Sunday, December 15, 2013

Goodbye 2013 -- but with hope one of my darlings finds a home

I got one emailed out yesterday and will send out another one tomorrow. I have two others after that, which I plan to get out this week also. That leaves only one, which I intend to epub once I feel comfortable with the cover. Someone just used one so similar to my 2-year-old design, that I need to modify it some. If I intend to have print-on-demand paperbacks, then I'll need more. I'm leaning toward electronic only. Then back to writing!

One week later: Grrr. Don't you hate interruptions? I've had quite a few. Still working on it! 

Later in same week: Wow! It worked out! Done. Four out of five submitted to the one publisher. I'd pulled that first one back, fixed a couple of things and resubmitted it this week. Great people at Open Door Publishers! I then got 3 more ready and sent to them. That other one, with the cover issue I mentioned above, I haven't submitted yet, as I'm still deciding what to do with it. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Goodbye 2013

Well, the year is almost over. I had a goal to get at least one of my five novels published this year. No luck yet. Since I don't have any out at the moment, I doubt that is going to change unless I hurry up this week and am very, very lucky.

This year I've spent a lot of time fine-tuning and polishing three of my novels. Two mostly due to fighting Microsoft problems with Word, trying to get clean copies ready, again. Plus my first one to make layout modifications, so it is more palatable for the spoon-fed readers who can't accept something different, by breaking it into five parts (still one novel). There's an irritating attitude of "Follow a basic storyline or I come unglued!" That's not a quote, but it's the underlying message. Argh! A little grumpy? Me? Just a bit.

Yes, I listened to one acquaintance and reluctantly broke it into 5 parts. I wanted to tell her to do me a favor and read something else! Not to tell me to redo it to fit her preferences. She also wanted me to add lots of flowery descriptions. It's too long already, and everyone else who read it thought it was descriptive enough. (That person is not one of my followers, so her feelings won't be hurt. By the way, she loves the 50 Shades trilogy and would hate many of the classics.)

I'm currently re-reading Little Women, and it breaks a lot of current trends. It's still a great book.