to add. It’s just doing it that will be the biggest problem…

I also plan on studying up a bit on my english skills to make my less then clever prose a little tighter as well as a little more clever…

So while I spend the week finishing up my final draft, I will also be trying to play catch-up with everyone. I apologize for neglecting you for so long, and I promise to read through every blog every one of you has written in my absence…or at least to visit your blog and comment on your most recent post.

Sorry again and I’ll be back tomorrow with another real post…that is if I can find my pencil…hmmm.

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So this is the day I answer the question provided by YA Highway, I know I haven’t answered one for the last few weeks, but last week they didn’t have one, and before that I couldn’t answer the question they had posted. This week’s question is a fun one though.

What does your main character hide in their underwear drawer-or other secret location?

Hmmm…this is a good question. Azrael is the Angel of Death so naturally he would hide a sketch he drew himself of his first love, alongside a magenta flower and a miniature rocking horse made of wood.  He may even have a Water Woo or two lurking somewhere.  One can always hope since they’re fun, magical creatures with a mischievous side.  Of course, Azrael doesn’t like them very much…

Tell me, what would your MC hide in their drawer?  A picture of a lost love, their favorite pair of pj’s, or maybe the head of that Barbie doll they took from their older sister? 

Hmmm…my pencil has gone missing again, perhaps I will find it in Azrael’s underwear drawer ;p

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Okay, really quick, head over to Amie Borst’s blog by either clicking on the link to the right of this blog or here and enter in her contest to win a query critique, a bag of dove chocolates (I can probably just stop here), and a new copy of Mocking Jay.

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I love music. If there was one thing in this world that could rival my passion for writing it would be music.

What I love most about being a writer…I get to listen to music all the time.

So the other day, while I was listening to music ;p, I decided to give my main character a theme song. One that would capture who he is and the struggles he is facing. So what did I choose?

Animal I Have Become by Three Days Grace. This song captures the very essence of my mc, Azrael, and the changes he goes through, both physically and emotionally.

Of course, after choosing a theme song for my mc, I decided I needed one for my leading female character.  She has her own issues to work out, so Azrael’s theme song doesn’t really suit her.  She also encompasses a little more hope than my mc, not much, but a little.  So her theme song is Never Too Late by Three Days Grace.

The theme songs really help give my characters another layer.  I could already see them clearly before, but the songs helped make them a little more real.  I can picture them listening to them, I can see the changes within them and the internal and external conflicts they deal with.  I can also hear the way they parallel one another and the two different worlds they come from, as well as the way the way view they world.

Do you listen to music when write?  Have you ever given your characters a theme song?  If you did what would it be?

Hmmm, now if I could find a theme song for my pencil…maybe it wouldn’t escape me so much ;p

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I would like to say thank you to lbdiamond at Diamond-Yup, like the stone, for presenting my humble blog with The blooming of and Idea Award and for

her kind words.  I would also like to share the links to the other blogs she mentioned,

AJ & Charli Bite Back and Shevi Arnold.  I took a look around these two blogs and found them fun and interesting in different ways.  So please check them out. 

Also, since I have received this award I have the pleasure of passing it on and recognizing either a fellow blogger or passing it on to two newbie’s (who have 50 followers or less).

So I have chosen:

Andrew Shattuck McBride

Cat Woods

Cassandra Jade in the Realm

I didn’t really follow the rules, lol, but these are three of my favorite blogs to read and I highly recommend them. 

Til next time, I’ll keep looking for my pencil and I hope you find yours ;p

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