Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Progress on My Book

Oddly enough; the more I look at this picture, the more I like it.
There’s a book that I’m working on that is ready for publishing; now comes the hard part—getting it published. Over the last month, I’ve completely finished editing my latest book. It’s ready to be sent out to publishers for review. I just about decided to go the self-publishing route, but decided to try publishers first. I’m going to document the process along the way. Hopefully that will help any first time publishing authors out there get an idea of the whole process from start to finish.

I guess I’ll make mention of the steps I’ve already took down the long road to getting a book published. First I wrote the book (no brainer. You’ve got to write a book for it to get published).

Then I edited the book (I went over it two or three times. The first time was an actual edit, cleaning up areas that needed to be changed, the second and third were more proofreads. I also had others go over the book).

Next I purchased a subscription to Writer’s Market.com. (Not an absolutely necessary step, but it was cheap, and they provide a great publishers database search engine. I want to find the right publishers to send this manuscript out to, and that was the easiest way to find them quickly.) I’ve had their book for years (and have been impressed with it) so decided to just get an online subscription instead of rebuying their updated copy every other year.

So no here I am. I’ve got a list of potential fits for my topic/genre and I’m going to be writing up query letters to them soon. I’ll keep you updated next time I make some progress there.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

This Baby of Ours

It’s been a while. Cove being our first child, I had no idea what I was in for. But I’m back to writing now. We’ve got somewhat of a schedule together, enough so that I think I want to start posting again. Just as a warning though, at the start, I may not be posting daily like I was before we had our baby. My schedule is still strained, but not so much that I can’t post once or twice a week.

First thing’s first. I wanted to give an update on this baby of ours. Cove has drained our life blood. (I was going to put, “has been a joy in our lives” which is true, but man he’s a little tyrant.) I don’t know that there’s a louder baby out there. He’s very vocal when he wants food or is uncomfortable. He’s given me and Nikki a run for our money, and we don’t know what we would have done if we both were not at home to take care of him. When it becomes too much for one of us, we just hand him off to mommy or daddy.

It hasn’t all been earsplittingly sleepless nights though; he has more cute sleepy and awake moments than bad. We’re happy with our new addition to our family and are looking forward to helping him along his path of life.

Work has been going well enough. I had quite a work load at the time of Cove’s birth. I was even editing a manuscript while I was in the hospital with Nikki and Cove. It’s slowed down a bit now though (which I wish it hadn’t since I’m finally freeing up some time).

I’ve finished editing my next book I’m going to try and get published. I was considering self-publishing for a while there, but I think before I go that route, I’m going to send it off to some publishers. I’ll make sure to blog about the process as it comes along.

That’s all the news I’ve got this time. Just wanted to fire off a warning shot, letting you know I’m going to be posting again. Till next time.

We’re a sleepy family

One of his many hysterical moments.

His super power? Morph Ball. I’m training him to be a galactic bounty hunter.