Thursday, September 22, 2005

Web site is up!

I bought the domain name so I could promote my book, The Kinshield Legacy. This was my first Flash MX project, so it's not fancy or anything, but take a look and tell me what you think. Once the book's cover is designed, I'll see about pulling in some images from that.

Oh and one more thing: only 1 week and 2 days until I leave for Viable Paradise! Woo HOOOOO!!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Turned in the manuscript

Late last night, I emailed the most up-do-date version of my manuscript to my editor, along with the dreaded, uh, I mean requested author's photo. From the production schedule, it looks like there are three books ahead of me to be edited, but I'm sure he'll get to mine fairly quickly.

Now comes the exciting part (as if the stuff up to now hasn't been exciting!): going through the editing phase! I guess it can be scary too, really; the book is my baby. I've worked hard to get it to where it is now, and I know the editor is going to want changes. But what kind of changes? Will he want me to remove whole subplots? We don't have time for me to rewrite the whole thing :) but I'm not going to try to fool myself into thinking it's perfect as is. I already know it's not.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Calling Dick Tracy

You know how it is when you have all these stories in your head and not enough time to write them all down? So you decide which one is calling to you the loudest and concentrate on that one. Then, when that's done, you can check your list and decide on the next novel to write.

Once I finished The Kinshield Legacy, I started on the sequel, The Wayfarer King. I realized that TKL might not make it, in which case writing the sequel would be pointless (except for practice and my own satisfaction). Seeing as I'm writing for publication, I developed a strategy: set TWK aside until TKL sold, and work on something else in the mean time. So I started on two novels, one a fantasy and one a science fiction. I'd even started workshopping them through the private critique group to which I belong, The Prose Nest, and on the OWW (

Hold everything!

Now that TKL has sold, do I pick up where I left off on TWK? Or do I come back to it later? For the answer, I turn to my publishing contract and read the option clause. My publisher has first right of publication on my next completed novel. Hmmm. It would make more sense to present the sequel to the book they're actually publishing, right? And if they decide not to publish it, I get back to the two others while I try to sell TWK elsewhere.