Legend's first and so far only review comes from the person who helped it mature as a beta reader. Does this invalidate the review in any way? No, because I didn't compensate her for her help or the review in any way. And she didn't see the final copy until it was published.
My titles reflect not only my story, but who I am and what the story means to me. Making money would be nice, but I'm not going to sacrifice the integrity of my words for a buck. I write and say what I mean. Packaging myself, or my works up, in some smelly perfume just to appeal to the masses isn't who I am.
New Year's is a moment of new beginnings. Sometimes they happen before the stroke of midnight on January 1st. Other times, after. This is the story of one such event that lead to emotional healing and a new attitude toward life and editing.
I started writing the first book in The Fantasy Reject League, a YA Fantasy trilogy (series?), a few weeks ago after someone offered to sponsor me with a cover, editing, and marketing. The first thing the main character demanded was a first person present POV.
Life happens. A quick update of what is going on with the series after almost a month silence. Doesn't meant work has stopped. In fact, there are now two new old books in the WIP progress list. The rest of the books also now have statuses so I know where I'm at with them.
How I Started (And Kept) Writing Every Day stuck a chord in me because the author has the same struggles and thoughts about his incomplete writing as I do. To him, writing every day is about managing expectations, self-accountability, and low-stakes writing.
How does an author feel after finishing another phase of their book's development? Seven emotions ranging from tired to gratitude come to mind. It's good to be done with the tedious. Now it's time for full-blown creativity once again.
It's a very dynamic time for A Dream To Share. This has led to change in how the book's progress is going to be measured. Instead of relying on an arbitrary percentage, I'm going to be using its word count with a fexible goal of 75,000 words.
Taking a moment to stop, breathe, and applaud myself. Granted I still have twenty-one more chapters left in the grammar check, but I told myself that once I reached chapter thirty I would celebrate. The milestone means I have less than more to do.
During them, I learned about her history of undercover operations. I still don't know the details of every one, but I now at least know how and why Jo does things, both as herself and other people. It also triggers the need for me to write a twenty-sixth book in the core series.
The box in the top right corner of the SOH website is a motivator. I'm already thinking about how fast I can get the grammar check on Legend done. Not only that I can't wait to see the next book in the series, A Dream To Share, underneath Legend as I wait for feedback. I was even thinking further than that to the books I wanted to do before tackling the In the Name of Freedom trilogy. That led to a few complications and me rethinking my plan.