NaNoWriMo 2019 overview and other things

Hello all!

Has your family been sick lately?

Good grief, we’ve had a bout of sickness over here and FINALLY everyone (except me, of course) is feeling back to 100%.

First things, NaNo 2019!

It’s in the books, and yes, I completed all 50k words with about a 600 word pad before I cut  myself off and counted.

What does this mean?

This means that the book I’ve been working on for several years is now FOUR, yes, FOUR books. The publisher who is interested at some point in publishing this recommended I break the story into three, but as I went back and FINALLY started the process of breaking it up and adding bits here and there, it became quite apparent that it would break up  more easily into four instead of three.

This, of course, is a challenge all its own because now, instead of one 94k word book, I have four in the sub-50k range. I’m sure there is PLENTY to add to them because, let’s be real, it’s the first draft bones that I added in and not all the wonderful extras that actually make the story enjoyable to read. I’m fairly confident that with a bit of work, I’ll be able to flesh those out and have some really healthy books, unlike the rest of my family. Ha!

In other news, I am on my first OFFICIAL EDITING GIG, which is being the first copyeditor for Author’s Tale’s third anthology. So I’m getting lots of practice in first-round copyediting.

What is copyediting you ask?

It’s the really meticulous and not-in-any-way glamorous editing that a book goes through to be ready for print. This is finding every spelling, punctuation, grammar, and clarity error and then fixing them. It means reading the story sentence by sentence, phrase by phrase sometimes, and fixing all the little things.

But I am LOVING it!

Yes, that’s right. I’m nerdy and analytical enough to really enjoy that, especially when I catch things the second time through that I missed the first time. So far, I’ve finished two stories and am feeling pretty great about the whole experience and happy with  my editing confidence that is growing.

Of course, this all could change with the next two editors who point out A MILLION things I missed, but let’s hope not. They’re super nice anyway, so I am sure they would even go a little out of their way to make me feel better about the whole thing if I were to have glaring mistakes.

But, mistakes are how we learn, yes?

I expect that this project will take me at least to the end of the year as I somehow find the balance between writing and editing. My GOAL is to have a book NEARLY READY TO PUBLISH by the end of next year, which means tons of work for me. And, really, if I could have multiple books ready by the end of next year, that would be even better.

I will keep you updated and posted about my progress, which I suspect will take up a majority of future blog posts over here. As I get deeper into my writing, I find I have less time for in-depth blog posts, and really, blogs are kind of going the way of the dodo (shhh.. I didn’t say that), so I don’t feel as bad spending a little less time over here IN EXCHANGE for time dedicated to noveling, especially since I have an interested publisher.

You’ll certainly still find book reviews around here regularly, because I do love to read, but the rest of things will likely be much more about updating my progress and less about what I’ve been doing over the past two years.

So glad you’re here on this journey with  me and let’s hope we can crack something open in celebration at the end of next year!

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