Scales and balances

21/02/2014 20:51

One plus, one minus, one uncertain…

The plus: I got the covers for Madcap Library 1 & 2 from Hannah, and they look fantastic. I want to do some work on getting the ebooks together this weekend!

The minus: rejection from the final agent that I submitted things to. I honestly don’t know where to go from here – it’s all very well to say “keep trying” but there are only a certain number of agents who take fantasy, and I’ve run out! – so I’m giving up.

The uncertain: one small publisher was interested in Green Sky, so I’ve emailed her again as a nudge. We’ll see.

Ho hum. Aren’t Friday nights fun?

 

NYR: January progress report

01/02/2014 14:42

It’s the 1st February, so time to revisit: how am I doing on my New Year’s Resolutions?

 

Goal 1: Finish Changing Winds Part 2 and, as a stretch goal, finish Empty Skies.

Finish Changing Winds Part 2: ongoing. I’m on 27,000 words with a complete outline and most chapters written, two sections to expand and one chapter to write, so January progress on this is good.

Finish Empty Skies: also ongoing. It’s 14,000 words and I have done some work on it, so I’m happy.

 

Goal 2: Finish re-writing Shadows (which is sort of a get-this-done-in-January aim) and re-write Ghosts to fit in with what is now happening in Shadows.

Hah, yeah. No. No work done at all. I can’t get into the right headset for it, so I haven’t pushed myself.

 

Goal 3: Madcap Library: get some pictures done (ok, maybe that translated as “nag my illustrator”) and self-publish at least the first few.

In progress! Hannah’s currently working on some covers for the first two collections, so this is going well.

 

Goal 4: Continue on the road to official publication.

I sent some letters to agents at the beginning of January, but nothing else has progressed so far. So, ongoing.

 

Goal 5. Stretch goals: finish some of my other writing.

Nope. But then I have been working on Greensky, so I’m not too worried.

New Year’s Resolutions

02/01/2014 16:43

I don’t usually do formal NYR – it’s either stuff I want to do anyway (so get on and do it!) or stuff I vaguely want to do so if I make it a formal resolution I’ll feel pressured and bad when I then decide not to do it…anyway, you get the idea.

 

But. I have this feeling that 2014 is going to bring a lot of changes (moving house and jobs for a start), and so I want to put some writing resolutions down. And I want to do them. So:

1. Finish Changing Winds Part 2 and, as a stretch goal, finish Empty Skies. Officially, this would be “Finish the Green Sky series” but as two of the books are still quite vague, I’m not going to commit myself to finishing them.

2. Finish re-writing Shadows (which is sort of a get-this-done-in-January aim) and re-write Ghosts to fit in with what is now happening in Shadows. Ideally, I want this done by Easter.

3. Madcap Library: get some pictures done (ok, maybe that translated as “nag my illustrator”) and self-publish at least the first few. Again, Easter is a nice goal for that.

4. Continue on the road to official publication. At the moment this consists of nagging Grimbold and sending out more letters, but I’m sure the to-do list will change as the year goes on.

5. And my stretch goals: finish some of my other writing. I’ve got Star’s Back and Connections to work on as full novels, as well as short stories to write for anything that looks interesting.

 

It’s all looking slightly possible at the moment, so I’d better get started!