Two weekends of writing on the second book and I’m over 6,000 words in. I’m happy with that progress. Actually, ecstatic. My blog url is “firstnovelblog” but now I’m working on the second. I think that’s ok since I’ve not published my first. If it ever gets published.
One more weekend of writing on the second novel and then back to the first. This will be the third edit on the first novel and preparation for beta readers. If I get any. Next weekend will be a four-day weekend. One day off, weekend + MLK day. I should get a bunch done.
I’m using Scrivener still. I take the time now to do a synopsis on every scene and list out the characters and word count. I feel more organized. Hopefully I learned something from my disorganized approach to the first book. Can’t wait for the iPad version of Scriv.
Right now I’m planning to spend a lot of time trying to get the first novel published traditionally vs self-published. I just don’t feel like an experienced enough writer to go the self-pub route. I’d like the help of an agent, etc.
The title of the first novel changed to match up better with the second. I like the new title. It’s a series.
That’s all for this weekend. I’m going to do some arpeggio work on my bass here before lunch and then head over to a meeting of my writer group this afternoon.
We can follow each other this year over at goodreads, if you like — https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/15719940-ty-roper
Atwood, Margaret The Handmaid’s Tale
Bell, Jason Scott The Art of War for Writers
Carson, Anne Decreation
Dafydd, Fflur Twenty Thousand Saints
Dashner, James The Death Cure (Mazerunner)
de Lint, Charles Dreams Underfoot
Didion, Joan Slouching Toward Bethlehem
Franzen, Jonathan Freedom
Gaiman, Neil Stardust
Gibson, William Neuromancer
Gladwell, Malcom Outliers
Hocking, Amanda Wake
Howey, Hugh Wool
Hugo, Richard The Triggering Town
Hyde, Catherine Ryan Funerals for Horses
Kidd, Sue Monk The Invention of Wings
King, Stephen Gunslinger (Dark Tower #1)
Kingsolver, Barbara The Bean Trees
Kinnell, Galway Body Rags
Levitin, Daniel This is your Brain on Music
Maas, Donald The Fire in Fiction
McCarthy, Cormac No Country for Old Men
Murakami, Haruki 1Q84
Niffenegger, Audrey The Time Traveler’s Wife
North, Phoebe Starglass
Novakovich, Josip The Fiction Writer’s Workshop
Olds, Sharon Stag’s Leap
Patterson, James Witch & Wizard
Plath, Sylvia Crossing the Water
Quinn/Rail/Ryan Writing Inside Out
Roth, Victoria Insurgents (done)
Rushdie, Salman Midnight Children
Sebold, Alice The Lovely Bones
Sedaris, David Me Talk Pretty One Day
Smith, Zadie White Teeth
Vonnegut, Kurt The Sirens of Titan
Wendig, Chuck Cormorant
Yallowitz Legends of Windemere (probably 3 books)
Yan, Mo The Garlic Ballads
Zusak, Marcus The Book Thief
This spring I want to get my novel out to some beta readers. Some have Kindles, so that’s easy, but many will require physical copies. What is the best/cheapest option for printing out the beta version of a book for beta readers? I’ve looked at blurb.com, fedexkinkos, bestbookprinting.com & diggypod.com. Suggestions from wordpress?
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