I had hoped to have some agent news to share but not yet. *soon I hope*
I have now put up all the chapters of THORNFIELD MANOR on my website here: http://www.gaelicfairie.webs.com under sample writings.
My YA faerie fantasy LORE OF FEI is coming out next week!!!!
I have a new website just for LORE OF FEI, that address is: http://www.loreoffei.weebly.com
I have been working on the second book in the LORE FEI series, this one is called WAR OF FEI and I am in the process of editing it. Right now it is 75,000 words but it may be more or less after editing is done. I typically do five passes. The first pass is just to check plot and timeline, the second pass is to get rid of passive words like was, were, had, have, the third pass is to check character descriptions, the fourth pass is to do a line by line edit and the last pass is to check it all over again! I usually have the computer read it aloud at this point. I know I’ve said some of these things before so that’s all I’ll say on the subject for now.
I don’t know how many of you attend #yalitchat on Wednesday night on Twitter (9p EST) but you should. There is usually an interesting topic and guest authors/editors/agents. Last night the topic was about how your life has changed since publication. I would say that in my case, one of the things that has changed is that now I devote more time to writing than I did before I was published. I used to skip days sometimes even weeks before I’d write but now I write EVERY SINGLE DAY, even if it’s only a few hundred words. My life has changed as far as social media goes, this blog, Twitter (over 1,000 followers) and a fan Facebook page with over 1,000 likes along with (now) two websites has made me more “out there.” So, yes, publication has changed me in subtle ways. I promote my books more, too. I used to think if I wrote a good book that people wanted to read, they’d find it and poof, I’d be on my way to the NYT bestseller list. LOL. With the advent of Ebooks, there are so many people out there writing and publishing, if you don’t promote, you don’t get readers. Oh, I forgot to mention Goodreads, You Tube (book trailers, I love these!), and book signings. There’s Google+ (still haven’t figured it out) and Pinterest (l like this one!) and others I’m sure you could name that I forgot. So, yes, publication has changed me. My critique partner is one I found through publication. I’ve met some great writers online and hope to meet more. No, I didn’t get the riches and fame or a castle in Scotland (JK—you know who I mean), but I love writing and even if no one read another one of my books or bought another one, would I still write? Yes!!!! It’s in my blood so to speak. What about you?
Take Care, Until Next Time,