Hitting Submit...to an editor
So it happened today. Another step towards a dream and a goal of mine.
I submitted my book to BubbleCow, an editing company in the UK. After searching for the best people to edit my book, I revisited a website I have known about for some time The Creative Penn written by Joanna Penn. Joanna is a successful self-published author and I value the amount of care she puts into her work. She had a whole post on editors and when I found BubbleCow I felt some real connection.
I just hope they feel the same way about me. I submitted the book and then I got a message saying that they just need to check to see whether they are the right editors for my book, which I guess is kind of neat! I want the right people helping me to make my book better.
Below is the blurb for my book...Just in case you are interested.
Lenora sat with the rawness of her memories. They sat like china pieces, sharp, fragile and finally being put back in place to form the ugliest vase Lenora had ever seen.
Words can change everything.
Rosie is ripped from her mother’s loving arms when she is just three years old. She is placed into a series of foster homes; her only solace comes from her writing. She has always felt alone in the world.
When Rosie finds something from her past she must confront the possibility that her mother, the one she had always been told was mentally unstable, just might have been set up. Yet what if her mother does turn out to be crazy? Rosie knows all too well that some things are better left in the past.
Jacob has his own burden to carry; yet when he and Rosie meet he finally finds someone who can understand his pain.
Sarah has kept her shame and guilt hidden for so long but feels it’s time to let her truth out. Mary, who is nursing her own broken heart, listens to Sarah’s story as it unfolds into something she will ultimately be left holding.
Lenora waits for her daughter to come find her or might she be the one to find her daughter?
Spanning 1970’s to present and telling the story of two girls torn apart by love, A Pocket Called Past shows us what consequences secrets and regret can have in our lives and how we go about picking back up the pieces.
Gary from BubbleCow said he will endeavour to return my book within around 28 days so by the New Year, I should be able to pop my book up onto Kindle in Amazon and self-publish!! Exciting.
This is my first work of fiction and I cannot wait to see what the editor does to make it a better book, as I am SURE he will :)
A Question for New writers...
The rain is pounding at the windows in my office as I write and I am snuggled up to the radiator.
Recently I realised that I had all but stopped writing. I actually know exactly why. I have been working away on my other business Safe Space Coaching and dreaming up new business offerings. I don't really believe in Balance. We are always giving our attention to one thing more than another.
Currently I am learning French, researching my second fiction novel, thinking of finishing my first non-fiction novel (part memoir/part self-help), learning the language of sales, improving my written English, competing in my first Bikini Series Challenge (don't ask) and taking care of my home. Now, I cannot possibly get all of the work done that I need to do on all of these during ONE day. I have trello boards for all of them and plans too but that doesn't mean they are balanced...AT ALL. I'm tired just reading that back really. ZZzzzzz
I adore writing and I have a friend who is waiting on my completed chapter, which I have mostly completed, but once I finished the book I must admit I got impatient and wanted to start the next one right away! Alas, I find myself unable to start writing it because I know nothing about the time period...PERIOD! It will take lots of research to know how things were in the 1860's in Scotland and NZ.
Then why aren't I writing more of just anything?
You did look at the list above right?
I know, I know...So everyone is busy, I get it. We all have the same amount of time in the day as the next person so I ought to just dive in.
Except, I want to do my best and not do something half-arsed.
Is it better to do something than nothing?
That is the question I pose to you new writers?
How do you ensure you are writing daily? What do you sacrifice to make it happen? What falls off your plate?
I would LOVE to know. You can comment here or tweet me back @safespace.
Happy Monday :)