Saturday, February 09, 2008

Challenge Check-In

Hi everyone, how goes it in the trenches? I wrote over 8,000 words this week. Not bad, not great, but it will accelerate as the next three weeks roll on (or at least it better!)

How is everyone else doing?


Alice Sharpe said...

checking the little box!

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Way to go, Alice! That's awesome!

I finished my revisions today. (WOOOHOO!) Just sent the whole ms to my cp to read. She said she'd read it tomorrow and I'm hoping to incorporate her edits/suggestions this week and finally send this thing out the door to my agent by Friday.

I'm done working for today. Tomorrow (after cleaning the pit that my house has become this week while I finish revisions), I'm jumping back into my Greek myth book. Can't wait! Feels like forever since I opened that doc.

Alice Sharpe said...

Eli, wow, that's a big accomplishment! Congratulations. Are you happy with the way it turned out? Isn't it wonderful having another book to go to that you're excited about?

I'm sure Paty has worked today, she was so close to being finished, I don't think wild horses could have held her back.

I spent most of the day visiting Mom so will be lucky to get 1,000 words in. I am the tortoise lately, around all you hares.

Lori Barber said...

Everything else keeps pulling me away from my book. I did manage to get my 2nd POV character to open up a little and wrote a page in a new scene. It's a start. I'm grateful for the forward movement.

Christine Young said...

Way to go Alice. I wish I could say the same thing. But...
Anyway I'm working on Highlands Song which has to be to my editor by the end of the month. Didn't do anything all week. But my girls placed second at the District swim meet yesterday and they are on their way to State. I'm just waiting on Psyche sheets to see how they did against the rest of the state.

Alice Sharpe said...

Chris -- Wahoo! Congrats to the girls, hope future results are just as great!

You must be close to done with Highland Song?

Lori -- Sometimes a page is a whole lot more than a page, isn't it? I'm glad you're off and going with the 2nd viewpoint character.

Paty Jager said...

Okay, I'm here! Had a book signing in Roseburg yesterday.

Anyway, I managed 9,912 words, BUT I'm rewriting the chapter with the black moment- it stinks! And I can't do the end without the black moment right.

I worked on the changes while sitting in the book store waiting for someone to notice me. It's a looong story. I sold two books and talked to several people. It wasn't the best situation. It was a used book store, they had me set up too far from the front of the store, with man doing charcoal portraits in front of me. I had one woman who talked with me and was very inquisitive, but English was her second language and she hasn't learned to read it yet.

I don't feel quite so bad. There was an author at the Walden's store in the mall as well and I was informed she didn't sell many books either. The Celebration of Literacy was more geared for the children and the parents were so busy herding them around they didn't notice those of us trying to make eye contact!

But I met a nice couple who opened their home to me for the night and I had a good visit with them and hopefully they will spread the word that I'm an author worth looking into!

Paty Jager said...

box checked

Paty Jager said...

I have to cut my dh's hair and then I'll be back to comment on everyone else's accomplishments!

Paty Jager said...

Congrats Alice on your count! That's awesome!

Eli, Woo hoo on the revisions! Bet that feels good!

Lori, only one more week and I'll quit getting in your writing way.

Chris, congrats on the swim accomplishments! And good luck on Highlands Song.

Karen Duvall said...

All you ladies are on fire!

Paty, I think you're going to have all kinds of fun book signing stories to tell once you're done making the rounds. I had a signing in a metaphysical bookstore in Denver (for PROJECT RESURRECTION) and the owner of the store was a doll! She set me up at the front of the store where she'd put a table and two chairs. Then she would corral people as they came in and steer them to me. All were very, very nice people and we had lovely conversations. But as I remember, only a couple of them bought books. Maybe it was four? Hard to recall since it was back in 2000. Anyway, I still had a great time and met some interesting people, which when it comes to signings is what it's all about.

I'm working on revisions, too, Eli, except they're my own and my CP's, not an agent's. 8^) Though I'm happy to say Laura Bradford asked me for a partial a week and a half ago. I also have a request from Laurie McLean of Larson Pomada for the first 100 pages, and those pages needed some work! It's been a few weeks since I opened the file, so when I started reading after about page 75 I went EEEK! Not all the warts are gone yet.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Alice, I'm very happy with the way it turned out. I will admit, I had my doubts when my agent told me what she wanted me to do - especially because the way in which I did it was totally left up to me. But now that it's done, I see she was completely right. The changes I made based on her comments made the book MUCH MUCH better. I just hope they were what she had in mind. ;)

Karen, congrats on the request(s)! I have fingers and toes crossed for you. :) I was going to comment on your agent blog, but my computer crashed and I spent all day Thurs. & Fri. reloading programs, etc. (ACK!). However, it sounds to me like you're doing the right thing. Having a clear goal in mind and sticking with your strategy is so important. This is not a quick business - as many of us know - but as I've heard from published authors time and again, perseverance is key.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Lori, forward progress is all that matters, no matter how big or small. ;) Way to go.

Chris, congrats to your girls! My daughter loves being on the swim team. I have a feeling it's something she'll be doing for years. Good luck on finishing Highland Song.

Paty, 9,912 words is awesome! Way to go. Sorry your book signing wasn't exactly what you expected, but it sounds like you made the best of it.