The blog has had little attention of late – preoccupied with family matters. But I managed to fit in some of the usual action – working towards publication of the first novel of a family saga series, writing, learning, reading, meeting friends, walking, melting in the heat. Fortunately not affected by the fires apart from intermittent smoke pall. Thoughts are with those who have lost so much.
Editing: Almost half-way through what is to be the final edit of Book One – Past imperfect. Making few and minor changes only.
Writing: Focussed on front and back matter for Past imperfect. Hadn’t given this serious thought before, but getting there. Still need to clarify permissions for several quotes. I’m hoping two are now in the public domain, but it’s a challenge to confirm that. Intending to publish first with Smashwords and then investigate the others.
Starting to gather plot ideas for the fourth, probably final book in the series. No title yet but the main characters will be familiar from previous books. One focus will be on international adoptions with Australia as the main setting. And of course the African connections will be maintained.
I’m hoping to work in parallel on non-fiction topics through 2013.
Book cover: Totally delighted with first draft for the Past imperfect cover and the designer’s proposals for the others. The master design will be modified for the next two or three books to reflect differences in location and content focus.
Pen name: I’ve been dallying over a pen-name for my fiction writing for a while and have eventually settled on Winfreda Donald. There is a story to that choice which I’ve included in the back matter for Past imperfect.
Colleagues / friends: One Writer’s Group friend, Nene Davies is featuring her work on The Next Big Thing today and her first novel Distance is to be e-published by an Australian publisher around May. You can visit Nene’s blog at www.nenedavies.com. Sara, another Group friend is almost ready to submit a manuscript to a publisher. Good luck Nene and Sara.
#1. I’ve been tagged for The Next Big Thing next week – looking forward to circulating that next Tuesday, 22nd January.
#2. Am working my way intensively through an online ProWriter course How to find readers and market your novel, devised by Joanna Penn and C J Lyons. I barrelled into it but you can choose to work on the content at any pace. For me it is terrific value as it provides a useful framework to all my random internet searches seeking ideas for marketing e-books. The material, blending as it does the experience of a multi-book author with that of a newer author on the block, is very practical and both presenters are generous with ideas, clearly oriented to a business approach to their work and emphasising the ethical with it all. They provide much support material and reference other writers as well.
I will be a little slow to get going, but now feel mentally if not technologically prepared to market Past imperfect when it is ready. Hopefully late next month.
You can tap into information on http://www.thecreativepenn.com/marketyourbook/. It works for me as a newbie on the scene but I think some established indie authors could gain benefit as well. Thank-you Joanna and CJ.
#3. I joined Romance Writers Australia and am impressed by the wide range of information and the support available to members. When I’ve finalised Past imperfect activities, my first port of call will be to seek a critique partner (or two) as I work on the next edit of Present tense, the second book of the saga series.
It feels like a positive start to 2013. Best wishes to all.