I have been keeping busy lately working on my five books. I have finished my third book and sent out one query. I have cleaned up and sent out two more queries on my second book and I am getting ready to enter it in a contest. That reminds me I better keep up with that idea.
I have been reading up on Beta readers. It is difficult to get opinions on a book that is not ready to be published, it is also a daunting task to ask of anyone. I fortunately have found a non family member who read the book and gave a critique on five chapters, I have yet to pick up the MS so I am not sure of the gravity of the suggestions. She was a mystery, thriller genre reader and wasn’t ‘into’ my epic family saga but I appreciate the feedback.
I am considering hiring a freelance editor to read a portion of my first book. It can be very expensive, but reading is very time-consuming and the craft is well appreciated. My father was an English Teacher and I have the DNA but still, it is very daunting. I am still finding errors even after the fifth go around. Another problem is that hovering over the MS is not a good idea you can find words to change up until the publisher shuts you off.
This is a tough business, I don’t mind saying that it can be daunting. I do get plenty of support and encouragement to continue but it does weigh heavy on the mind. One peeve I have recently is the spam coming into my blog. I don’t mind it in a pan with onions and baked beans on the side, but not in my inbox. It is a constant reminder to the volumes of people who use the internet for every purpose. I am amongst them, just another pebble in the sand of life.
I am still reading as often as I can, in between writing and trying to perfect my craft. I am reading Winter King by Bernard Cromwell, I enjoy his stories and have kept up with his writing, I am looking forward to his next story.
In closing, I would like to thank those that have commented to the blog specifically and I would like to invite you to follow me on Twitter. @SNomakeo