And back it goes…

| May 27, 2010

Edits done to the manuscript, and back it goes to the publisher. That was a fairly fast turnaround, but to be honest I’ve had trouble sleeping since it got back to me, so I’ve had my head down over the word processor (which promptly broke – thanks Word 2003 for corrupting your template file at […]

A harsh review

| May 26, 2010

In a change of topic, after a gentleman on a forum decided to shread some of my other work, I was asked why I took my work being picked apart so calmly. I replied that some of what they say is useful, and feedback whether good or bad is something to learn from.That’s not the […]

And the manuscript returns

| May 25, 2010

The first set of edits has come back. To my complete surprise and relief it wasn’t one huge block of red ink either. Better yet I agree with most of the changes, or at least can see why they were suggested.The corrections should be easily made. In general it is punctuation, but there are a […]

exploding lightbulbs

| May 19, 2010

Last night, at 3 am, we had a power surge. We know we had a power surge due to tell-tale clues, like exploding lightbulbs, fuse box shutting down completely and every circuit breaker and surge protector in the house tripping.If I sound not particularly upset it’s because my night then involved cleaning up, getting the […]

Progress on promos

| May 18, 2010

A very fast response, and I have a demo of a book trailer to review. At 20 seconds it’s not long, the concept is very simple, and it’s made with stock footage/audio so it’s cheap. We’ve got some time to revise it before the book comes out, but the basics are there. Best of all, […]

Marketing plan

| May 17, 2010

While I wait for the publisher to dot the i’s and cross the t’s so we can push ahead, I have a few things on the go:1) Finish another book – manuscript #4, although I have a few ideas drifting around for revisions to manuscript #2.2) Promotion. It’s a little early to start marketing the […]

Typical timing

| May 13, 2010

Since the company and publishing contract checks out, I’m taking the deal. The only problem is that, with typical terrible tirial timing, the printer died right after printing two copies of the contract meaning that I have no cover letter. It will take at least two days to get it fixed, so I’m sending the […]

Better late than never

| May 12, 2010

I had a nicely handwritten note from an agent arrive on my doorstep this morning.Now before you say that I should not have sent to a publisher until I had heard from all the agents I sent it out to, I will point out I sent the manuscript to this one in August 2009 and […]

Plants and flat sales and cats – oh my!

| May 11, 2010

Over Worked, Under Paid – Giclee PrintPatterson, Gary18 in. x 24 in.Buy at AllPosters.comFramed   Mounted (I couldn’t find one for busy, but this seemed appropriate)Part of yesterday was spent retrieving one moggie from a tree. It was her first time climbing one, and typically she got stuck. Even more typically, once the ladder was set up […]

Contract update

| May 9, 2010

I heard back about the publishing contract. There are issues that the Society of Authors check flagged up, a few of which I’d already spotted and several of which I hadn’t. Now I need to carefully compose a letter to go back to the publisher asking about these and suggesting a few alternatives.The secondary issue […]