I feel like I’m on the home stretch with Wishes in a Bottle. I’m almost up to the second wish (which scene is already written) and the third wish comes hard on the heels of that. I’m hoping… *really* hoping! …to have it finished by this Friday. Which is both exciting and scary.
I do have A Plan for once it’s finished. I’m slotting one week to research publishers and literary agents. I mean to submit to agents, but I want to educate myself which publishing houses might be interested (I already have a few ideas, just from who publishes some of the books I like to read). Anyway… I’ll spent a week researching and making a “short list” of agents, prioritized. While I’m doing that, I’ll also be working on the synopsis; I already have the blurb and query letter. I’m taking Laurie Sanders’ class on Literary Marketing Package.. .which is where I got the blurb and query letter worked up. So the timing of this class is exactly perfect! Then…submit.
Once that’s off to the first round of agents, I’ll pull out the second book in the series, A Gift of Jacinth, which actually is already written, and insert some changes I’ve got in mind, as well as incorporate some of the feedback I got from judges from contests. I’m also adding in a couple of cameo appearances from a Djinn character from When Darkness Falls… a totally different novel set in fantasy setting medieval times, but it’ll be a blast to have him show up in Jacinth’s story.
From there, it depends on timing. I have the third and last book in the series, A Cat For Troy, half done… but When Darkness Falls is SO close to being finished, and I very badly want to finish that. So that’s up in the air for now, and I’ll make the decision when I get the edits on Jacinth done. Also I’m keeping in mind that NaNoWriMo is in November. I’m too close to finished on When Darkness Falls to want to work on it for NaNo… but it would be perfect to finish A Cat For Troy, if I haven’t gotten to it by then. I don’t even dare DREAM that I might have BOTH of those finished by NaNo!!!! OMG. Not that I dont have anything else to write on, because I do, but … OMG to have the entire 3-book series finished, PLUS When Darkness Falls, is just… too awesome to contemplate.
I need to think up a suitable reward for that particular milestone.