It occurred to me the other day that this is a “Journey” blog, yet I never post To Do Lists or Progress Reports or What I’m Up To When I’m Not Eating Cupcakes posts. It’s been almost a year since I started this site and you guys don’t know how far I’ve come in that time. I say, “For shame!”
So here’s what I’ve been up to lately
when I’m not eating cupcakes:
- When I started this blog I had a handful of chapters written years ago and a few small journal pages of convoluted notes that hinted toward a general story idea. I had no title. I had no ending. I had no idea whether I wanted to traditionally- or self-publish. Frankly, I had no idea what I was doing.
- NOW, I am a handful of chapters away from being finished with my first novel. I have a title, Blood in the Paint, which I fully intend to self-publish. I have an ending (a doozy of an ending, if you ask me). I still don’t know what I’m doing though. Well, I’ve done a lot of exhaustive research on what to do, I just haven’t done it yet. But I will.
- I used to want to write a prologue. Then I found out that apparently prologues are the antichrist. No big deal. I drafted a prequel novella instead. Completed it a couple of months ago, just need to type it up (I wrote it in a notebook while hiding at work from the stupid bookstore people). That has a title, too: Blood in the Past. I also scheduled a February editing date with Red Adept Publishing’s editorial service.
- I started my own self-publishing press company, Blood Read Press (pronounced “red”), under which I’ll be publishing my novels. I’ve heard that reviewers and bookstores take you more seriously when your publisher isn’t “CreateSpace.” Go figure.
- I said novels, plural, because it’s a series now! And I already have ideas for the remaining installments.
- I have book covers already in the works! The magnificent Kit Foster is working on them and the first drafts look amazing. See that header up there? He did that!
- My prequel is slated for released in March 2013, with the novel to follow that Summer. Visit the My Books page to learn more about them. And leave your email here to be informed of their exact release dates and any related giveaways. I promise not to spam you. I swear on a sacred stack of cupcakes.
So that’s my deal. What’s yours?
I just finished the novel I started two years ago and am just starting the second in the series. As far as that…um..not sure yet.
Awesome! Is the first novel released already, or are you shopping it, or hogging it all to yourself…?
I’m going to shop it. Actually, I’m waiting to hear from a major publisher…
Oh great! Good luck!
Doing big things girly!!!
Hi Ava. I didn’t realize if you had your own publishing company the book stores will take your work more seriously. Thanks for that bit of info. I am working on a collection of short stories for children…and I am working on a book for healthy living. I hope they will both be released in 2013. I realize that these are two different genres, but I have a keen interest in both. I know that I will have to keep them seperated from each other. 🙂
Glad the info was helpful! Yes, childrens and health are definitely worlds apart, but it’s good to be versatile.
How exciting! You’ve done a lot in a year. Me? Started my blog this summer. Started my novel a little over a year ago but just now feel like I know where it’s going. 38000 words in. Next time I will plan better. It may be a series. We will see. Peace.
I’m definitely going to plan better next time. Not an outline, but a more complete idea at least, haha.
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I know what you mean about having a plan. Next novel for me … at least an outlined idea and not just a thought and summary. This time I started in the middle and then went back to find the beginning. Next time I’ll start at the beginning. HA. And I can’t wait for all the release news.
I started from the beginning and now I have to rewrite the beginning, haha.
You have done so well honey, I’m so pleased for you….and excited! 🙂
Thank you! Now there’s no turning back, huh?
Definitely not! 🙂