In the mind of a Writer

Archive for April, 2012

Requested Info from a Publisher

I checked my e-mail today and I received an e-mail from a representative of a publisher today. They requested some information so this is what I wrote down.

-Briefly describe the book you are working on.

My Book is called “The Whispering Path,” a paranormal thriller/drama.  Lucy Zine is a young woman trying to discover who she is; however she had a gift, she can communicate with ghosts. This is the beginning of her journey of how she uses her gift to relate to herself and others.

-When will you finish the manuscript?

I plan to have draft 3 finished by May 20th. I hope to have formatted by the beginning of June.

-How long is the work (approximate word count)?

Draft 1 was 132,000 words, and since I added a few extra scenes I would average it to be around 140,000-150,000 words.

-Do you plan to have color images in the interior?

I do not plan any of the interior to be in color.

-Is this a book for friends and family or do you have plans to position this in the major markets?

I hope to have major markets interested. I would really like to look into mainstream publishing.

-Are you committed to the success of your book? What things will you do to make your book a success?

I am willing to what I can to make my book as successful as possible.

-And finally, when would you like to have your new book in hand?

I have current have a proof copy of draft one, but I was not happy with the lack of set up. However I would love to have a professional copy as soon as I can finish editing it.

Quote

“The brush is not just …

“The brush is not just an extension of your hand, but it is a guide of the creator inside. You just need to allow yourself to let go of everything.” Lyric whispered in Lucy’s ear.

“The Whispering Path” by Rebekah Wolveire.
Lyric was explaining painting to Lucy; it’s my current favorite quote.

My Writings: Thoughts and Updates

I’m currently in a clean and edit mode so it’s hard to pull creative title out of that. Anyway, writing updates: I have gotten through 12 ½ out of 15 chapters on part 3. I hope to finish this part by Friday, so I am really trying my best to focus. I also hope to finish Part 4 by May 20th. I really need to twist some scene and add on Part 4. I want to have it ready for creative space by May 30th and post it on amazon.com as an e-mail by June 21st. (Because I have buy two proofs before I can get my five copies.)

I have a list of other projects I’ve want to work on/finish before Dec 31, 2012, so I will always stay busy.  (I will post the list later.)

I have a few issues that have just been gnawing at me.

First one, sprinting, I don’t know if it is just because people aren’t using the group anymore or if a certain people aren’t taking it as seriously as others. I just feel like sprinting is more of a work than fun anymore; it’s more work finding people. I can sprint by myself, but it is just not the same.

The other thing is that I am really discouraged. They had set up a writing chat on Sunday and I decided to go. They discussed a writer’s bio and intro as well how important editing is. If a reader can’t understand what is being read, then there is no point of writing it. However I cannot afford a professional editor and I can’t really get a job in my situation. (I have boyfriend who is disabled and I have spleen health issue in which I cannot lift over 20 pounds without serious pain.) The thing that really discouraged me was that when I went to the online conference, they made it seem that anyone who was determined enough could write, publish, and make money writing a novel. However what they didn’t say was anyone who was determined and had money to help polish and publish the book. I feel like I am hitting a glass ceiling. I have nothing against self-publishing, but I have always dreamt of being main-stream published. How do I do that? (I mean if at one point J.K. Rowling was homeless and then was able to be successful, then why can’t I?)

Something that I really need from writing buddies and my writing groups is how to deal with rejection instead of stating the obvious that money make money.