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Critique Matters

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Hello!

Today I have been working on a novel that I had abandoned. For what reason, I don’t know. I probably got off on another creative adventure. Shocking, huh!

So, here’s what’s on my mind. I’d like to revisit this novel. I haven’t really fully edited it yet, but, I’d like to take an honest approach to getting it published. I know I have work to do and have reached out to groups for some honest critiques, but I thought I’d give my readers a chance at it first.

Let’s be honest, you would be my audience, right? Or maybe intrigued enough to read through this first page and tell me three things:

~ Does it capture your attention enough to turn the page?

~ Are the characters, this far, likable?

~ Should I trash it and try again?

Please leave comments or feel free to email me at Debbuckingham (at) yahoo (dot) com. I always enjoy hearing from my readers.

Thank you! Write On!

Deb


All Lacy Parker wanted was a little breathing room and the only place she could find it was in her bathtub. Even though the bubbles were flat and the water was getting cold, Lacy took this time to reflect on her complicated life, especially the last few months concerning Dawson’s infidelity. The four years they spent married was rocky, some would say . . .  insane.

Dawson was frantically packing for his tour to Iraq; a tour that would hopefully prove more successful on his return.

The letter sat unopened on the kitchen table.  A promise of a new tomorrow felt deep within Lacy’s heart as she heard the front door slam.

“Dawson . . .” Lacy howled louder. “Dawson.” Tears ran down her face leaving track marks through her makeup, only to realize he may not return.

Lacy sank further into her cold water, tears of anger welled up inside. A goodbye would have been nice.

“Hey . . . Lacy,” Dawson’s voice took up the silence, “You here?”

How didn’t he know where she was? Maybe he thought she went outside.

“Yea, Dawson, I’m up here.” Lacy jumped from the tub and wrapped an oversized towel around her thin frame; long blond tendrils lay wet against her shoulders. The knock on the bathroom door indicated Dawson was there.  She opened the door wide enough for him to walk in. Her towel fell to the tile floor as Dawson wrapped his strong tattooed arms around her.

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Eve of NaNoWriMo

I just spent the last 2 hours combing the shelves at Barnes and Noble for clues, hints, tips, and tricks to making my experience a positive one.

I’m ready. Or I think I am anyway.

Next time…(self) don’t wait to the eve of NaNo to figure out you, once again, will primarily write by the seat of your pants.

Once a Pantser, always a Pantser.

Don’t get me wrong, I have basic details like character sketch and plot mapped out. And I even know how the story will begin.

So, as the saying goes…

Write On!

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Writing is Hard…or is it?

As I mentioned in my last post, I will be participating in NaNoWriMo next month. That’s in 8 days.

Eek!

I’ve begun a bit of character sketching, a bit on where my novel will take place, and even a bit on the plot. For a girl who writes by the seat of her pants (Pantser), this is a new thing. I’m trying to be half pantser and half plotter. I think one has to if they will get through having to write 1667 words a day for 30 days, right? Right?

I’d love to here how you roll. Whether your plan is to join me next month for NaNo, or just writing in general, please share whether you are a pantser or plotter? And what your process looks like?

So, as I always say,

Write On!

Deb

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Notes on E-Publishing

I attended a brilliant workshop on Self-Publishing last night, and learned a lot on how authors can take themselves to new heights by venturing into this model. Epublishing is the wave of the future in many opinions. Read what I learned…

Self-Publishing doesn’t have to be scary.

Will you sell a million copies? Probably not, but the copies you do sell will propel you forward and drive traffic to your “name.”

Should you epublish or submit the traditional way? There’s nothing that says you have to choose. Keeping one foot in each world is definitely okay (they say).

The biggest gripe about epublishing comes from poor editing. Very, Very Important piece of advice. If you know how to edit and are confident in doing so, then by all means, you can edit your own work. If not, hire someone.

Making sure it’s formatted right is also important. Try Smashwords Style Guide at http://www.Smashwords.com.

Having a cover design that’s appealing to the eye is important. You can use your own images or use Stock images online. Again check out Smashwords to see what they’re up to…

When all this has been accomplished, it’s time to announce to the world you have a publication via facebook, twitter, website, blog. Marketing.

Marketing Plan…yes, I said Marketing plan. Now, this is something I will work on this week. No one ever told me this was a factor, but in order to be a successful epublished author, it’s important to have a plan. Makes sense, right?

I was 100% against epublishing until rejection after rejection began (and continued) to happen. It wasn’t because it was junk, it was because (in their opinion), not right for the market right now. Who’s to say it’s not? Really?

So, stepping into my big girl shoes, I will self-publish a book. I have 2 that are ready, and one non-fiction knitting book that I have to map out yet. I think that may be the easiest to self-publish. We’ll see. Stay tuned…

As I always say,

Write on

deb