Thursday, February 21, 2008

Face What?

So apparently I'm on Facebook now:

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594792536&ref=nf#wall

It was the only way to keep up with my friends and family. What is the world coming to?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

On Track

I'm happy to report that so far I've kept on track with my 1000 word goal. I now have 27,000 words left to write, which means in 27 days it'll be finished and I can start writing to agents.
As you may already know, in the past I used to get to this point and begin sending out to agents before the manuscript was finished. Unfortunately this limited me in the agents I could send out to, as many don't like an author to query unless the manuscript is completed. So although I am severly tempted to start sending out letters already, I'm trying a different plan of attack this time, meaning I'll have a greater number of agents I can write to, and hopefully a greater chance of actually being successful. And that's all there is to say at this stage. The story is practically writing itself, so as long as I can continue sticking with my 1000 words, it should all work out well. Better get back to it!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Unattainable

So, I haven't thought of a slogan for 2008 yet. In fact I'm thinking of just going with "Hello 2008!" since I haven't actually given it any thought since I posted the last entry.
Yesterday evening I sat down and wrote another four pages (or 1000 words) on my current project. It's not exactly the same as sitting down and rolling out 6000 or so words in one afternoon like I used to be able to do pre-baby. Now I have to write in whatever small snatches of time I have when she's either sleeping or with daddy. However since I have around 30,000 words left to write before the manuscript is finished, I worked out that if I commit myself to writing 1000 words a day, I could have it finished in 30 days, and then I could start sending out letters to agents. Of course, I often set these little goals for myself, and quite often they don't materialize.
Someone told me the other day that when you become a parent, you become more organised. I'd like to think this is true of myself, but I'm not so sure! Now I sit here and think "what did I used to do all day before we had the baby? We must have had SO much spare time to do nothing."
I really like to think that I could have the manuscript wrapped up and ready for editing by the end of March, becuase I'm really eager to get some letters out to agents. With the judges comments from the RWA comp, I have a good feeling about this one. I said last year was going to be the year I'd finally score that elusive publishing contract, and I'm unashamedly going to say the same thing about this year. It will be this year. Believing in yourself is half the job. I still say that, yes, I have no doubt that one day I will be a published author, it's just a matter of when. And the when is getting closer, so I should really get back to work.
PS: so far this morning I wrote 145 words before I got distracted by the internets... 855 to go for the day!