Novel Publication – Phase 1

…first draft complete in 30days..five years to consider publication

This week I sent my final re-write of my first novel to my proof reader.  Now, on face value this doesn’t sound like a big deal. It is a big deal because I started the first draft of this story riding across the country by car with my daughter to Maine. I completed the first draft in 30 days during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It took me five years with help from my writers’ critique group, a professional editor, and several beta readers, to get this book in shape for a proof reader.

This is only one step towards the journey to publication. I went to classes on book covers, marketing your book, researched highways of the roads taken by my main character in the mid 1960s. Of course, clothing, automobiles, guns, restaurants, food choices, and hotels needed validation.

Warning: I learned early in my writing venture that even if you get an agent and an agent gets you a publishers, it can take from one to two years before your book is published.

The decision on the method of publication took me two years of agonizing research. The research and reading overwhelmed me:  traditional publishing and self-publishing, so many contracts with very fine print to read, talking to authors who published independently, talking to authors who retained agents, pitching my book, submitting it to publishers.  After much deliberation, I decided to become an ‘Indie Author.’

I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

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October 2015 Be Fearless: Take the NaNoWriMo Challenge

Ghosts, goblins, and pumpkins don’t fill my mind during October. It is the multiple ideas that come to me at odd times that need to be jotted down as potential book ideas for November’s National Novel Writing Month’s (NaNoWriMo). It is writing at its best. It is you, your ideas, and your imagination. Some WriMos (NaNoWriMo  participants) have an outline, some just write by the seat of their pants (better know as “pantsers”) all write for 30 days to attempt to achieve 50,000 words,

Now, there are doubters out there reading this blog saying it is not possible. Well, it is possible, with a little dedication and determination. The Office of Letters and Lights sponsors this world-wide annual event and helps all participants with tips, newsletters, and writing sprints for daily warm-ups. Sponsors of this writing celebration give authors several free 30 day trial options for new or standard writing tools.

 You can be a loner and write each day without talking to another writer or you can form a group of WriMos who meet and discuss their writing and write together. This event is for every level of writer.  You can take on the challenge and let your mind, heart, and muse echo the spirit of creativity.
Yes, I am a big fan. I have written four books in four years. Are they all published? Hell no, the revision process alone takes a year, and then there are the beta readers, editors, and proofreaders, Formatting for submission and much more, but if you want to write and you have a story to tell, jump in, and have the time of your creative life.
Now is the time for those of you who have been writing forever and have never participated in NaNoWriMo to jump start your imagination. Stimulate that rush of being on a roll as the words fall onto the screen or page.  Bring back the memories of wanting to do an all “nighter” because you can’t stop writing.
Go to nanowrimo.org and join with authors around the world and scribe. Link up with other creative types on the following links:
 Prepare! The challenge begins at midnight on November 1, 2015.
Write on!

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