Hello, friends! And welcome to August! Yay! Three more weeks til school and my normal routine will return. Phew!
Over the last week I've put myself through an intense revision boot camp, so I thought I'd share what worked best, since I'm no stranger to hefty revision requirements. If you remember a couple months back I'd just finished my first draft and was relishing the euphoria that came with my creation--that "It's Alive!" moment when our projects take on a life of their own.
But I knew revisions would be coming, because let's face it, no one puts out a perfect first draft, and if you do, well I hate you. lol ... just kidding. That'd be jealousy speaking.
I sent out the first draft to my long time trusty and amazing CP, as well as a brand new CP, of whose opinion I was very interested, and let the shredding commence. I also participated in the Whip It Blogfest and made a new connection for a beta reader, and sent the story to her as well. Then, I waited.
The waiting is always the hardest part because you feel helpless and unproductive, but it's also a necessary step back from the story. Ended up being a month before all the feedback was in, (which isn't bad at all) and there were some major revision suggestions to improve the structure--of which I totally agreed with. It was what I couldn't put my finger on.
But it'd be a LOT of work, that during the busy summer, wasn't going to be convenient at all. And I wasn't even sure how I'd tackle them. I felt like I'd been served up an elephant and a timer and expected to consume it within minutes. That was because I was anxious to get in there and get'er done. But how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
I gave myself a few more weeks to let the ideas marinate and form my course of action. Then, I begged my hubby for two full days all to myself so I could bust out the shears and hacksaw and blowtorch and get in there. He's so awesome, and he knows how much my stories mean to me. He let me have the two days and I used each to its fullest. Boot camp with chocolate bars! After the hard part was done, I sent it to my kindle and did another two day straight read-through. And found LOTS to fix that way. One more day of boot camp let me transfer my notes to the actual manuscript and polish it off to a brilliant shine. (well, that's what I'm hoping anyway)
And voila! Revisions are done (til the next batch) and the story ready for its next round of beta readers. How do you like them apples?? ;)
Moving on, today I'm thrilled to be a part of Nancy LaRonda Johnson's Salted with Fire blog tour:
If you don't already know Nancy, you can find her at her blog right here. And i just know you'll love her.
She's got two books out now:
Anticipation of the Penitent is a dark tale of good vs. evil. You can purchase it on Amazon, and Smashwords.
And Salted with Fire is a journey of flash fiction and poetry, and it's on sale right now on Amazon, and Smashwords.
Big congrats to Nancy!!
Also FYI, one of our fellow bloggers, Stina Lindenblatt, recently let her web domain expire before renewing--one with her own personal name--and someone swooped in and bought it before she could renew. Which means she lost all her following and is starting all over. This happened right before her big announcement of an agent and a book deal, too!! Can you imagine?? So be aware of this and watch out for your domains. And head over to Stina's new blog and congratulate her!
How about you? Have you ever had a domain swiped out from under you? Tell me about your revision process---similar to mine or do you have a better method? Dont forget to visit Nancy and Stina today!!! Have a fantastic weekend!!