Get thyself ready, friends, for I am about to drop some updates upon thee.
Greyheart: I submitted a manuscript to an independent publisher a few weeks ago and got an email back the next day saying that the editors liked it and would like to work with me, attaching a contract to the email. So waking up to an email of that was… Pretty cool, to say the least. I found myself waiting for the first person I saw to throw this news at them. But after some consideration, I chose to decline the publisher. Though they would manage a lot of the book production in a much more professional manner than my self-publishing techniques, they take a share of the profits, they come up with pretty much all other text and material that isn’t the story itself, and they take a lot of the copyright and property of the work itself. Granted, they also provide real book signings, free copies, book trailers, posters, cards and author cards, which is also pretty cool.
But, call me crazy, I just don’t feel like giving up that much of the book to someone else, even as small as this “book” is. I like that I’m responsible for almost every aspect of it, and I’d like to keep it that way. It may not be presented in the traditional fashion, but I think that will also add to its quality. In a weird, not-making-any-sense sort of way.
Also, I hired a professional editor with the last of my book funds to look it over with a super critical eye one last time before final publication. He gave great subtle corrections that just make everything, I don’t know, flow better? I like.
Egypt Anthology: I found a publisher that is looking for submissions for a couple of anthologies, one of which is all about mummies and pharaohs and pyramids and stuff. It caught my eye, and I have penned a short story about a treasure hunter attempting to recover a pharaoh’s lost heirloom before a crazed museum owner collects on an old debt. It’s… Catchy. More humorous than usual, but… Catchy. I’m also submitting to a Dark Monster anthology, but, come on. That’s a given, right? Am I right, or am I right?
The 5th Element (working title): So the next project I started writing after Greyheart was awesome. It’s been on my mind for a long time and it was spanning into something incredible. But after five chapters in, I realized it started off totally wrong and it needed to be changed. So I started over. I have been feverishly writing away at it ever since, expanding the story dramatically, adding tons more characters, and having the plot make sense. Which is sort of important, you know?
That quote sums up how I feel about this book. Since working on it, I must say that I am extremely excited about it. I’m sure all author’s feel this way about their books, otherwise why write them? But I’m all giddy and not myself when I think of the powerful stuff that’s going to happen in it and how connected I am with all the characters. My room is quickly turning into an office littered with papers that help me keep track of the writing process. I have a page of every character’s name and who they are, a page of girl and guy names to draw from whenever I need one, the main story outline held together with paper clips, the chapter outline in a pile and spare paper if I need it. All of which is on my floor, hanging off my bookshelf, or all over my desk.
Writing Retreat: I am heading on a vacation to the mountains of Georgia in a few days and was planning on doing nothing but writing while I’m there. Sitting secluded in the quiet mountains, surrounded by lush bushes and within view of grand river. Ahhh… But now it’s looking as if there may be activities planned each day, so I’m not sure how much writing will actually get done. I will be regaling you with pictures of me rafting, biking, hiking and fishing, though. You’ve been warned.
In other news, I’ve been playing Pokemon so much lately that the music is stuck in my head. Not cool.