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My Revision Journey Told Through Disney GIFs

Hi Everyone! Hope your Sunday is going well ;o) So, lately I’ve been revising and wanted to do a post on what it feels like. The ups and downs, turns, that kind of thing (original huh? LOL). BUT I thought I would tell it through Disney GIF’s instead since it’s more fun and I’ve always been a visual person and I love GIFs. Here we go!

My revision journey told through Disney GIFs.

I start out thinking there are SO many possibilities!

Cheshire Cat gif

 I’m so EXCITED! This is going to be the best MS I’ve revised EVER!

Lion King

Then the real work begins and it seems like an endless climb…

repunzels castle

Each step seems never-ending.

frozen gif 1

frozen 2

 

I quickly arrive at the stage where I think everything is total crap.

Brave1

 

I start to change things I NEVER thought I would which makes me feel like I’m completely messing everything up.

Mulan 1

Every morning I look like death.

frozen 5

 

I think I’m starting to catch a stride then something derails me.

tangled 2

 

I feel like nothing makes sense in the story anymore.

cheshire cat 1 Alice 4 Cheshire cat 3 Alice 5 Cheshire cat 4 Alice 6 Alice 7 Alice 8 Cheshire Cat 6

I try to add backstory and I either add too much or too little.

Tangled 3

So I decide to start from the beginning and see what works and what doesn’t. I end up deleting some of my favorite scenes.

Alice 3

Then I feel like this.

Cheshire cat 8

I start getting pulled into different plot holes and internal monologue traps.

Cinderella

After putting the pieces back together and getting everything in its spot.

Up Aristocats

I regroup. Because I can’t stay in Wonderland forever.

Tangled 5

 

I start climbing to the top of that wall.

Mulan 2

Work Hard.

Frozen 10

And make my MS just as beautiful as the first version, but better.

Frozen 9

I fall, but there’s always someone to catch me.

Frozen 7

And even though I feel like this…

frozen 3

And I realize how hard it is to say goodbye to a different version of my story…

Toy Story 1 Toy Story 2

I believe in this book and I want it to be the best.

Beauty and the Beast 1

It WILL be the best!

Frozen 11

Anyone else feel like this? How do you get through it?

Have a great week!

erica

 

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10 Things I’ve Learned About Publishing So Far

Hi Everyone!!

I hope you’re all having a good week so far and you’re staying warm!

So, I’ve been writing for a while now and I’ve learned a bit about publishing from being a writer/editor/agent intern. I’ve seen a lot of different sides to this crazy industry and I’m going to share the top 10 things I’ve learned with you ;o) You may already know them, but thought I’d share anyway!

1. Subjectivity is real. It’s not just what an agent/editor says to reject your work. Folks, I’ve seen this in action, both as a writer and an editor. Tastes differ. Sometimes I’ll read something then read it again and think… this isn’t as good as I thought. An agent/editor is going to read your story several times before it gets published, they need to love it.

2. Patience is a virtue. I’ve seen writers shoot themselves in the foot so often I wonder why they can’t just wait. I know it’s hard. Believe me. But what’s the rush? Take your time and get an agent and editor who loves your work. To do this does take time and it will seem like light years for them to get back to you. It’s okay. That’s not about you. Most likely, that’s about them and their time and what they have prioritized in front of your work, more often than not, their own clients’ work.

3. Helping your fellow writers is a great thing for your soul, but it takes a lot of time too. I try to help writers as much as I can. I know what it’s like to be in the query trenches. I try to get involved in contests like Brenda Drake’s pitch madness and pitch wars, and I was recently a judge for the Georgia Romance Writers Conference: The Maggie Awards For Excellence for the unpublished YA category. I love helping writers and I encourage everyone to do it, but it does take extra time. If you commit to contests and judging, be aware of the time commitment. I make sure I balance it and make sure I have the time before saying yes. Please feel free to ask me questions, and I’ll do my best to answer.

4. Agents are business associates. Publishing is a business, so your correspondence with agents should be professional, confident and straight-forward. If they have a policy on “nudging” follow it, don’t be afraid to follow their guidelines, in fact, if they have guidelines, follow them. If they ask you to attach the first 25k to the email, or some other strange thing, then do it. That’s what they want. I’ve read about writers waiting for months and months to nudge because they are afraid to bother agents. I hate seeing this. If they have a posted policy, that’s what they expect. You are only doing yourself a disservice by not following it. On the same hand. Wait until that posted time to nudge. Don’t follow-up a week after you query.

5. Queries/Pitches are still hard to write. Yep. No matter how many times I try to write one it isn’t easy on the first try. And don’t get me started on Synopses. Hoo Boy. Those are a practice in will power. I envy those who can write them easily, I am not one. I can edit queries and pitches with the best, but writing them on the first try is still a struggle. I will say it has gotten easier each time I do, so hopefully one day they will be like second nature to me. It has made it easier now that I know what the structure looks like: Intriguing tag line. What’s the issue? Obstacles? What does the MC stand to lose if goal isn’t met. Also, add in the voice. At least that’s what works for me.

