Monday, January 16, 2012

Weekly Progress Check-In

Welcome!  This is the Mid-Willamette Valley RWA chapter's weekly progress check-in.

Did you meet your writing goals last week?  What do you plan to accomplish this week?

(The best prize is achieving your writing goals, but as an extra incentive, we will award gift cards from Powell's bookstore to the chapter member and the non-member who check in for the most weeks in 2012.)


Deborah Wright said...

I'm a bit behind on where I wanted to be by now with the word count on the new project, but that's okay. I've been doing a lot of thinking about motivations and the timeline I've set up. Hopefully this week I'll make better progress.

Paty Jager said...

Any forward movement is good, Deb.
I have 80more pages to proof then I'll be uploading Logger in Petticoats to Kindle, Smashwords, and Nook. Hopefully I'll get that done tomorrow. ( I have company again)
Then I have more research to do so I can start writing Secrets of an Aztec Temple.

Barbara Cool Lee said...

Wow, Paty. You always are so productive, even with distractions. Good luck getting Logger done so you can start on Secrets of an Aztec Temple (great title--I'm looking forward to that one!).

Sounds like you're making good progress, Deb, even if it's not as much on the word count yet. Thinking about characters' motivations and the timeline counts, too! It's got to be done to get to the next stage of writing.

I'm right on track with my personal goal, which is 1000 words of new material every day this year. It's the 16th, and my word count is 16,029 words.

Good luck this week, everyone. :-)

chanceofbooks said...

Yay for progress Debbie! Paty's right--any is good! Yay Paty on being close to done! And WAY TO GO BARB!

I got about 7K this week. The Ruby Winter challenge is helping me so much. I want 6k this week. I'm turning the corner on the 2/3 mark on this WIP. Time to get it done.

Meggan McQuaid said...

I met and exceeded my goal of two twenty minute writing sessions this week. I also had several people look at the first 30 pages of William and Sadie and there are no major concerns with character, etc, so I'm happy about that.

Does anyone know a good source of info on the web about publishing, self-publishing, and taxes?

Way to go everyone!

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

Wow, great progress from many this week!
--Debbie, "stewing and brewing" counts.
--Paty, way to go--even with company!
--Barb, awesome progress!
--Annabeth/Bethany,great job!
--Meggan, forward progress is good!

I made good progress with edits for book #4 of my LEGACY series the first part of the week, then had line edits for book #1 come in that side-tracked me. And only did three book covers and a bit of promo this past week. :)

Back to edits on book #4 this week!

Meggan McQuaid said...

So, Genene, what is the difference between edits and line edits?

Also, what program do you use for your book covers? I have been wondering about Corel.

Its so nice to be involved with a group of such proactive women. Have you ever been a member of a group of negative, unhappy people? This is not it, and I love that!

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

Hi, Meggan!

For me, the difference between edits and line edits is that edits are the changes I make before I send the manuscript to my publisher. Depending on what stage of the writing I'm at, edits could be major rewrites or reading the entire manuscript out loud to catch sentences that don't sound just right. I was a proofreader and newsletter editor for many years, so my manuscripts are pretty clean before they are submitted to my publisher as far as grammar, spelling, and punctuation in addition to the plot, structure, etc.

Line edits are after the publisher has formatted the book for publication, where I literally proof the manuscript line by line to check for errors that might not have been caught earlier. At this stage, there shouldn't be many.

I use Photoshop for designing book covers. However, one of my other "hats" is as a graphic designer. The software is pretty expensive and a bit complex, so I wouldn't necessarily suggest it for someone who is only going to design a few covers or graphics. Since I use Photoshop most of the time, I can't give you the pros and cons of other software packages. Sorry!