Saturday, September 05, 2009


Status: Proposal Sent (whew...)

I'm writing this on Thursday with great hopes that I can successfully set it up to post on Saturday. If I screw up and it lands on here early, my humble apologies. The greatest shame in that would be bumping Bethany's post. If you haven't read it, it's probably the one directly preceding this one unless someone else posts. Now I'm confused.

I finished my proposal on Wednesday and got it emailed. That was self imposed deadline (I missed the original one and my editor is traveling, so I had another week) but I needed that sucker to be gone so I could go play for a few days. It's a huge relief although I have to admit, the synopsis is held together with bailing wire and a hot glue gun. It's hard to believe it won't cause anyone who reads it to shake their head and wonder if the cat helped write it.

Enough about me. How is everyone else doing? Have a great Labor Day weekend!


Elisabeth Naughton said...

Congrats on getting the proposal out the door, Alice!!

I got my page proofs for SEDUCTION done and out this week as well. Feeling a little sad...that's it for the STOLEN books. My first trilogy...done! But I still get to live vicariously as the book nears release.

I also starting working on the WIP again. Feels good to be writing. And though I'll be a STRESS CASE starting next week, I, too am relaxing this weekend instead of working. Last weekend of summer. Next week kids go back to school and I can get back to the grindstone (finally!!!)

A writer friend emailed today to let me know he wrote an article about me and my books to be published in October in the Toronto Main Street Magazine. It was a GREAT article about romance novels not being the stereotypical bodice rippers. I had no idea he was even writing it! So once I have the link I'll share it with you all.

Oh, and between page proofs and the wip, I finished the Twilight Series this weekend. It was a fun read (even if I still wanted to smack Edward a few times). I still like the cute werewolf better. And Lisa? I STILL like Rosalie. ;)

Karen Duvall said...

I'm still decompressing after completing an intense design project that had me tied up in knots. But I'm so excited about the Colorado Gold Conference I can hardly contain myself. :) My focus is on my trip and getting to see all my friends.

Yay, Alice, for getting the proposal off to your editor. A group of agented writer friends (we call ourselves "The Hopefuls") were just discussing selling on proposal pre-contract and what the likelihood would be to accomplish such a feat. One friend in particular felt like she would miss the boat if her agent didn't pitch her proposed book immediately! Without a track record and a completed book already under contract, I realize odds are slim for an unpublished author to sell on proposal, but we all talked about the possibilities anyway. It was universal that all our agents were against it. It was an interesting discussion nonetheless.

Eli, congrats on getting the page proofs for Seduction done. How fun to have completed your series. Is your publisher/editor happy with the results so far? Have you earned out your advance? How great to be able to just sit back and rake in the royalties from here on out. :)

I'm actually writing this weekend, and not articles for Demand Studio, though I do need to start that up again. I'm working on the new book. It's been nagging at me so I'm developing a rough synopsis before I get too far ahead of myself. I don't outline, but the synopsis helps me get my head in the right place. This book relies a lot on backstory of the town.

I hope you all are having a fun 3-day weekend! We hiked by the river yesterday and Kinsey got too close and fell in. She was leashed so we pulled her right out, but she was surprised. She loves to swim, but didn't realize the water she stepped into was as deep as it was. The look on her face was priceless.

Deborah Wright said...

Alice, congratulations on getting your proposal sent off!

Between my own self-analysis and Bethany's terrific post, I've got a renewed sense of purpose with respect to my writing. I'm taking the long weekend to get organized. I spent Saturday deciding which WIP I was most invested in (the multiple/alternate dimension story) and then ripping it apart. This is a good thing. I've come to the conclusion that I'm somewhere in the middle of the spectrum when it comes to plotting -- I need enough of a structure to know where the story's going, but not so much detail that every little thing is pre-planned (otherwise, I get bored because there's nothing left to discover while writing).

The other thing I've come to realize about myself is that I'm a tracker. I like to see tangible evidence, beyond the words in a file, of my progress. I've set up a spreadsheet to track my wordcount and I have a binder ready for this project to store the printed pages of the first draft.

My goal is to have the story structure completed by Monday and then start writing. I'm going back to the basics (for me) and setting a minimum daily goal of 250 words. While I want to accomplish more than that most days, I know I can easily reach that goal, and for now that's what's important to me.

Paty Jager said...

Congrats to everyone on their accomplishments! I spent last week getting ready to leave and editing. No writing was done. I'm hoping to get some work done this afternoon on the cruise.

My dh and I discovered we are not cruising people. We both can't find enough to do to keep us busy. So I'm writing and he's watching TV. While we were on the deck we visited with two couples from Canada and another couple we didn't find out where they were from.

Keep writing!