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Friday, September 18, 2009

An Everyday Work Day

Good Morning One & All,

It's Friday. For some that means weekend is right around the corner. Although, my husband is working part of Saturday, so Sunday will be his weekend. I appreciate that he is so responsible and loves me and my son so much that he wants to provide for us as best he can. Good traits in a man! In any case, for those of you that don't work on Saturdays, I hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy yourselves :-)

Last night I was doing some work on Conjure A Man. It's coming together and I'm really happy with the reconstruction. I'm beginning to think this is a more viable solution for the story and that it leaves options open to me that weren't there originally. So, as a writer, gotta love that. I plan to work on it more today.

Regina M. has the read the Prologue for Surreal and mentioned she had some comments for me. So, I'm looking forward to receiving that email to see if she says stuff that I had already thought of, or gives options that I hadn't considered. For now, I'm still playing with some ideas for Surreal. I probably need to go through and read it all the way through. I'm contemplating having the whole story be told from Monroe's point of view. I'm also thinking of getting rid of the first person present tense. But I haven't solidified either of those decisions, yet. My editor gave me some good edits that I've also taken into consideration. Gonna have to do more edits on this mss. Something might "click" while I'm working on it.

Next month I'll get to attend one last chapter meeting of RWA before I have to join. I'm going to join the RWA as soon as I can, then looking at joining the chapter in January. The workshop I'm attending towards the end of October is also sponsored by the chapter of the RWA that I want to join. Very excited.

There was a comment made about the title of The Complete Idiots Guide To Getting Published. Please, I beg you, do not let the title throw you. Sheree Bykofsky and Jennifer Basye Sander are both professionals in the book business--Sheree Bykofsky has a literary agency and has written nonfiction. Jennifer Basye Sander is an author and packager. They've both been in the business for a long time. They have several helpful hints and information that used in tandem with other materials can be helpful.

There's another good book out there with information for writers, Jeff Herman's Guide To Publishers, Editors, & Literary Agents (get the most up-to-date edition available, I have the 2009 edition). by Jeff Herman. I don't recall seeing information on writers' groups in it, but it's still a helpful book. A lot of information in that book, by the way.


Have A Fruitful Friday! ("Fruitful" as in getting a lot done :-) ).

2 comments:

Stephanie Faris said...

I need to check out that idiot's guide. Heck, I have no problem with the title! We all feel like idiots sometimes.

bethanyintexas said...

Stephanie,

LOL yeah. But it is a little "off-putting". Nobody wants to be called an idiot in most cases, but really the book isn't about someone being an idiot, it's about educating on the publishing business.