CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.
I did it! I made my goal for the week and have finished searching my ms. for ‘ly’ and ‘ing’ words. I sent the last 6 chapters to my editor last night. Now I will start with chapter one and implement her suggestions. I don’t have the completed manuscript from her yet, obviously, since I just sent her the last of it last night. But I am giving myself the remainder of this month and the first week of next month to finish. I am so excited.
Don’t forget my contest. Take a moment to give me your suggestions if you haven’t done so already. I will announce the winner tomorrow and keep you abreast of my continued edits.
My contest: I am adding two to three paragraphs to chapter one of my high fantasy to have a character interact with my heroine so that the reader will have a better sense of who she is. This character will only live in chapter one and can be any nationality or sex. Is a gifted pianist. Name the character, your name or a name you invent. Both first and last. Leave it in the comments through Monday Nov. 8, 2010. Prize: You will receive credit on my credit page and a voucher for a free e-book when it's published in December.
I almost forgot. I promised to answer a question last week.
Joan asked: Sounds like you've got a great plan going on. After these November revisions, will you be querying the project?
No. I have queried in the past. I have also pitched this manuscript to numerous editors and agents in person. I have had the manuscript requested and in every instance I have been told that “we love it, but it won’t fit.” The last time I had it requested I was very hopeful since I knew numerous writers in Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers had been published through this publisher. Imagine my distress when after two months I learned that they were no longer representing fantasy.
The fact is, that in today’s terrible economy, publishers are very limited in their funds. They are taking on less and less new writers. Unless you are writing a ‘hot’ topic like vampires, your chances are slim. So, encouraged by the success of numerous author friends, I am self publishing on kindle. I have read some blogs where established authors are no longer going through main stream publishers. They can control their work and make more money online. The publishing industry is changing my friends. I think this is good news for those of us who write. Still, we must maintain a professional quality. That is why I’ve hired an editor and why I paid for a professional book cover.
Thank you for your support.
Don’t forget to give your suggestions. Can you think of a name?