6. Someone somewhere is probably writing a book about the same subject you are. It’s okay. It happens. There are only so many stories to be told. Ideas are limited. There are roughly 7 billion people on earth, chances of you being the ONLY one to think of your idea is… unlikely. However, you are the only YOU. Your voice is what makes your book special, so therefore don’t get discouraged when you hear someone else have the same cool idea. Make your story uniquely YOU.

7. Read, read, read. It’s so important, you guys. When I hear of writers only writing it makes me sad. One can not write in a genre they have not read in. I mean… they can, but I doubt it would be as good as a writer who read in that genre. I know it’s hard to make time, but as writers we have to know what’s out there. I read in binges usually, 3-5 books at a time, then I revise or write, then I do it all over again. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just do it. Trust me. You’ll be a better writer.

8. Learn social media and learn it well. Don’t spam. I’m amazed to still see this being done. Don’t follow others JUST to get them to follow back. It’s a conversation. And don’t be offended if others don’t follow you back. I doubt it’s personal. Sometimes I just haven’t gone through my list to follow others. It takes time. If you talk to me often though, chances are I’ll follow you. If you write a blog post, try to share it sparingly. Let others pass along the info for you. I try to link blog posts twice and call it good. My beloved friends on twitter typically RT me, which I’m so grateful for. In the same sense, I RT them and other info I think writers will find interesting and of course, cute animals, cause HELLO, cute animals. I wrote a blog post on the basics of social media, you can find it here, if you want to read it. We were all new once too. I just recently looked at my first few tweets and they were pretty generic. We all have to start somewhere, but take your time to get to know people on a real level, not just try to get them to follow you. Reach out and speak to other writers/authors. Chances are they’ll talk back ;o)

9. Readers don’t really care where you publish your book. Think about it. Before you were a writer, did you even know the names of most of the imprints? I think I knew Penguin and HarperCollins and that’s about it. Readers want to read a GREAT BOOK. That’s it. So if you want to self-publish, go with a smaller pub, Big 5, whatever, it’s cool. Readers probably won’t know the difference and in the end, that’s who we’re writing books for ;o)

10. The writing community is the best. I’ve seen writers over the years volunteer their time, money, expertise; they mentor other writers, send emails to their fans, let their fans into their little worlds by sharing more than we thought we wanted to know about a series, they answer questions. They RT your blog posts, ask how you’re doing, console you when you’re sad, lift you up when you are excited, empathize with you and hold your hand. I could not think of a better group to be a part of. Thank you to all of you!

So. What do you think? Got anything to add?

Have a wonderful rest of the week and KEEP WARM and BE SAFE!

Rock on,

erica

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Weekends Shmweekends

Yeah. Try saying that title outloud;)

Well, I’ve been trying to eat better, and I’ve been logging my food into sparkpeople.com (great website). It’s amazing what I’ve learned about what I’ve been putting in my mouth… okay. No comments on that- get your minds out of the gutter *wink*
Lessons I’ve learned so far…
Lesson 1-Culver’s burgers are very bad for you
Lesson 2- You are going to eat worse when you travel
Lesson 3- I need to drink more water- a lot more
I learned other stuff too, but those are the majors.
On to some stuff about writing —->
I’m going to try and do some writing this weekend. I’ve now read about 5 books on writing. Out of the five- the 2 that helped me the most are:
1- WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL , by Donald Maass
Can’t say enough about this book. It is a must read for writers in my opinion
2- DON’T MURDER YOUR MYSTERY, by Chris Roerden
Very good for all genres but especially helped me with some mystery elements
I have to give an honorable mention to, CHARACTERS & VIEWPOINT, by Orson Scott Card
I do have to say that after a while some books started saying the same stuff, so I have stopped reading them for now, but I am confident I will return to these and others while writing.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend. If your reading this on Monday, then I’m sorry. I hate Mondays!!!
Er

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Something to believe in

I’m working on editing as I go. Not sure if this is the best idea, but for now it’s working. However, my word count is going down as I shred current characters and dialogue. It’s going well I’m at 18,838 words.

I’m currently reading “Techniques of the Selling Writer,” by Dwight V. Swain, it’s a bit wordy so far, but I’ve read reviews saying that this one book will make a huge difference in my writing, so I’m giving it a try.
I have a birthday party to go to, see ya

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On with the show

I just read Betsy Lerner’s Forest for the Trees: An editor’s Advice to Writer’s and I am a little discouraged, but sure that I am doing what I should be doing. She discusses a lot of different types of writers and stuff about publishing. It was a pretty decent book. I have another book coming that I am excited to read about.

Right now I only have time to read books that will help with my writing, so that is it for now. I wrote a little today, and I am up to 16,658 words. I edited a bit as well as adding some. I am even bored writing this blog I can only imagine how boring this is to read. I’m sorry in advance for anyone who is reading this. I will have to work on getting more interesting if anyone is to read this.

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