Monday, February 20, 2012

Broken Link - It's Fixed

The link in the last posted was reported to not work. It does not. At least. It does for me. I hope it works for you as well. :)

It's here, too.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Story Flowers

You may wonder what I've been up to all this time that I haven't been updating my blog.

Editing Noble Imposter? You guess.

Yes. And no.

While I have been doing a bit of editing here and there, I haven't been able to do much. Right now we're in the 'Read Aloud' stage. During this stage my mother reads aloud from the book we're working on and my dad and I listen and try to find mistakes, repeated words, etc.

My mother has been a bit busy with various things, leaving little time to read. So I occupy myself with other things.

Like the invention of Story Flowers.

Check out these photos of the four I've created so far.

Want to know more about them? Read the descriptions here on my other website. :)


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Side Stories

I took a poll today on my Facebook author page.

I asked if people prefer stories that had romance in them or stories without romance. I also stipulated that 'had romance in them' meant romance as a side story, not as the main plot.

Really, I shouldn't have been surprised at the results, knowing people as I do.

The results were about 26 out of 27 people preferred stories with romance in them to stories without romance. Interesting, huh?

And no. I wasn't the one who said no romance!

This may or may not influence my later writing. You might have noticed a distinct lack of romance in Precisely Terminated, but Monica really didn't have time for such things, and she's not exactly attractive, having starved much of her life. ;) Poor thing.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Concept Sketches And a Contest Winner

I have the concept sketches! They look cool.

I would show you, but I'm not allowed. Sorry!

As soon as I'm able, I will show you guys the cover. :)

Also, the contest winner.

*silent drum roll. Just imagine it. I'm sure you can*
And the winner of the necklace is - - - Elisabeth Robison! Elisabeth, please send me a private message with the address you would like the necklace shipped to. Congratulations and thanks to everyone for participating!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Cover In the Works

And Noble Imposter's cover is in the works!

Isn't that exciting? I'm always happy when talk of my cover starts. It means I get to see something soon! I'm not artist with pencil, so I must create pictures with words. The cover designer and I were emailing back and forth this afternoon, getting all the details for this cover idea worked out. He's going to start a sketch to give to the artist soon!


I'm editing. Surprised?

Didn't think so.

I finished another round today, though, and I printed out the entire manuscript for the next stage of editing.

The read aloud.

Doesn't sound very ominous, but it is. My mother, the wonderful lady that she is, reads aloud every word in the book while I listen, ready to pounce on continuity errors, repeated words, etc. They're much easier to catch when the book is read aloud. It also forces the reader to be more careful and slow in their perusal of the novel.

I also worked on a 'Tip Sheet' for my publisher. I have to fill out one of these for each novel (so this is my second one). It is a document with information like the book's synopsis, my bio, who the book is targeted at, spiritual takeaway value, etc. I wrote that up today as well, so it's been a rather productive day.

My short book description (which will not be appearing on the back of the book, a different one will.):

It is 800 years in the future, and the world is being oppressed by the ruling class. Millions toil under the Nobles’ oppressive rule, but because of microchips implanted in their skulls at birth, there can be no uprising. Monica, a slave girl, escaped the chip-implantation process. She was able to infiltrate the Nobles’ security in one city and free the inhabitants of Cillineese, but will she be able to do the same in Cantral, where she must pretend to be her dying cousin, and infiltrate the nobles’ culture at its very core?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

And the Editing Goes On and On

As usual. I am editing.

This will continue for a few more weeks until Noble Imposter is ready to send in to the publisher. I'm on the 5th or 6th round of edits right now, though my current document is labeled 08 (I've explained my system before in another post).

Fortunately, I'm on the last chapter of this round of edits! Hurrah!

How are your projects progressing?