To say that I’ve been busy is truly an understatement. I needed to finish reading my young adult book, which I did a few days ago. It has a couple of small fixes, but otherwise is sounding all right. Seeing that I’m so close to the work, that’s about the best opinion I can give you of its quality. Next step will be making the changes and sending it off to a freelance editor. Yay!
While I’ve been reading through the YA, I’ve also been writing/editing a book that I started in 2000. Yep! It was that long ago. Let me just say that I had no idea I was so melodramatic back in the day. LOL! I’m pretty sure I was going for soap opera of the year with this one.
That said, I decided to keep the feel of the book to show respect to the writer I used to be. I have tweaked, cut, edited and rewrote a ton of it. At this point, I’m not sure if I made it better or worse. I will start reading through it tomorrow. I’ve printed out the whole thing. It came in a little over 52K, which is a nice ebook length, I think. Hopefully it won’t take me more than a day to read through it. (Curse you, slow reading ability.) On Wednesday, I’ll type in whatever changes I make in the next editing stage, then I plan to format and put the book up. With any luck, all the above will be finished by late Wednesday/early Thursday. So look for my new book, Moonlight Kin: A Wolf’s Tale to hit the virtual shelves by this weekend. I’ll post the cover once I upload the book.
Speaking of this weekend, I will be attending a the Desert Dreams romance writer’s conference. Because I’m obviously glutting for punishment, I’ve made THREE (Yes, you read that right.) agent pitch appointments. I know a lot of authors work hard on their pitches. It’s understandable given that you only have ten minutes to convince an agent to request your book. I’m an oddball in that I’ve never pitched a book in my life. All my book deals have come from either contest wins or meeting editors and getting an invitation to submit. I really don’t know the first thing about pitching, so other than writing a quick blurb about the book on an index card, I probably won’t be doing a ‘typical’ pitch. To be honest, I’m more interested in how these agents approach the business, than I am about trying to boil my book down to a sentence or two. If we aren’t on the same page with how they do business, then sending in a partial (or a full) will waste their time and mine.
Yes, that is the voice of maturity and experience speaking. Blech!