Hi all. I turned in book two and Megan accepted it, so YAY! On to book three. I’m in this odd world between having sold and actually holding the book. FATED doesn’t come out until February. So am I published? Pre-published? I’m in the published author’s network, so I’m going with published. I mean, I’ve held the cover. That counts, right?
I’m learning that being published means a lot more that having had a book accepted. It means social networking. A phrase that honestly gives me chills. Twitter, facebook, loops…so many people out there. People comment about everything. And I’m rather quiet. I know without question that nobody out there could possibly care what I had for breakfast. (Coffee). So what do you post? Today is Monday, the kids are heading to school, so I thought I’d catalogue time spent writing/working/networking.
Big Tone went to work early today. I started the day with arguing with a telemarketer who wouldn’t tell me who he was working for or why he was calling. Seriously. Then I woke the kids up for school. Jumped on twitter – tweeted something, then dove into my email. Two writing buddies asked my opinion on their chapters, I gave it, then posted the lesson for a class I’m teaching for the FF&P Push to PRO event – my class is about the beginning of a novel, chapter 1, the hook. Then I checked my College email – three students have turned in assignments early via email. A publisher would love these gals! I teach on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the college, so Monday, Wednesday and Fridays are supposed to be spent on writing.
I drove (I’m the carpool bus this week) several kids to school (two of them mine) and returned home to warm up my coffee. I thought about drafting the BRAVA blog that’s due on Friday, but instead I’m jumping back into DEMI. My agent is waiting for it. It’s the first book in a trilogy about demigods and the battle between good/evil and all that good stuff. It’s also the first book I ever wrote (in Dec 09/Jan 10) – and has been rewritten four times. But I’m there now. I think I’ve got it. Now I just need to layer and smooth it out before sending it to Caitlin. So, after dropping off the kids and warming up my coffee, I checked out slushpile hell today and giggled. http://slushpilehell.tumblr.com/post/1196500445
Then I scanned a couple of blogs—two agents and three of my writing pals. Made a couple of comments. Checked twitter. Then I turned off the internet. Well, I didn’t turn it off. I just clicked it away. For one hour. During that hour (turned into two hours) I edited four chapters on DEMI, taking my critique partner Jennifer Dorough’s comments into account. Apparently most women do not commit burglary dressed in cashmere sweaters. Who knew. 🙂 I checked email and twitter, made some comments and then shut off the internet for another hour. That hour turned into three…and it was time to pick up the kids. But I edited five more chapters…so I’m getting there.