So, I set three targets and it’s not gone to plan…
Writing Goal: Finish Sky Heart
Originally finishing Sky Heart was my main goal for Camp NaNo. I always struggle with writing endings so I knew this wouldn’t be easy.
Kiely was a 2nd viewpoint in an early draft of book 2. In that draft Mariah was the MC but Kiely’s story took over. Then I cut all Kiely’s parts and made a new book in 2018 called Glide. In 2019, it was renamed Diamond in the Sky and I added to it but never finished it.
I opened the manuscript and had no idea what was going on. It has been too long. I’m lost.
Instead of working on the ending, I’ve had to start at the beginning, reading the whole manuscript and making notes. The good thing is I’ve already identified parts to improve which will help when I come to edit. I’m now up to chapter 10.
This book has always taken a back seat to book 1. As book 1 is with my editor I thought I could finally work on finishing this but I was wrong. As you’ll see below, Book 1 has demanded my attention.
Book 2 has been renamed Sky Heart and promptly put back in the back seat… maybe next month Kiely.
Publishing: Ocean Heart
I thought sending my novel off to my editor meant my job was done…
Very quickly I realised how much work I have to do to launch my book. As this is a priority, I adjusted my goals to continue working on Ocean Heart.
So far I have:
- Written a dedication.
- Researched & written my copyright statement.
- Researched covers in my genre to identify what I like or don’t and gather the details my cover designer needs.
- Planning for a Giveaway.
- Researching how to provide ARC copies.
- Attend my first ever meeting with my editor (this Thursday).
- Got feedback on my Blurb
Still to do:
- Finish the instructions for my cover designer so she can start work on my covers (eBook & Paperback). For this, I still need to finalise my blurb and decide on book sizing like trim, etc.
- Use the feedback to improve my blurb.
- Create a space for my Street Team to access exclusive content and be the first to know my news.
- Researching meta data
- So much more…
Reading Goal: Agent Undone (eBook)
I’ve now reached chapter 9. My little girl is demanding more attention from me now so I get less time to read on my phone during the day, which is when I read eBooks.
Reading Goal: Sea Witch (paperback)
After work I’ve felt too frazzled to do anything but watch rubbish on YouTube – I’m not proud of the time wasted on this.
When I have had energy, I’ve worked on my writing and got so into it that I had to go to bed after, with no time to read.
But, I have made some progress. I’m now up to chapter 19 (I was at chapter 4 at the start of July).
Learning Goal: Storyseller Academy
I’ve not even logged in. I’m desperate to make progress on this course but struggling to fit everything in.
I have done some learning as I’ve been researching things like Trim Size and Copyright statements.
But, this course is about successfully publishing your novel and I know it’s full of info that would be useful to me.
So, the next half of the month I’m going to make this a priority (after anything Ocean Heart related) and let go of Sky Heart for now.
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