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This Saturday I’m attending the Alberta Romance Writers Association Valentine’s Banquet. As one of four new(er) authors we will be sharing about our experience with the publishing industry.

So I was thinking about it. I’ve shared on Thursdays, especially back in the fall, the whole journey of writing/submitting etc that I’ve gone through. But if I had to sum it up in a few points, what would they be?

1. Write what you like/when you like. I’ve improved in my writing skills because I’ve been putting out a huge amount of words. But I’ve had very successful writing spats when I’ve had to sit and think for hours (driving…road trip…) and afterward the scene I’ve been pondering simply flies onto the page.

What works for me may not work for you but Nora Roberts is quoted as saying ‘I can edit a bad page, I can’t edit a blank page.’

So write. Lots.

2. Finish what you start. Until you write ‘The End’ you can’t start making the story better. You may struggle with a scene, and getting character motivation right, or whatever. Get it done, get it down. Then you can fight with the words to make it magical.

Having a lot of unfinished manuscripts, for me, is counter productive. I’ve noticed that the last half of most of my books is the strongest part. If I don’t finish I would -never- get to this part. Everytime I finish a book the start of the next one improves.

3. Get people to read your stuff. And I’m not talking people who say ‘Oh Wow, I loved it’, and that’s all. Doesn’t help. I want the dirt, I want mean, I want someone to say ‘That makes no sense’ or ‘Eughhhhh’ BEFORE I sell a story.

4. Submit. Yeah, it’s scary. No, the story isn’t perfect yet. If you’ve polished it up, submit it anyway. I am in the middle of revision on my cowboys- a story I really love but you know what? The suggestions from the publisher are making it move from a good story to a great one. I am so pleased! And once again, I’m learning a ton.

5. Have fun. There should be a thrill in you at some point while you’re writing, or you should try something else. When all of sudden I can see the characters interacting, read the story flowing on the page…it’s magical. It’s fun.

And oh so worth it!!

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Thursday Things

Waiting.

Waiting.

Waiting….

See a trend?

Currently have 3 manuscripts out in submissions and I’m… you know it. Waiting.

But I’m working too. I’ve realized that when you’re busy doing other things it’s not so tempting to continue to hit the in box every two minutes to see if there’s a response.

Yet. :)

My friend RC had a great idea that I think I’m going to copy. She’s start a list of 4 things to do each day with two bonus items. She works the list and at the end of the day what ever is not done moves up and continues the next day.

I know, it’s plain and simple and those are the plans that work. So I’ll be making my little list and settling down to getting more stories completed.

Since almost everything in the ‘finished’ pile seems to be at publishers right now….

OH!! For some excellent advice on how to get published go here.

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A Road trip and the light at the end of the tunnel

Drove 7 hours to visit family and take the kids to the Orthodontist.

Drove 7 hours to return.

Mused the entire time about writing. I think I’m onto something here.

The trip there I planned out the rough outline for a second book in the Naughty Aesop’s series- this one based on The Tortoise and the Hare. I got some neat ideas and managed not to forget them all by the time I arrived and could jot down some notes.

While I was there I worked some revisions on Wolf in Flight and thus the ride home my mind was trying to figure out how to finish the final strange balancing details. Did I have enough times early in the ms that I’d alluded to things that needed to happen later so I don’t have ‘magical’ solutions occurring? Things like that.

Well it turns out in seven hours you can pretty much find all the plot holes in not just one manuscript but in three- I have a bunch of things to add to Wolf in Flight plus I know what I want to revise in Rocky Mountain Heat. Plus the fledgling Aesop’s Fable now has a set beginning and end.

Once I write them down.

I may have to restrict myself from using the computer for a day, stew about scenes, and then have at her. It might turn out to be a more productive method!

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Thursday Things

Road to Publication

This past week I got to play in the wonderful world of submissions.

Every publisher seems to have their own little twists when it comes to what they want from writers. Submit the first three chapters seems to be a more standard request, but within that they want any or all of the following:

-each new point of view (POV) shown by using * or each new POV shown by using an extra space between paragraphs

-each new scene shown by ** or *** or ****

-synopsis of the story in 2-5 pages or a simple synopsis which I think I figured out to be less than a page

-a blurb (like the back of a book write up)

-writer info like name etc on the first page of the synopsis or on the first page of the three chapters or on the header, unless they don’t want a header or footer or page numbers.

-everyone seemed to want a page break at the end of each chapter. Yeah! No changes there!

So once I finish a story and edit it and clean it up and make it pretty I go back and for each publisher I want to sent something off to I work through THEIR checklist. .rtf? .doc?

Grin. They’re the boss, so I jump the hoops.

This week I got back a request for a full for one of the partials that I submitted. And that’s a good thing!

Little bit boring in the information this week but in a way fascinating. Every step I take makes me smile, especially as I figure out where in the world I stored the latest copy of whatever I just edited and saved in a new format!

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Making the story clearer

I’ve started revisions on Wolf in Flight. Again, yes, Anne was right. Too much back story by far at the start and thrown into the ms. (Grrrr, I love my editor….I guess.)

Sooo… inquiring minds want to know, how do you remove that stuff?

With a sharp knife and a lot of words!

Lol, I’ve revised chapter one. Consisted of removing the old first TWO chapters and writing an entirely new one. Because I realized as I started this project that I really DID have tons of backstory. Everywhere. In chapters one and two but also in three, four etc. I’ve been dropping info non stop in this story.

So instead of telling the info I’m trying to get back to the most important points. Who is the story about and what are they about? That’s where I’m working to solve the riddle of how to fix the problem.

Time will tell if it works…

Nowadays there is lot of unforeseen circumstance which force people to take remedies. You can order medicines directly your office. In these latter days the stock you can find in online pharmacy is actually high. Some medications are as a rule used to treat many types of bacteria, such as tonsillitis and infections of the throat. Other ones are used to treat diabetes. Cialis is a remedy used to treat divers afflictions. What do you have to know about cialis order online? Presently many families search for the exact keyword ordering cialis online on the Internet. Perhaps you already read something about it. Having erectile dysfunction can beyond doubt complicate romance. What can cause erectile malfunction? A row of psychological issues can produce erectile disfunction. What should you discuss with a physician before taking Cialis? Any treatment may cause dangerous side effects. Sometimes side effects can be actually dangerous. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your drug.

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