Saturday, April 05, 2008

Saturday Challenge Check-in

Ha! I have half an hour before I need to head out. My week went well. Can't give a count of words or pages, but I finished going through both my CP's edits and suggestions on Miner and am on chapter three going through it for the last time before I send it to my editor.

And I wrote the opening scene for the next Halsey brother book " Doctor in Petticoats". And my daughter (who is reading old western magazines for me) found a story I can use as a premise for the second book in the series I'm proposing.

On the promotion front, I've secure two author chats for June and two blog-guests spots to promote Outlaw in Petticoats when it is released.

That was my week. How about the rest of you? Did you meet your goal?


Elisabeth Naughton said...

You've been busy, Paty! Way to go.

I wrote about 10K words, which is good. I'd hoped to finish the book, but it didn't happen this past week. I still have a few scenes to go. My goal is to wrap it all up this week, let it sit a bit while I tackle my editor revisions on book one, then come back and revise the wip so I can send to my agent.

In other news though, I had an exciting week. My editor informed me that my first book is being moved up on the release schedule to January '09. The move was prompted because they feel strongly the books will do well. She also said they're planning an "above average" debut, though what that means, I have no idea. Sounds good though! She said they're planning on doing something similar to Lara Adrian's covers for mine ( - sexy scene on top, action scene on bottom - so I'm excited to see what they come up with. I think Lara's covers are GORGEOUS and I couldn't be happier with the direction they're taking with mine. Oh, yeah, and I got my *tentative* titles and I LOVE them! Since they could possibly still change though, I'm waiting to announce them until I have confirmation they're set in stone.

Today I'm cleaning and shopping for the 5yr old's family bday party which is tomorrow. Probably won't get much writing done until late tonight, but I do want to do at least 1K words. Problem is I'm at a love scene and I've discovered I *can't* write those in fits and starts. Gotta have plenty of time to sit and concentrate. ;) LOL

Looking forward to hearing how everyone else did this week!

Kendra said...

I wrote about 8K but have this evening reserved for writing so hope to hit my 10K goal. I also sketched out my final scenes of the book. They're nothing like I planned at the start.

This week has been hard. The words don't want to come and the ones that do suck. I give myself permission to write a skeleton first draft, but frankly this one is missing too many bones. My characters are standing around staring at each other, wondering what to do and say next. I write a sentence, hate it, rewrite it, hate it, and then put it back the original way. And still hate it.

So I took a break and read NEVER SUCK A DEAD MAN'S HAND. Awesome and hilarious. It's written by a CSI who has encountered the most disgusting crime scenes I've ever read. I have a pretty strong stomach for this stuff, but some scenes had me putting the book down. Others had me laughing out loud. Anyway it gave me some ideas to incorporate into my characters. (Nothing gross)

I just checked out Lara Adrian's covers and they are great. Elisabeth, it sounds like your publisher is taking good care of you. I know what you mean about love scenes. For my last one I wrote INSERT LOVE SCENE and kept on going until I had a solid block of time to think about it.

Paty, it sounds like you got a ton done this week. Thanks for doing the check-in. I often think about it in the middle of the week; it keeps me motivated.

Flo Moyer said...

Very sorry I am so late checking in--long day.

I finished editing and revising draft 2 of my book due the 15th. Then I rewrote a chapter, cut two chapters twice, and have worked on cutting another chapter today. I got a lot done this week, but not enough.

I loved reading the other check ins. Keep up the great work!

wavybrains said...

Great work everyone!

I started the week strong, but then had an epiphany on Thursday that I'm writing the wrong book--what I thought was book 1 is actually book 3. Ooops. So, I'm working on a detailed outline of what is *actually * book one and trying to work my book three couple in as the B story (if that makes any sense at all).

But I also had a related epiphany FINALLY of how to fix the WIP that I finished the first draft on this summer. It had been languishing (with a resulting writers block) b/c I just couldn't see how to fix it.

So, at least I'm thinking writing :) My goal for the week is to finish the outline and start back to 3 pages a night.

wavybrains said...

Eli--an "above average" release generally means a larger print run, more publicity, and most importantly, more $$ for bookstore placement.

That is EXCELLENT news!

Genene Valleau said...

Paty -- wow! You are going great!

Eli, huge CONGRATULATIONS on your book news! It does indeed sound like your publisher is going to take good care of you. All of your hard work is paying off. Woo-hoo!! Can't wait to hear titles and see your covers! Oh, yeah, excellent word count for the week. :)

Kendra, way to go on the word count also. You are doing great!

Flo, sounds like you are pounding your way to deadline! Good going!

Wavy, so nice that you are back in writing mode again!

I'm scheduled to be on Blog Talk Radio with Regan Taylor ** this afternoon at 2:30. Still trying to clarify if that's standard or daylight saving time. Will know soon!

Paty Jager said...

Eli, Good job on the word count and awesome news on the early release, covers, and the whole shebang!!

Kendra, Great word count and EWWW to the book. Not sure I could read something like that (the reason you don't see me writing suspense)
Glad you are getting some good stuff from it.

Flo, sounds like you'll make your deadline. You and Alice are such inspirations!

Awesome Wavy! So cool, you are getting back in the writing mood!

Genene, my CP whose contemporary just came out is going to be on Regan's show. She was going to tell me how it goes. Let me know. might be something I'd like to do.

Great accomlishments everyone!

Genene Valleau said...

Hey, Paty! Just finished up Regan's Blog Radio Talk Show. Through a mix-up in communication, we had a three-way discussion -- which I really enjoyed. Author Emily McKay and I shared an entire hour with Regan. Regan is going to send us a link to the archives which I'll post on my Web site.

Regan is a wonderful host. Being a writer herself (among other endeavors), she is very in tune with what questions to ask and gives several opportunities to promote your latest books and what's going on in your writing life.

I'd recommend contacting her about scheduling a slot on the show. This was my first time doing anything like this, so it will be interesting to see if I receive any contacts from folks who were listening.

It was fun and the hour went by quickly!

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Oooh. Thanks for the info, Wavy! Now I'm even more excited!

Thanks for the congrats everyone!

Elisabeth Naughton said...

So glad the radio show went so well, Genene! You're a celebrity!

Genene Valleau said...

LOL, Eli! Don't celebrities have millions of dollars pouring in? Still waiting for that!