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I’m Still Here!

I’m still here, y’all. πŸ˜€

I’m super busy editing. Yes. Still editing. It’s a very in depth edit & the biggest one yet. But it’s the last.

Well. Mostly. I’ll run through one last time and check for small technical things I may have missed. But this weekend I plan to hand it back off to some readers & get a little more feedback & such.

& I can’t wait! Mostly because I wanna get back to writing book 2 & I’m itching to start book 3, but this one is taking up all my time. For good reason though! – Gotta get this bad boy ready for publishing. πŸ˜‰β€

Alright. I’m gonna get back to it. Will talk to you guys soon!

Heather! πŸ˜€

This Is Where We Are!

Hey guys!

3 words to sum up my day! — Beach. Nap. Hulu. πŸ˜€

I wasn’t planning to edit tonight, but I’m really trying to finish this massive round of edits I’ve been working on, so I might. — A lot of sentence restructuring because I managed to write waaaaayyy too much passive action. — But! Every bit of the editing is worth it & we’ll get it done guys. πŸ™‚

Right now, I’m kicked back on the couch watching the Spring Baking Championship on Hulu. & as much as it pains me to trade that in for more tedious editing, I really should.

Writing, editing, promoting, marketing, and publishing a book is a lot of work guys. I never really thought much past writing it. But now that I’ve finished that… oh, boy. — It’s far more work than the writing ever was. That was the easy part!

Recently, I mentioned the book was loosely titled,Β Coming Home, but that it was an incredibly loose title because there are already over 35 books titled Coming Home. — That didn’t seem like a good idea.

So I spent some time mulling it over the other night and managed to nail down a book cover theme for the series. The exact book cover ideas for books 1 & 2. And! I have a completely different loose title for book 1 now. —Β Forgiving Annaleigh.Β It’s still subject to change. I won’t know for sure until we get closer. But for now, that’s where it’s at.

We’d already started on a book cover for book 1, but, I wasn’t all that happy with where it was going so I pumped the brakes on that to try & figure out where I we needed to go with it. — Now that’s done! So we’ll be diving back into that & getting to work on the covers for books 1 & 2.

As soon as I’ve finished editing book 1 for the 4th time around, which should be this week, I’ll jump back into book 2. — I’m roughly 20,000 words in & it shouldn’t take all that long to knock it out. — Then onto editing it. Oh, joy. πŸ˜‰

I’m just going to keep on keeping on. I’m trying to publish the first 3 books in the series this year. Fingers crossed guys!

I think it’ll get easier once I’ve completed the process from writing all the way to publication for book 1. Right now it’s all so new and everything is a learning curve.

Hang tight. It’s coming! πŸ™‚

Heather!

 

 

 

 

Edits, Covers, and Middle-earth Battles…

Few things!

I’m editing. Well, I have been all day. It’s tedious & exhausting. — I quit.

I’m kidding. I don’t quit. I just said it because I could. It was a lie. I apologize.

I have taken an editing break to map out book covers for a couple of hours. — I had a loose idea for the first book cover. We were sort of running with it, seeing where it was going. But I’m the most indecisive person in the world & I was just like, wait! Idk!

Book 1 is loosely titled, Coming Home. I say loosely because I’m indecisive, y’all.

I didn’t have a title when I wrote or finished it & thought it’d be hard to come up with one. And I literally typed my last sentence, got super excited, and then it hit me like a ton of bricks. — I had no idea what to title the thing. Not a clue.

I turned around to walk out the bedroom door and out of nowhere it just popped into my head. — Coming Home.

And I felt like it was sort of meant to be. Until I googled how many romances already have that title. — It’s a lot.

So I’ve been second guessing ever since. We’ll see what happens. I have a theme going with my titles. It’s another reason I feel the need to stick with it. — Anyhow, we’ll see.

Back to book covers! I had a loose idea, now I don’t know. I’m taking a quick step back to put serious thought into it. I didn’t before & it’s probably super important that I do. Yada yada.

Because it’s a series, they need to have some sort of the same vibe going on. — To clarify. It’s a series, but each novel is stand alone. — And there are at least, as of now, ten novels. — Get excited y’all! — But still. I need to plot this out better. And I’m working on that now.

This is all new and I’m learning as I go.Β  I will nail this. I will. Give me time. Contrary to what I said earlier. I do not quit. I will not surrender. — And now I want to watch The Two Towers… solely for the Helm’s Deep battle. — Got myself all psyched up for war. πŸ˜€

Literally, I may pop it in and watch it. — While I map out book covers.

So, current agenda:

  • Finish round 4 of edits on book 1 & send it back out for more feedback.
  • Continue working on book 2 as I go. — Still roughly around 20,000 words.
  • Figure out these darn book covers. So we can get the first one nailed down asap.
  • Take a deep breath.
  • Watch Lord of the Rings. — Because the last march of the Ents makes me feel like a champion & I could use a little of that right now. πŸ˜€

See y’all!
Heather.

 

 

 

Thanos… Or Editing? Oh My.

