word count

Happy Easter,.spring gardening and a word count update!

Happy Easter, everyone! It was muy blucky  here today, so we went to brunch and then kind of lazed around. Part of that  was because we went into a backyard demolition frenzy yesterday, and got a  years-overgrown herb garden completely demo’d, refortified the existing dirt,  and then planted the beginnings of a new garden in addition to moving a bunch  of semi-large rocks in to border it (think too big to move by hand, but fits in  a wheelbarrow). Both kinda sore today, but it was that good kind of sore from  putting in physical labor, which neither of us gets much in our daily desk  jobs.

Colored eggs last night because  apparently we’re still ten years old at heart *G*, and I got Peeps this morning  in my Easter basket, so all is right in my world.

Also got 1500 words written today on  Shoot to Thrill, for a grand total of 4700 this week! That made me really  happy, since I haven’t had significant word count in quite a long time, so this definitely jazzed me up and got me back on track.

So how was YOUR Easter??

Word count update…kicking ass and taking names…

I took Thursday and Friday of this week off because we’ve got a bigwig coming to the base and I didn’t want to get caught up in the folderol.  So this morning I finished up an editing job, had lunch with the hubster, and then sat down and wrote.  And wrote and wrote.  As I type this bad boy in right now, I’m at 3000 words, and Into the Fire is up to almost 16K.  Tomorrow I’d like to do 5K, and then at least 2.5K on Saturday and Sunday, which, theoretically, would put me at 26K, and damn close to the end of this novella, if not there completely.  Yeah for me!  Now let’s see if I can meet my own challenge!

**updated**  clicking the laptop closed with 5K under my belt for the night!!!

Checking back in…

Sorry for the absence last week.  As I noted on Friday, my modem went tango uniform, and pretty much put me out of biz for the week, since the DoD won’t let us look at blogs at work.  I got a ton of writing done this last week, pumping out 7300 words on Live and Let Die, which is well over my personal goal of 6000 words per week, so I’m pretty pleased with that.

 

I’m trying something new this time around…I’m just writing, balls to the wall, without going back to read anything.  Sure, here and there I’m going back and adding something in as it strikes me, but I suspect I’ll be going more into the notes function mode as the story progresses, so I don’t slow myself down.  In a pie-in-the-sky ideal, I’d love to have the draft done by the time I head to RWA in July, but we’ll see.  If I continue on the 6K a week, then it’s certainly feasible.

 

One thing that I thought was going to be a real challenge on this book was making Arin’s voice very distinct and different from Sara’s in View, since both stories are told in first person.  I think I’ve succeeded, but we’ll see what my critique partners say *g*.

 

And, I decided that I’m going to work on Omega Five simultaneously, as long as I get my word count done for the day.  We’ll see how that plays out, but since I’m already 5K deep on that one, it seems like the thing to do, especially since the characters are talking to me…and in no uncertain words *g*.

The Joys of Spring Break and a friend’s news!!

So one of my bestest writing buds has great news!!  Rinda got an agent (and a freakin’ wicked awesome one at that)!!  Yeah, Rinda!!

On my end, I took Wednesday and Thursday off to sit down and polish View to a Kill one last time before I sent it in on request to Harlequin and an agent.  I’m almost done now, and in the process, have lengthened it by almost 3,000 words…obviously I needed the distance since it was written *g*!

One thing I discovered in last week’s mini-con is that the old word count rules have been tossed, at least in some cases…you know the ones I’m talking about…25 lines per page, double spaced, Courier.  Now the 25 lines per page and the double spacing are still there, but not so much on the font.  Both the ladies I spoke with are all about using Times New Roman, which significantly decreases your “word count” when it comes to computing it in that method… OR, they said to just use the actual word count function in Word…

By that I mean that View, using the old way, stood at 88K.  Now it’s significantly less using TNR (I haven’t computed it recently, and won’t until I’m done), but the computer count is at 87K, and the “old” way is at 95K…dontcha just love the vagarities of this biz *g*???

