August News

This is not one of those, I’m done, I quit posts. It’s not. What it is, is just this. I’m NOT burnt out. I’m not. Okay, maybe I am. I don’t know. I still love my work, but I am completely disconnected from it. I have tried everything I can and I’m still sitting down and having bursts of work, then I’m sitting there, time passes and it’s just like there’s nothing between my pen and whatever I’m working on.
Oh, I can write like crazy and I’ve written hundreds of scripts, but I can’t draw in anything but short bursts. It’s very upsetting. I’m sitting in the middle of covid land in Texas. I’ve been in a house of people always around me and I don’t have a private space to work in, with a door.
So I’ve written, and written, and written. Then I began editing and working on writing better (and drawing better, btw, when I can, because I’m still trying to KICK it back into gear. I submitted a book, got an ask for the full manuscript. That is actually good, that one submission equaled a call for the manuscript, but it stopped there, probably because I need an editor to go further.
I put out a request to editors to see what the pricing was like and I received a message back from someone who loved the world and the characters and wanted to help polish it. Someone, who btw, has edited and chosen best selling novels by popular authors. That is special. She is on the high end of editors, but her experience would make her invaluable and erk, I was told a ten day scheduling date and went, oh…. Kaaay…. I was under the impression these things took much longer to get going!
So I am currently at, I need to make a change and I need to polish one book to send to agents, because this one isn’t a just put it on Amazon and see what happens, it’s a, this is the one that needs to be in front of people’s eyes. She offers four packages. Two might as well be millions, because they’re unattainable, that leaves a $1,000 tier and a $2,500 tier. I’m going for the lowest. It’s not a full manuscript read, but her insight and experience would be invaluable and she’s choosy. It will cost me another $1,000 later for a general edit.
At this time—yay covid—that’s even more difficult. So I’m just putting it out there. I need to make a change and open up new avenues. It may be years before I can get it picked up and if it doesn’t, I will go on to publish the entire series of a dozen novels on Amazon and self publish. It’s just that I would like to take the chance to really try to seek traditional publishing first.
So, this story I’m doing is parts and pieces of the Dragonfae things I keep doing in Patreon. This one is the lynchpin that holds the entire universe together starting witha little fairy princess ‘tricking’ a wild Dragonfae prince into being her friend. By tricking, I mean, she leaves him little bundles of treats in the forest with her smell all over them until he begins associating her with the treats. 😀 Why, yes, they do become friends… and stuff happens, lots of cool stuff! I promise you, it’s fun and not your standard fairy story, because these guys live in Texas.
I’m throwing it out there and adding, yes, I am still trying to get my comic work done. I know it’s going to get worse before it gets better. I have to sit on top of my daughter who has been out of the house four times since March. :/ School is NOT going to be fun, because it’s now all at home. 🙁 This is what’s destroying me… but I can still write.
Thank you for reading all that if you got to the end. I’ve stopped mentioning the issues with working, because it’s not going away and I’m just a broken record. I just want to write and create and draw and be left alone for 8 or 9 hours without anyone talking to me. 🙁
– Tiff


17 thoughts on “August News

  1. Ah, this is an area I might be able to help with. Granted I self-published my novel, but I’ve been around the many parts of the process, and did some queries myself.

    My first question; what is your word count? Depending on that number, I may know of an editor or two that do good work for WAY less.

    1. I have a copy editor. This is a case of I need a pro to look it over for confidence reasons. 🙂 I do have a writer group and such. She let me know she’ll be available in the future and I can contact her then i a few mintues ago. I was so afraid she was goign to think I wasn’t serious. IT’s 80k, btw, average for a middlegrade/ya. I have several full editors that come highly recommended for just under 1,000. I want to get this done right, because I will probably only try ONE time to go traditional, then I’m just self-pubbing.

      1. I have GOT to fix this text box…. I can’t see what i’m typing.

      2. Copy edits is different than content. So make sure you don’t make the mistake of misunderstanding what you’re getting. Lord knows I did that several times (I swear I learned everything the hard way).

        But it sounds like you have your resources planned. Still, I’m still willing if you want other options. I know a couple that would edit well for closer to $400-$600 (depending on the editor). After October, I can tell you exactly how good one is I already hired that would cost even less. ($414 for my 138K sci-fi. Test edit gave me HIGH confidence of her ability despite low price.)