Dread it. Run from it. Destiny still arrives. — & no. Thanos isn’t coming.

This is an entirely different thing and it’s not coming for me, I’m coming for it!

What am I talking about, you wonder? Well.

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks working on my second novel. — I’m 20,000 words in.

The first novel, as some of you already know, is complete. I haven’t even looked at it in like 2 & a half weeks. — After editing it I was like, I can’t even look at this anymore. — And at the time my eyes were the only ones that had ever seen it in its entirety. — I was second-guessing everything and over-editing like you wouldn’t believe. Or maybe you would, I don’t know.

Anyhow. I sent it out for some feedback and now that I have some, I’m going to polish upΒ  a few things with that feedback in mind and run back through it again so that I can send it back out for a second round of feedback.

I haven’t laid eyes on it in a while. So one of two things will happen.

  • I will read it & decide it’s the best written piece of creative work mankind will ever see.

Or!!

  • Β I will read it & decide it’s the worst written piece of creative work mankind will ever see.

Cause y’all know there won’t be an ounce of wiggle room. We can only hope! πŸ˜‰

So that’s what I was referring to. I dread it, but there is no running from it. Destiny shall arrive! — Ah, oh well. It has to get done.

Y’all stick around. I’ll update you in a couple of days & let you know which way it went. I’ll either come on here all elated or a sobbing mess. — Okay, I won’t really be crying. But! dramatic effect guys, dramatic effect. (I have no idea what I’m talking about now. I’m kindly going to stop wasting your time.)

Heather! πŸ˜€

Another Update! :)

I should probably start numbering these or something. Idk! — What a bad blogger I am. πŸ˜‰

Anyhow. I’m roughly 11,000 words into my second novel. I’m having so much fun writing it! I spent five hours today with my fingers flying across the keyboard and wrote about 3500 words. — Just gonna keep going, full steam ahead.

Cover for book 1 still in the making. — Hold tight. It’s coming. — We’ll get there soon. πŸ™‚

I’ve gotten some various feedback from multiple folks on book 1. Going to do a few edits and add a couple of things and make some small adjustments to it later this week. — Also may write up the back cover summary/description later this week. — I’ve been putting it off because I got so sick of looking at that book after several rounds of edits that I thought it’d be a good idea to take a short break and keep my eyes off it for a bit. — It’s been a bit, so may do that. πŸ™‚

What else? My husband and I went on…. a book research trip? πŸ˜‰ Can I call it that? I mean technically it was vacation, but since we went to the mountains and I created a fictional mountain town based off our many mountain vacations over the years.. I feel like I can call it book research and pretend it was all in the name of work. — That’s a thing, right? πŸ˜‰

May upload some pics tomorrow or something for you guys. — We took plenty! πŸ™‚ — I was lazy and I didn’t write a thing while there. I did bust out the lap top for the return trip and write a little bit, so there’s that. — Well, technically I pulled my laptop out while there… but it was only to watch parks and rec while lounging around the cabin. — πŸ˜€

Anyhow. It’s midnight and I’m tired. — So off to bed I go! πŸ™‚

 

An Update, A Story, And Some Rambles…

Missing in Action! — That’d be me! πŸ˜‰

Seriously tho. I’m back! — Forgive me?

Mini Update: I finally finished the multiple edits I was working on! — Last Thursday. So, a week ago. — Lemme just tell you. Reading through your own work over & over & over… & over again… is tedious and not exactly a boon for self-confidence! πŸ˜‰ — By the time I was finished I was like I never want to look at this again. — But that was a week ago and I don’t feel so strongly now.

I’ve set it to the side and handed it off to several people to read for some general feedback and fresh eyes. — And while that’s going on I’ve started book 2! — Roughly 7,000 words in. Not too bad. — Gonna put the petal to the metal with it and knock it out as quickly as possible.

Also! — Book cover is in the works. (For book 1) — When it’s complete I will start promoting it much more heavily. — This is all very new and the whole process is a learn as I go sort of thing. So that’s what I’m doing. — One step at a time. — I’m sure when I hit this stage for book 2 everything will fly a bit faster because I will have done it before. — That always helps. — In fact, Book 2 is already progressing faster than the first one did. So there’s that!

Let’s see! What else can I tell you? — Oh. I had my first break down over this whole thing. — Story Time!! —

I handed it off for some people to read last Thursday. Friday night my husband and I had to run up to the grocery store and he ran in real quick to get something.

Well my Mom read it Thursday night and called Friday while we were on the way to the store. — She couldn’t really talk at the time so she didn’t say much about it. It’s not like she said, aye this sucks. She just said she finished it and then she had to go. — But oh boy.

After Jeremy hung up, I pulled into the parking lot, and he ran inside. And that’s about the time it hit me like a ton of bricks. — I started balling. Just sitting in the car sobbing.