Well, now I’m off to work (blech), but if it’s as dead as I expect, then I’ll work a half-day, come back and play with the hubby in the back yard getting ready for the real arrival of spring…today it’s supposed to be gorgeous, and the tomorrow, typical Oklahoma weather slinks in…rain.  Sigh…

Have a happy Easter, y’all!!

Word Count Update & the ongoing agent hunt

 I only got 2,000 words written this week, but I was down with the crap going around.  Feeling much better now, though, and got all of those 2K written over the weekend.  I also did a bit of plotting (which is a total anathema for me), which will help me wrap up the last 20K pretty quickly.  Right now, though, I’m a bit torn.  While this is a suspense novel (category length), I’m finding a bit of my Keira spiciness dying to come through.  So I have to wonder if maybe I shouldn’t go back and give in to that urge, an make it a Blaze contender, rather than a Harlequin Intrigue.  I’ve gotta figure that out soon, because I’m at the point where it would make a difference.  By that, I mean I could go back and heat things up pretty easily with the existing material, but from this point on, if I make it a Blaze, the sex needs to be ramped up pretty significantly.  I’ll see where the writing takes me this week, and figure it out from there.

On the agent front, still searching, with five queries outstanding.  As I’ve said before, I have serious faith in my story…I think it’s one of the best books I’ve written, and the series has tremendous potential.  But it’s probably a chancy bet for an agent.  My heroine is very vulnerable, which she hides behind a smart mouth.  She’s flawed and a lot like the people I run into every day…with the exception of the fact she sees a different dimension.  And the kicker…it’s told in first-person, which can be a turn-off to some folks, since you never gets into the hero’s head.  I think I did a good job of showing the hero, but time will only tell.  There’s an agent out there for this book and my subsequent work, I just have to be patient and find them!

Kicking out the words…

 Well, since Sunday, I’ve written over 4,000 words on Duck and Run, so this makes me very happy.  Maybe because I set my goals a little lower, I wasn’t as intimidated by them.  Plus, they were “good” words, words that moved the plot forward, and made the hero and heroine come together and then separate again, at least emotionally.  Now I’ve got them stuck in the equivalent of a safe house, and am gonna bring the bad guys to them.  On a happy note, the line I’m targeting this to (Harlequin Intrigue or Silhouette Romantic Suspense) has a shorter word count than I’d originally thought (55-60K).  I was shooting for 70-80K, and was wondering what kind of secondary storyline I was going to have to incorporate to bring it up to that count.  Now, however, I can easily see this story settling nicely into that count.

On the agent front, I still have 4 out, and have a few new leads that I’ll probably send something out to in the next few weeks.

To be honest, I’m now hip deep into D&R and really liking writing it, so I’d like to finish that before I start on Live and Let Die.  If nothing else, I’ll keep pitching View to a Kill and the whole Talented series, even if I have to write the whole blasted series before I collar an agent.

I know that may sound a bit fatalistic, but I’ve been told by editors that I tend to write ahead of the curve, so if nothing else, I’ll have a body of work ready to rock and roll with. Or at least that’s what I keep telling myself *G*.

Rethinking Word Count Goals…

So I’ve been steadily working on Duck and Run, my latest WiP while my last critique partner shreds Breath of Heaven.  Unfortunately, “steadily” means I’m producing word count, but not as much as I’d like. 

In my perfect world, I’d write 1,000 words a day, take a two-week break when I’m done, and then dive into the next book.  And except for the whole 1K/day gig, I’ve been doing fine.

With Duck and Run, I’m producing about 500 words a day…half of what I’d like.  But lately, by the time I get home from the day job, that’s about all I can muster up.  Then I feel bad because I know I can do better…but will the book be as good because I’m pushing past my creativity wall?  Seriously, my brain is mushier than usual after spending the day looking at incident reports and performing data quantification.  (And I always thought I sucked at math *g*)

Sooo, after thinking long and hard about it, I’m revising my “during the week” goals to 500 words/day.  In my perfect world, I’d write 6K a week, so that means if I’m to maintain THAT goal, I’d need to write 3500 words over the weekend.  That’s certainly doable since I’ve been known to write 5K in one day when football is on, so I’ll have to see if that kind of mindset works any better. 

