I just hit send on Expect the Unexpected to go back to the editors for formatting!!! So freaking excited!!!!
So far the feedback from Silla have been amazing . . . unlike last time. I'm waiting with bated breath to see if she still likes it when she's finished. Then it's on to Betas, which I didn't do for my first book, so I'm definitely freaking out a little about that. Now I really need to get on the ball to get some swag ready for the release. Every time the word release pops in my head my stomach flutters and I start to freak again. I also need to rewrite the blurb. I don't know why, but writing those seriously sucks.
Expect the Unexpected is back at the editor for the second read through. Hoping that she likes the changes I made. I pretty much rewrote 50% of the book. I thought getting the second book out would be easier. Oh how wrong I was. I love that Silla has challenged me and pushed my writing. In regards to publishing I may not do it again after this book for awhile, but I will take everything I've learned from Julie, Silla, and my reviews to hopefully continue to improve.
So close to being done that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and as I do my last read through I have to say I'm pretty proud of myself. That also completely terrifies me, because what if everyone else hates it? Good, bad, or indifferent I'm happy with it. Here's hoping I get it back to the editor this week.
I try not to use epilepsy as a crutch in life, because I know many people suffer from conditions worse than mine, but right now I'm frustrated. I wanted to get Expect the Unexpected out months ago. Heck I've had a cover since the beginning of the year. I had all these plans to get it out by April and my third a few months later, but it's the end of May and I'm still working on the first round of edits. Part of the problem is I like writing when I have peace and quiet, which for me is after the kids have gone to bed. Unfortunately that means I get maybe an hour or two to write until I have to go to bed, Another issue is I'm freaking tired. Balancing a full-time job, being a mother, being a wife, and trying to write is not easy. I keep pushing myself to get more and more done, but I also know if I'm not careful I'm liable to have a seizure. There's been plenty of times over the past few months that I've considered giving writing up, but it's hard to give something up that you love. I also don't want to leave a book unfinished. That's just not who I am. It's so frustrating for me to see all of these new authors flourishing when I feel like I'm floundering. I'm incredibly happy for them don't get me wrong, and I know I shouldn't compare because no two situations are alike, but I do it regardless. Not only have I not been able to finish editing, but I haven't even prepared for when I do. So hopefully some day soon I'll be able to finish my edits and get it back to the editor for betas.
You'd think having no kids would make writing easier, but it's not. My kids are gone all weekend and I've barely wrote a sentence!!! Could be I'm three episodes in on Bones, but eh. The sad part is, I've already seen all these episodes!!!!
Hopefully I'll be able to finish the first round of edits soon, so I can get it back to the editor. Silla has been amazing helping me. It's hard editing while working a new job. It's been awhile since I worked a 40 hr week.
I've finally got Expect the Unexpected to the point I'm ready for the editors. I love and hate this part. I love it because it's so exciting, but I hate it because it's so freaking nerve wracking. I'm terrified they're going to say it sucks and they don't want anything to do with it. Writing a book is the easy part, it's where you have to let someone else read it that's tough. That and the promotion of it, because I always feel like I'm not doing enough or not doing it right.
Thinking about changing the name. There's already a few books with that name, but I don't know. I've had that name planned since the beginning. Decisions, decisions . . .
Just finished doing my read through after getting my sister's notes. It took forever because I changed up a few things and deleted 15,000 words!!! Sent it to a friend to get her notes and then hopefully to the editor in April. Now I have to figure out how to do a sign up form for ARCs. I learned a lot with Taming the Whirlwind, but I still have a ton to learn!
I’d never planned on being a writer, never even crossed my mind. It started as a way to escape during a difficult time in my life and then I realized how much I loved it. I’d finished my first book and couldn’t wait to start the next one. Now I’m on book three and already have ideas for number four running through my head.