It hit me that this was it. I never really thought past writing it. — You know people are going to read it and you know they’re going to judge it. But knowing that and knowing someone has actually read it and have now judged it… Well, that’s entirely different!\

It was at that moment I realized the reality of it all. I don’t just write books. I have to let people read them too. What a concept, right?Β  — It’s scary! — I was terrified, I’m still terrified. Y’all don’t even know. Or maybe you do!

My husband got back in the car and was like… Uhh… What is happening right now? — πŸ˜€ & can’t say as I blame him, I was not crying pretty like Carrie, okay? Those were ugly tears!

And when we got back home, I was better, but not great. Because before we left I was like, okay, I need to start book 2 while I get things done for book 1. I need to be doing things at all times. — And I got home and was like, no. Why bother? Book 1 may be the worst thing ever written, why bother with the second one? — It was so self-depreciating, y’all. I can’t even.

Ya know what I did though? I fired up my lap top and did it anyway! — I reminded myself that no one else’s thoughts or opinions have the power to define me or control my actions… unless I give it to them. Unless I let it. — So I started book 2.

There will be people who don’t like my work, just as there will be people who do. I know this. Knowing it and experiencing it will definitely be two completely different things. — As my break down in the car can attest to. — Thank God it was nighttime. That was a crowded parking lot. lol!

But I won’t quit. I’ll keep pushing. — I’ll fall apart. I’ll get fed up. I’ll get excited. I’ll succeed. I’ll fail. I’ll get tired. I’ll make progress. I’ll want to quit. I’ll want to keep going. — I’ll run the gamut of emotions and that’ll be okay. — I’ll come out on the other side. πŸ™‚

So there’s an update, a story, and some rambles! — Enjoy guys!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, This Is Exciting!

There’s nothing quite like seeing your entire 80,000+ word novel printed on paper. πŸ˜€. It’s kinda surreal & secretly I’m terrified!

I finished writing it like 2 weeks ago, but there’s a difference in typing the last words and holding it in your hands. ❀. Every day is one step closer. And I’m super excited! – Terrifed! But excited.

So now I’m going to mark all over this pretty paper so I can improve it even more for you guys.

Heather! 😊

Another Step Closer…

I finally finished the first round of editing. Tomorrow I’ll print the entire novel and start the run through on paper. — Just one step closer! πŸ™‚

I haven’t blogged the last two days. But again, I spend 10 to 12 hours a day in front of my computer editing and then by the time I’m finished I just want to relax. So I’ve been reading in my spare time, what little of it I have. — And not reading my own work, I’m sick of looking at it by the end of the day. πŸ˜‰

So I just wanted to fill you guys in on that, and now I’m going to kick back and do a little reading.

See you all later! πŸ™‚

S&S — Scatterbrained & Self-Publishing

Scatterbrained: — adjective. — (Of a person) disorganized and lacking in concentration. — Absentminded, forgetful, disorganized, unsystematic.Β 

This is me! Wanna know why?

Self-publishing. πŸ˜‰

Seriously though. When I first set out to write books, always sorta just assumed I would be answering to other people. Whether that be agents and editors, publishers and the like. I just assumed someone else would be calling the shots.

Guess who is calling the shots? Yep. That’d be me…. over here managing myself. — *points finger at self* — πŸ˜‰

There is so much to do. I sit down to do one thing and my brain is like, but you need to do this, this, that, this, and the other. And I’m like… Ahhhhhhh!

What I really need to do, for the moment, is focus on one piece of the puzzle without letting my mind wander about all the other pieces. Then work on one of the other pieces… all my focus on it, for the time I’ve carved out for it. And so on & so forth with the rest of the pieces.

While all that is incredibly overwhelming… I am super excited! A little terrified, a lot of scatterbrained, but super excited.

I know sometimes Indie authors are treated as second-rate. They’re judged through a different lens. A lot of people assume your work is no good if you self-publish. Which I believe is a common misconception. I’ve read a many a good self-published works, as well as not so good. I’ve also read a many of not so good traditionally published books, as I have good ones.

And I had a decision to make. Which road did I want to take? I’m a regular ol’ Robert Frost over here. I remember that poem. Had to memorize it in the 6th grade and recite it for the class. Couldn’t recite it now, but I remember its meaning clear as a bell.

I did research. — still doing research. I weighed pros and cons. I read what other authors had to say. I looked into what was required of me either way.

And do you know what? I chose a tough path for an introvert like myself. I chose to manage myself, to market myself, to push myself.

I’m someone who has always preferred to blend into the background. I’m quiet, I don’t say much — Okay, clearly a blogger can’t claim such a thing, but I just did it anyway. πŸ˜‰ — I keep to myself and tend to lurk more than converse.

But I chose a path where I have to put myself out there… and with that comes growth. Which is what’s so beautiful about it. There is a learning curve for everything and I am still finding my footing, and I will make mistakes along the way.

But I’m excited! And I’m exploring this brand new world that has become my life, and while it seems daunting some days… what’s up ahead of me is an adventure that will undoubtedly change my life in so many ways. — So, scatterbrainedΒ or not, I’m super excited guys! πŸ˜€

Heather!