Hey all! Publishing of my blog has been delayed because of life events, so here you have January and February’s both together. See you later in March.
Pump Up the Volume!
It’s that time of year when I’m super tired from the season’s festivities. It’s also been my birthday this week and I’ve not so much burned the candle, but incinerated it. I’m typing this from my bed! The month is already rushing on and I’ve spent the first couple of weeks of 2015 looking towards the year ahead.
The first project of the year has been getting ready for my book signings. The first of these is in Peterborough in March. I’ve ordered paperbacks of my books ready to take and set up a pre-order link. It is custom to take ‘swag’ to signings, so I’ve ordered some bookmarks and postcards, designed once again by my genius friend Annmarie. Next today, I need to order my banner. I’m sure there will be other things I haven’t even considered yet, but I’m on with it all.
Writing wise, the third book I wrote, Journey to the Centre of Myself, is in the hands of beta-readers and so far they like it. Thank goodness. This is an awful time for a writer. I’ve spent the last two years working on this book and you just never know whether it’s going to be liked or not. I felt physically sick before I opened the comments. I’m not releasing this book yet, so the comments are being saved until a little later in the year, while I work on other projects, namely –
The Alphabet Wedding – I finished drafting this novella this week and I’m really pleased with the draft. It was fabulous listening to Gabe’s voice! It went over to my friend who reads my work at its worst. I call this ‘word vomit’, where it’s straight out of my mouth and onto the page. Ruth gives me her honest feedback and opinions and I send her my work in chunks, so it’s great to hear while I’m writing. Anyway she loved it, so again, phew!
I’m now ready to move back onto my next novel The Calendar Game. Of all my books to date, this has proved the hardest to write. Ronnie is a hilarious character, but that in a book by itself would soon get tiring. She faced a lot of upheaval and life changing events in The Alphabet Game (if you haven’t read it she is the best friend of Stella, the main character). I’m therefore trying to show the effects of what happened during Alphabet, while mixing it with Ronnie’s personality. Add in the fact I want it to read as a standalone and it’s a complicated mix. Then there’s the character not behaving and going off on her own tangent. I’m looking forward to going back in to write the last 20%. I had to break off to write the wedding novella, as Ronnie is part of this. Therefore neither book will be being released until they are both completely ready.
I want to release these two and then Journey, so that my erotic writing takes its turn with my contemporary women’s writing. So over the next month I’m hoping to finish The Calendar Game draft and begin editing The Alphabet Wedding.
So if you could tell the characters of the book I’m writing after these to be quiet, that would be helpful ….
Where on earth is this year going already? I have finally completed the first edit of the draft of The Calendar Game, after Ronnie told me in no uncertain terms who she was ending up with. It’s out with its first beta-readers and their first words back were good. Like I said before, this book was probably the trickiest one I’ve written to date. I wrote it with no plan. It just evolved on screen. That’s not the way I write. I’m usually an outliner who veers off course and then re-outlines. This book took me so far out of my comfort zone, but I’m pleased with it. I guess as Ronnie is chaotic, it was the only way to write it.
My to-do lists grow ever larger. I feel like I have a window from mid-March to mid-August where I’ll be doing the signings, which means I need to make sure I am visible. We all know from this column that knowing that means I want to run in the other direction and hide. Not good. So, my author to-do list before mid-March.
- The Calendar Game to go to editor
- The Alphabet Wedding to be edited by myself
- Start working on a website
- Carry on with the #secretproject (connected with website)
- Go to my first signing and see what I learn from it
- Start daydreaming the outline of my next book on the bus. This is how I work. I envisage it all like a play while I’m bored travelling to work. When I know how I want it to work (loosely) I can start writing. In the meantime, this morning I started my character sketches, so I know what kind of personalities my main characters have and why they do things a certain way.
- Revamp Twitter and use it more.
Here’s the banner I mentioned earlier. Not so invisible now, huh?!!
See you next month.
Andie M. Long is a bonkers mother of one, who spends most of her time, when not working as a Research Administrator/Medical Secretary on Facebook. She has a long suffering partner. Author of the erotic novel The Alphabet Game and drama/suspense Underneath, she has several published short stories and poems; including an upcoming release for Cracked Eye.