Today I hit 50K words for Finding Papa's Shining Star, the sequel to the novel already under contract. The end---65K---is in sight. Then comes revision, but I'm rather anxious to get to that. As I write, I think back to the weak spots in previous passages and want them fixed ASAP!
The story has taken a turn that I didn't expect when I first conceived WIPSS. It was all one story then, but it was becoming too long. So, I cut it off and took up the story ten years on.
I've had to do a lot of research to get the historical facts straight. How wonderful to have the information available with the click of the mouse!
Also, today I discovered Windows Movie Maker and played with it a bit. When I get the pictures I need, I'm confident I can make a "trailer" to add to my website. One of the marketing "tips" I picked up somewhere was to put the trailer on a DVD and take a portable DVD player to a book-signing. I have the little portable player, so now all I need is the trailer to "hook 'em in"!
My goal is to get the 65K words written before Christmas, allow the file to "sit" while I work on some short stories which will, hopefully, bring in some revenue for the marketing fund.
January will be for revising and submitting a synopsis to Nan, the lovely editor who is working on WIPSS with me. Recently the Wild Rose Press Blog had an entry about "trusting your editor". Believe me, I do. She has been so patient and open to questions, and every comment she made on the ms was right on target. She has scheduled the second read-through for this week. Then the staff will be on a much-deserved vacation for two weeks.
I'm not sure where 2008 went, but a lot has happened in the past 12 months. I've done some things that I never expected to do and learned a great deal. But there's more to be done and more to learn. . .so I shall trudge on!