Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Summer Is Over

I think I just need to admit to myself that I can't work over the summer. There, I've done it.

I always plan to get a lot of work done but then I get so busy with the kids nothing else gets done. Well, summer is over and it's back to regular hours, deadlines, and getting my writing done. I do work better with a deadline staring me down.

Soooo . . . I'm going to start posting my progress. I haven't wanted to do this because, truth be told, I'm just a slow writer. However, I'm going to try this and see if it can push me along. I have three books in various stages of completion but one is on the back burner until the other two are done. I plan to finish my current WIP (work in progress) by the end of October--I'm really going to have to rush it. Then with a month of revisions I'll be able to send it off to a professional editor before I submit it. (I won a drawing several months ago for a free edit of a manuscript but it has to be in before the end of the year.)

As soon as that is done I can work on the next book. Here's my big admission, *blush* the 2nd book is the sequel to The Mark. There are several reasons I've put it second:
  1. I need to complete a book before the end of the year in order to take advantage of the free edit job from Precision Editing. I'm very excited for their help.
  2. The book I'm working on is shorter so I think I can finish it faster.
  3. I would really like to work on improving my writing before I tackle the sequel. I do have an outline and have even started the writing but I think doing this book in between will help me nail down some improvements in style.
  4. There were a couple of storyline decisions I wanted to make before I started and I needed some thinking time to work those out. They are now worked out so I am ready to go as soon as I finish this other one.
You're welcome to come along with me on my push to finish. Feel free to egg me on any time.

See you at the finish line!


  1. OH GOSH GIRL *PUSH* Need to keep bugging you about finishing so you can work on the sequel...ME want the sequel - LOL :D

  2. Ha ha, YES. Exactly the motivation I needed. Have no fear, I'm typing away.

  3. Having personal insight into the book you're currently working on, I think it's a smart move. Your fans won't be disapointed! Keep writing.

  4. You can do it!
    Hey, I just decided to pop by and thank you again for your advice and insight on the publishing and writing business (I'm the girl that stopped and asked you about a million questions today at the Authorpalooza)! I really appreciate all of your enthusiasm and help.
    I hope I get the chance to see you at other events!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    Put it on Paper

  5. It was great to meet you Jessica, thanks for stopping by.

    Thanks Ben, I hope you're right.

  6. I think it's awesome you won a free editing job. That's super cool :) Anyways, keep up the good work and don't be a stranger!
    <3 Jessica

  7. I just finished The Mark today and can't wait for the next one! You are a very gifted writer and I loved THe Mark! Thank you!

  8. I wanted to drop by and say that my wife, daughter and I have read "The Mark" and enjoyed it. In fact, I know it is a good book when I don't see my wife for a day or so because she is curled up reading a book from cover to cover. :) As a fellow author, I know how hard it can be to write, so please accept this as my encouragement for you to keep it at. I, for one, can not wait to see what happens next.

  9. Thanks for the encouragement, and good luck to you.