Spent part of today’s working time doing the math. I dunno why but it helps me break projects down into something that makes sense to me. Project A needs to be so long, which means taking my average word count on the sample chapters and figuring average per page divided by the final count to get my target page count. Are you lost yet? :dizzy:
Depending on how my sample chapters work out when I’m done tweaking, I’ll have my average page length per chapter. Not sure if I’m going to have 20 or 30 chapters at this point. Keeping the chapters shorter might work better for the action and pacing. That part of the math is still up in the air.
But I have a road map for Project A and I’ve done the numbers both ways (shorter chapters and longer). I have my synopsis. I’m good to go. Also, the ending is written. I’m whacky this way, I like to write the beginning, the ending, and key scenes in between. Good thing there’s no rule that says you have to write linear. Cut and paste lets you put everything where it belongs.
Projects B and C have short blurbs. Next step, synopsis and sample chapters. I have the beginnings of sample chapters for both, but I’ll need the full chapters not just my rough scenes. And C is a 3-novella anthology proposal so I’ll need to synopsize all three stories.
Oh, yes, and there’s this other book I’m working on, the con artist caper book with the fun cover. I did say I’d be busy. Beats being unemployed. 8)
It’s a good thing I’m not going to RT after all because I am going into full-on BUSY mode. I will need that time to produce! Secret Projects A, B and C are moving up to the top of the heap. Their time has come. Project A has been vetted by 4 test readers so I’m pretty confident in it. Project B has a like response and Project C, well, we’ll see. I’ll show it to somebody after I get more done on it.
Between those projects, the end of MLH, and another proposal that’s out there I’m going to have a Very Busy Summer. Starting, um, now.
The Trump University newsletter is chock full of goodies and today’s issue tackles self-promotion, particularly for artists. Good stuff! I really love the point that promoting your work can be a creative pursuit in itself in more than one way.
I’ve been messing around with my links again, and I added one to a Kiwi friend of mine who is a Bookcrosser. In fact, she was one of the first to buy the original Lulu print edition of Yule Be Mine and send it around the world via Bookcrossing. Bookcrossing, if you’ve never heard of it, is sort of like a worldwide collaborative library. Very neat thing. Anyway, you can visit FutureCat’s diary and Bookcrossing page via the blog link to see books that have legs. You might even discover some new reading material in the process.
Also, Stephanie Tyler’s blog is under Jake’s name because he insisted. Steph really needs to do something about Jake.
DOH! Edited to add if you want market news, get thee to Jordan’s. She’s got scoop on everybody. I want to highlight the Regency line which is launching under Cerridwen Press. Regency writers, there is a home for you! I’m very excited about the Blaze news, too.
Yule Be Mine has an ISBN and release date! Dec. 7, 2006, and ISBN 1-4199-0591-0. No cover yet, but hopefully soon. (OK, the cover is killing me because I’m told it’s done but I don’t get it until it’s been approved by everybody and we all know how patient I am. Picture me checking email obsessively waiting for the first glimpse of The Cover. Unless you’re ED, in which case rest assured I’m making sure that bartop sex scene is coherent and has all the body parts in the right places, angles, etc.)
The Gripping Beast was reviewed by Enchanted Ramblings. Six Magical Wands! Reviewer Astraea says, “This book was an incredibly fun and hot read. I’m not a fan of time travel, but Ms. Teglia won me over with this well-crafted story. From her descriptions to her captivating characters, you won’t want to put this story down for even a minute. I can’t even tell you how many times I laughed out loud and then checked to see if anyone noticed. Erik and Lorelei’s love story is one you’ll want to read over again.”
To follow up from yesterday’s ebook recommendations, Captive Dreams has been resold and will re-release in Sept. 06. I was curious so I looked up Diane Whiteside’s website to see if there was any info on it.