Editing. It Begins
Posted by oneofthedragons
As you know–or should–it’s December now. The glamorous, grueling, and oftentimes godawful month of November and the month of writing like a madwoman are now over. I finished the month at JUST OVER 130,000 words, and my novel sits shiny at about 190,000, and exactly 500 pages. This is the longest thing I’ve ever written, and I’m very proud. It’s also the first original that I have ever finished, so I’m absolutely over the moon with pride and joy right now. It’s my baby. My own… my precioussss….
Ahem. Wrong story, ne?
I’m… extremely happy right now. Of course, my head is filled with the lofty, wistful dreams of a new author. I want to believe that this is the start of something beautiful. Now I shuttle it off to an agent, who gives it to a publisher, who prints my book. Soon I’ll see it on the shelves of every major bookstore and can pet the cover, starry eyed and replete.
Except it’s not that easy. I’m not a fool. The next few months are going to be longer than November in a lot of ways. There’s a process that must be respected. I have to give Achillea the proper amount of love and care. I have to make sure it’s just as shiny as it can be before I expect someone else to love Myen and Heike as much as I do. So for the time being, Achillea is in beta. I’m editing it and shuttling it off to my first beta. I know she’s busy and wants to take her time, that’s why I gave her part of it while I’m still working on it. I don’t imagine that we’ll see this published any time immediately soon, but I do promise to give it my best try. 😀
I will continue to update the blog for my part. My journey is far from complete. If you were to compare my writing career to a video game, I just made sure that I got all of the items I will need for my quest, but I haven’t even left the hometown yet. My novel is my Master Sword. I’m equipped. But really, the story is only beginning, and I have a long ways to travel before I win the game. Stay tuned!
P.S. If you want to help me in any way, the best way you can is to please add me on Twitter/Tumblr/Facebook, and share me with your friends. ^_^ I’ve actually been doing some reading, and your ‘potential reader base’ can make you more attractive to agents. If you have tons of followers and friends on social media, some agents will interpret that as ‘people who might read your book.’ If you do share our blog, I would truly appreciate it. Getting our feet off the ground is going to be the hardest part, and the wildfire that is social media and the internet is our best bet!
About oneofthedragonsSamantha K. Balk and F. R. Donaldson met on An Archive of Our Own, one of the many fanfiction sites online, when Sam asked Frankie to illustrate the fanfiction that would one day lead to Sam's first novel. They've been friends ever since! This blog was created as a way to share the oftentimes difficult journey any new author experiences on the uncomfortable quest of an introvert for attention to his or her most personal work. It is meant to remind you that authors don't just appear fully fledged like a George R. R. Martin, that all of us start out unsure and feeling inadequate. Feel free to ask us anything. Sam: firstname.lastname@example.org Frankie: email@example.com
Posted on December 2, 2014, in Information, Sam Updates, The Dead Pete Society and tagged Agent, author, Beta, books, Editing, NaNoWriMo, Publishing, vlog, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.