Another two weeks has passed, it’s becoming a pattern these two week intervals between blogs. I shot an e-mail off to the publisher for a progress report. My MS is being formatted and I need to give them more time to get through the proofread, and then I will get the proofs in the post.
But, I’m not waiting, I forge on. My Tea Room novel is growing by leaps and bounds, but I have hit a few snags. Timeline errors and my plan for the book has shifted somewhat. Originally, I wanted to get into the mind of my main character and look at the world from her limited POV. I have drifted away from that and now I need to reassess my reason for writing this story. How does she exist? How does she get through her days? This is coming from a twenty-first century woman trying to understand a seventeenth century woman. Are we that much different?
By the way, I am reading a book (audio) Rise of Empire by Michael J. Sullivan, I am thoroughly enjoying the second book in the series the Riyira Revelations. It’s an epic fantasy and very well written and amusing. I thought I would add that into the mix.
Anyway, I am working hard and not being distracted by outside influences. It seems to be working for me. This blog is my story of how I got to where I am. Last year at this time; I was entering contests, writing short stories, and building a platform to market myself. This year I am strictly writing and time will tell if I have found the answer to my dilemma of getting my novel published.
I have always believed in fate and not fighting against the set backs I have encountered. If you’ve been reading my blog you will know that I have had rejections that took the wind out of my sails (about three days to recover). It’s therapeutic to step back and look at my work trying to understand why others don’t see what I see.
I was lucky, my MS hit ; the right place, at the right time, and read by the right people. I heard that mantra over and over, and it’s true. Don’t give up there is someone out there who gets the message you are trying to send.
One day; I was on one side of the wall, the next day I had scaled it, but got hung up. Now, I’m not quite sure what I will find when I eventually free myself and fall into the partnership I have formed with my publisher. Again, the more time that goes by I start to wonder about those questions … How much are they going to edit my work? The common errors I make, and I know I make plenty, but will I be able to learn to avoid them in my next novel? What does my production person think of my novel? I plan to learn from this experience and write more smoothly … get right to the point before I spend months cleaning it up. I’m sure different publishers have their own criteria and way they do things. I will have to learn that as well.
This was the fourth book I wrote and it was a gamble to set my sights on this one and stick with it. I’m not sure if the first three will ever be published. I plan on writing more novels it’s a creative outlet that I had no idea I could channel until I sat down to write. Was it good enough? Besides the editors at the publishing company there was only one other person who read it; my dear sister, Catherine. She thought it was good enough and made me believe it. Now, others will believe it as well. The Summer Palace by S. Forrest Nomakeo watch for it — Spring 2017 at a bookseller near you.
So, my advice. Write it, live it, breath it, and surround yourself with loved ones, and believe in yourself.