I wanted to say thanks to all of you for your support last week after the loss of my pet. It really meant a lot to me and helped me get my head back in the game. Here's a snapshot of what's been going down writing and reading-wise:
Sunday: got my first newsletter out, which was a major endeavor but I was pleased with the end product. Also did some writing towards the third Gifts book: 863 words. It's easy to forget this is my main focus right now, since I'm working on a novella that's much closer to completion and is largely unrelated. It's just more satisfying to work on something closer to done. Plus this is an adult romance, and I find I'm kind of liking the freedom this gives me. And Lord, how I've missed 3rd POV. What is it about YA that almost demands 1st POV?
Monday: Editing/revising on Blake House. It's difficult to track the word count on days like this because I'm working with an essentially complete ms that just needs tweaking. Maybe it would be easier to count this project in hours rather than wc? Something to ponder.
Tuesday: Editing/revising on Blake House take 2. After revising and adding in a scene, I did a quick read through of the whole ms. I realized I'm over two-thirds there. Three-quarters, maybe even. I'm almost at 20,000 words and I've been aiming for a 25,000 word novella. I still have three major scenes I want to add, so the word count may wind up being more than that. The shocking thing was the realization that it's time to start thinking about launching this baby into the world. You know, the pre-launch: finding beta readers, a cover, profile it on Goodreads, plan some giveaways and blog announcements/stopovers, etc. The fun/ nervous stuff.
Wednesday: I started looking at cover artists pretty seriously and checked out a couple of other books/ authors I like to see how people are launching these days. Special plea: if you know of any good, reasonable cover artists you can recommend, I am in the market!!! Still have to go and get in some wc after posting this.
That's the week in Belle Lettres thus far; may the rest of it treat you well! -VK