This week was Wowsa! I got requests for not one but TWO full manuscripts! I’ll be spending this weekend formatting it per the publisher’s specs. On Monday, I was laying in bed half asleep thinking about how I’m supposed to be prepping for NaNo, but When Darkness Falls has such a hold on me, I’m having trouble letting go to work on another project. And suddenly, out of nowhere the novel *snickers* idea came to me… it’s only the 9th! I could FINISH it this month! It’s really pretty much all written, and needs just some transitional scenes (and two love scenes) to be complete. So I charged out of bed, and imported the manuscript into Scrivener and got to work with a full read-through, identifying areas that needed transitions on the Inspector section. That took two days. Now I’m hard at work addressing each point, and I’m really excited about it!!!
- October is NaNoWriMo Preparation month
- I’m taking a month-long class in October by Jessie Clever: Getting Results from Your Author Newsletter
- I’m taking a month-long class in October by ConvertKit: Launch An Online Business (actually geared toward bloggers, but also presumably can be helpful for novelists)
- I’m signed up for a Pitch Wars Webinar with Meg LaTorre-Snyder and Kaitlyn Johnson of the Corvisiero Literary Agency: Understanding World Building Essentials: How to Write the Perfect Fantasy Query and Synopsis
- Three Finished Manuscripts, ready to send:
- Wishes in a Bottle, 1st book of Wishes & Dreams 3-book series
- SwanSong; 1st book of Sons of the Desert 4-book series
- Castles in the Sand; 2nd book of Sons of the Desert
- One Finished Manuscript, but want to make some revisions:
- A Gift of Jacinth; 2nd book of Wishes & Dreams
- In-Progress Manuscripts:
- When Darkness Falls (about 95%)
- A Cat For Troy; 3rd book of Wishes & Dreams (about 50%)
- Currently outstanding:
- 6 queries to literary agents (Wishes in a Bottle)
- Proposal to Carina Press (When Darkness Falls)
- 2 queries to a publisher (SwanSong & Wishes in a Bottle)
- 2 full manuscripts by request to a publisher (SwanSong & Wishes in a Bottle)
Synopsis, Blurb & Pitch: All completed manuscripts have these done:
- Blurb/1-paragraph summation (for query letter)
- 2-page synopsis
- 5-10 page synopsis
- 1-sentence pitch (140 characters for Twitter pitch events)
THE WRITING PLAN:
- WHEN DARKNESS FALLS:
- Import to Scrivener. (Completed)
- Read-through and identify plot holes, places where transition is needed and scenes that are needed, and mark on the NC’s. (Completed)
- Fix above-noted issues and it will be FINISHED!!!
- Write Synopsis and submit to the Webinar (Completed)
- A GIFT OF JACINTH: Begin work on the revisions, tying it in more closely to the first and last books with more characterization on the secondary characters, and adding Remi from When Darkness Falls.
- Choose ONE of the below to prep for NaNoWriMo: That’s o-n-e, (1). 1. Being a single entity, unit, object. And NO that does not mean one series. Just one.
- MICHAEL’S QUEST (3rd book, Sons of the Desert
- BEHIND THE CLOUDS (spinoff, Sons of the Desert)
- INTO THE STORM (spinoff, Sons of the Desert
- Send Contest entries:
- A CAT FOR TROY? (still in the air)
- Write the blurb, pitch and synopses (2-pg and 10-pg) for the manuscripts currently in progress (low priority)
- A CAT FOR TROY (Done: Pitches x3, Blurb)
- WHEN DARKNESS FALLS (Done: Pitches x3; Blurb; 10-pg Synopsis)
- Send out another half dozen query letters; it’s been a good 8 weeks since I sent out the first round, and since most agents no longer send rejection letters if they’re not interested, I need to assume they’re not interested.
- A CAT FOR TROY is the 3rd book in Wishes & Dreams, and at 47,000 words it’s High Priority. I may possibly attempt finishing this the first half of NaNoWriMo
- I’ve identified three potential projects for NaNoWriMo this year: MICHAEL’S QUEST, the 3rd book in the Sons of the Desert series, BEHIND THE CLOUDS and INTO THE STORM, both spin-offs of the Sons of the Desert series. Unless something entirely new comes to me (“Please, God, no!”) (<– I never thought I’d ever be saying that in regards to my stories! hahaha!), I’ll be choosing one of these to work on.