Home from the Dean Wesley Smith novel workshop. Two query packages are in the mail, three more will follow those as soon as I unpack and transfer the right files to the right computer and update all my folders.
Once again, learned so much at the workshop that I can’t even begin to sum it up. Re-affirmed that ebooks are a good idea (balancing with NY publishing), and learned great things about POD stuff that I hadn’t even started to investigate on my own yet. Having a professional, proofed query package is a great benefit of the novel workshops, but the real meat of learning at these things is in all the side information, the stories, the questions that others ask and answer, and so many other little details (not to mention the cool people I meet and the books I get to read…).
But now, it means I’m done with that novel until I get a full request. So what’s next? Well, here’s the rough plan for the rest of this year:
Plan for rest of October: write a handful of short stories and mail them. Get the world-bible nailed down for my ebook project. Keep things in the mail.
Plan for November: Write the ebook project book 1 as a nanowrimo (hey, why not, right?) and start back in on TVMoSS as soon as that’s done. Also write another handful of short stories and mail them.
Plan for December: Get ebook novel ready for launch in Jan. Finish TVMoSS (or as near as I can given I’m going to lose a lot of time due to holiday stuff). Write another handful of short stories and mail them.
It looks like a lot, but Oct/Nov are usually fairly productive times for me, so I’m not too worried. I just need TVMoSS done by Feb 1st, and the ebook book 1 done by December-ish (to get time to edit, clean it up, and format before Jan.).
So yeah, that’s about it. I’m planning a post on my library project, so hopefully now I’m done with that mind-eating novel I’ll get something up on this blog that’s at least nominally interesting on a more regular basis. Thanks to everyone who encouraged and supported me while I struggled through finishing this last month or so, you guys are awesome!