Checking in, word count and agent update…

 Sorry about the absence yesterday.  WordPress wasn’t letting me in at 6 am, and I had to head to the dreaded day job shortly thereafter.  This morning however, is a whole ‘nother story!!

In rockin’ great news I’m jamming on Duck and Run…in the last week I wrote 4.5K and got past the part that was stalling me by putting in an action/danger scene as well as a torrid kiss that really moves the plot forward.  My goal is to pump out at least 1K per day (getting back to my original daily goal), if not more, so I can get the first draft finished and into critiques pronto.

In the agent hunt, I’m still on the search…I’ve got it out to five agents now, and am pitching to an agent and editor in March at my local chapter’s mini-conference.  I figured I’d pitch View to the agent and Duck and Run to the editor.  Even if that doesn’t pan out, I want to have both ready to rock for the conference in San Francisco in July. 

Feeling better, Release Day & good reviews

 Sorry for the lapse Monday and Tuesday…I caught a nasty flu/headcold/chestcold…if you can call it any of that.  All I know is that I slept about 40 hours over 2 days and finally feel human again.

Unfortunately, I slept through my own release day!  Sea of Dreams was released on Monday, and I already got my first review…and it’s a doozie!  Check it out here.

Right now I’m still kinda toying with what I want to do next, but since I set my new “start” date on 1 Feb, that’s cool.  Over the weekend I worked on Duck and Run…this is a story I really adore that just…died…because the heroine wasn’t talking to me (that’s a whole ‘nother blog post, and a subject my hubby rides me on).  I jammed on this baby on Saturday, logging 2,200 words.  Friday I worked on something new, a possible idea for Nocture, and today, since I was almost feeling human, I started playing with a shifter story.  We’ll see which one jells first.

Okay, off to bed now, since I have to go to work tomorrow.  Sigh.

Coming out of lurk and an answer to Harry’s questions…

 Sorry for the disappearance last week…I was in one of those moods where everything I wrote for the blog sounded goofy, so I just decided to bag it for a bit.

In happy news, I finished Breath of Heaven! Yeah for me!  It’s now in Pat’s capable hands for the first round of critiquing.  I think this is the fastest novella I’ve ever written, and I’m actually really pleased with how it turned out…we’ll see what Pat, Leigh and Jennifer have to say, tho!

So now I’m taking a bit of a break before diving in to my next project, and in that time, I have to decide which one to tackle…Live and Let Die, Angels of Retribution or Duck and Run.  I’m leaning toward Duck and Run because I’ve already got 15K done on it.  I’ll be making a decision one way or the other by the first of Feb, so I can get rocking and rolling.

Okay, now onto Harry’s question… I have a question though, okay questions, since I have a novella out myself and want to see how the situation differs with different authors. On what kind of way are your novellas published? I mean do you get them in print or digital and then how do you sell? Do you rely on the publisher to advertise or have to do it by yourself?

Harry — mine are pubbed digitally and sold first through the main site (for 3 months) and then at Fictionwise and Amazon after that.  We’ve found that our buyers off the Liquid Silver site are very loyal, and so it only makes sense to sell it there (and get full royalties for everyone) before sending it to a subsidiary like FW and Amazon, who take a pretty hefty chunk.  As for promo, everything I’ve seen in the “e” world lends to a bit of a partnership.  Your publisher should have a professional website that draws folks in, and send your books to a pre-set list of review houses.  They may, or may not, advertise in other places (like Romantic Times, which is pricey, or on blogs, review sites, etc).  When it comes to advertising myself…in a word, I suck.  I’m not comfortable tooting my own horn, so I tend to do things like interviews and such, in addition to some well placed banner and cover ads (think The Romance Studio, Fallen Angel Reviews, Just Erotic Romances, etc).  After one “big” book, two novellas and a short story under my Keira name, I’ll be honest and say that a TON of promoing depends on reaching out and touching your readers AND creating a buzz about your books.  The secret to doing that, I’m afraid, I haven’t exactly figured out yet *g*.  Hope this answered your questions, at least a bit.