Friday, March 24, 2017

Another Update

1) Read through my beta swap partner's in-text feedback and make notes on the printout of the MS.

2) Make necessary changes to chapter 2 - the end.

3) Edit chapter 1.

4) Give feedback for 8 novel openings on Absolute Write. In progress. I'm up to 7 now.

5) Post updated opening to forum for feedback. Edit again based on responses. In progress. I posted the opening today. I've gotten two responses already, both absolutely ripping it to shreds. I'm going to give it another day or two to accumulate responses, and then it looks like I'll be doing a serious re-think and re-write of the opening for the rest of the month.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Have I Mentioned I Love Me a List?

1) Read through my beta swap partner's in-text feedback and make notes on the printout of the MS.

2) Make necessary changes to chapter 2 - the end. In progress. I'm 2/3 done.

3) Edit chapter 1. In progress. I'm done with scene 2 and am working on scene 1 now. I don't think I'm going to be able to cut 2,000 words from this chapter, though.

4) Give feedback for 8 novel openings on Absolute Write. In progress. I've done 4 so far.

5) Post updated opening to forum for feedback. Edit again based on responses.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Son of List-tastic

Another list of goals for the last ten days of March:

1) Read through my beta swap partner's in-text feedback and make notes on the printout of the MS.
In progress: I did the first third of the novel today

2) Make necessary changes to chapter 2 - the end.
I thought, based on comments on the first chapter, that there would be a ton of changes to make. Turns out that most her problems were with the opening scene; the other edits are very light. So I'm going to think of the edit in two chunks.

3) Edit chapter 1. Ruthlessly trim first scene. Chapter should get down to 5,000 words.
This will be the heavy edit.

4) Give feedback for 8 novel openings on Absolute Write.
I did 22 queries, so I'll get to 30 feedbacks by doing novel openings, in prep for step 5:

5) Post updated opening to forum for feedback. Edit again based on responses.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Plodding Along

I'm at 22 hours for the month so far.

The goal update:

1) Finish the revision. 

2) Spellcheck the MS.

3) Send it to my beta swap partner.

4) Work on my query.

5) Give feedback to ~30 queries posted on Absolute Write.  I'm at 22 queries and calling it good.

6) Submit my own query for feedback, and revise accordingly.  This could stand one more fiddle-- I think the last line could be punched up. But I'm laying it aside for now and will take another look in ~2 weeks when I start submitting.

7) Write a synopsis. UGH. I probably need two versions of this, since some agents want 1 page and some will give you up to 3. I took a look at the list of the first ten agents I plan to submit to, and the ones that want a synopsis all want 1-2 pages. So I decided working on the long synopsis wasn't the best use of my writing time right now. I have a full outline and it's 1/4 done, so if I suddenly needed it I could knock it off in a few hours. I finished the short synopsis and, as with the query, am letting it rest for now.

8) Make changes to Mender as needed based on beta swap partner feedback. In progress. I've printed out the latest draft and stapled the chapters together, and made notes on the first chapter. My plan is to make notes from the feedback on 1/3 of the book a day for the next three days, then evaluate where to go from there. I'm still hoping to be ready to start submitting by end of this month, but I don't want to skimp, particularly when it comes to fixing issues of representation.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Mid-Month Goal Update

1) Finish the revision. I might be able to do this today-- the edits needed on the last 13% of the book are very light.

2) Spellcheck the MS.

3) Send it to my beta swap partner.

4) Work on my query. I have a draft of one, but I know it will need a lot of work. Queries are a bitch.

5) Give feedback to ~30 queries posted on Absolute Write.--in progress. I've done 16 queries so far. I think I'm adjusting this goal to ~20.

6) Submit my own query for feedback, and revise accordingly. --in progress. I've made notes on all the feedback I got, and am halfway through revising it. I hope to be done with it tomorrow. Then I'll post the revision for more feedback, and probably fiddle with it a little more before calling it done.

7) Write a synopsis. UGH. I probably need two versions of this, since some agents want 1 page and some will give you up to 3. --in progress. I've done exercises to create an outline for the long version, and for the short version I'm following the template I used for the short version of the TOB synopsis. Short version is about 1/3 done; long version is about 1/10 done. My goal is to have both versions done by Monday.

8) Make changes to Mender as needed based on beta swap partner feedback.--planning to start this Monday. I've gotten the feedback from my swap partner and read through her e-mail of general comments. The meat of her feedback is in the in-text comments, though. Today I sent the most recent version of the MS to be printed so I can make notes on a hard copy.

Friday, March 10, 2017

March Goal Update

1) Finish the revision. I might be able to do this today-- the edits needed on the last 13% of the book are very light.

2) Spellcheck the MS.

3) Send it to my beta swap partner.

4) Work on my query. I have a draft of one, but I know it will need a lot of work. Queries are a bitch.

5) Give feedback to ~30 queries posted on Absolute Write. in progress. I've done about 12 so far.

6) Submit my own query for feedback, and revise accordingly. in progress. I just submitted the query today. I'll give it 2 days to accumulate responses, and then dive back into it.

7) Write a synopsis. UGH. I probably need two versions of this, since some agents want 1 page and some will give you up to 3.

8) Make changes to Mender as needed based on beta swap partner feedback.

I've worked for about 9 hours on the submission stuff so far, which puts me exactly on track for 30 hours for the month.

Things have been significantly less successful with part 2 of my goal. I did spent about 2.5 hours rereading the last draft of Eleven Names, but it was painful. To be honest, I am just not feeling the love for any project right now. And there is zero point to story building something you aren't super-psyched to work on. I'll see how I feel about it at the mid-month mark, but right now I'm thinking this "figure out what to write next" goal might have to wait for April.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

How I Love a List

1) Finish the revision. I might be able to do this today-- the edits needed on the last 13% of the book are very light.

2) Spellcheck the MS.

3) Send it to my beta swap partner.

It was a productive day yesterday!