        One other thing; traditional is a long hard road, with a lot of rejection letters. I know of no one that got accepted their first time. So think about whether or not you might want to pursue it more strongly first. Even Harry Potter got turned down 12 times.

        I am by no means an expert, but if you do go self and have questions, I’m willing to offer what insight I can.

        1. Yup, this is a content editor and I know what I’m getting. 🙂 This will be a one time thing, because I’m sure she’ll have a lot to say. As for the other, this is why I said it’ll be years. I intend to shop it around until I exhaust all avenues. If I caught the eye of a pro editor, then I have the chance to catch someone else’s interest – if it’s polished, but I can’t publish it, of course, until I’ve run it through the grind. While people who do on demand can get picked up, I want to try ONCE to go this route with something that is strong, well polished, and has a chance over the other things that are not nearly as marketable.
          I don’t have any illusions and am fine publishing them on my own after I try and try and try. 😀

        2. Sounds like you have a plan, which is more than I had starting out. So I apologize if I came off as anything improper. Just trying to help. 🙂 Best of luck to you!

          P.S. It’s not just Amazon. Very few retailers will take a book if you don’t let them buy it at only 45% of retail price. That way they make a profit even if they put the book on sale. Yay capitalism!

        3. I did get a nice list, btw, of what the edit contains. 🙂 I would get a full manuscript review at the 2,500…. which includes instruction. Obviously, that’s a dream, but for what it entails and who’s doing it.. if I had it, I would do it. Instead, I’ll take what I can get so I can be a better writer and have more confidence that I am doing some things right that Im iffy on.

        4. Also, OH NO! You didn’t come off improper! It’s okay. I’ve been listening to lectures and such and take all advice from other authors. The whole publishing thing to actually SHOW someone is new for me. I’ve doing graphic novels, as you know, not written ones. 😀

    2. To be clear, this is a TEACHING thing as well. I want to know her thoughts on my work, because this is very serious for me.
      Most people know I have confidence issues with my writing. It’s why I didn’t write for so many eyars on AD, then you’ll notice the massive improvement in the current stuff. I got really seriouis. I found TOOLS that work for me! I read and I’ve studied. I’m seriously not just sitting doing nothing. 😀 I’m learining. 😀

    3. BTW, I have your book marked to purchase. 😀

      1. Aw shucks. Thanks.

        If you plan to get print vs ebook, you can order it through my personal store as well. More money goes to me, I think shipping is slightly cheaper (not 100% sure), and if you so desire, no charge to have it signed and/or personalized.

        1. Haha, yes, I marked your personal page. I know exactly what garbage Amazon pulls. 😀 😀

  2. “So I am currently at, I need to make a change and I need to polish one book to send to agents, because this one isn’t a just put it on Amazon and see what happens…” One foot after the other. It’s great you have even considered (let alone have on hand) a copy editor. ” I was so afraid she was goign to think I wasn’t serious.” Sure you’re serious, you’ve been doing this for, er, most of my youth. :p

    1. You made me smile and feel old at the same time. 😀 Congrats! At least I’m smiling. 😀

  3. We humans are normally creatures of habit. Doing many of the same behaviors on a regular basis. That said, we also, at least most of us, need to break that routine to get out of our rut. And this present pandemic has locked us in a routine that is stifling. Most so for those with a higher creative life. We all do something to break the routine on a regular basis. Go shopping, take a hike, visit family or friends. That type of ‘disruption’ to shake the cobwebs that have taken hold of our minds. Denied being able to shake it up, sets many people into a mental lock-down. I’ve been hearing about the number of people that are developing mental problems. I suppose this is another form of cabin fever. Which has me concerned if things continue as they are. I am lucky enough, in some ways, to have a job that has me outside most of the time. Those people living in a tight, close urban area are not so lucky. I have a yard at least to enjoy. But that only goes so far. The idiot box (TV) is not solution either. The internet and computer games don’t do much either. How to solve this? No easy or quick answer sadly. Understanding what is happening and why helps for some. I guess for some people reading a book helps, some.

    We need a fix some how. And I just don’t know how other then a inoculation against this blasted virus.

  4. Oh Tiff, I can so relate to the desire to be left ALONE! I have a five year old and a three year old. The five year old will be starting Kindergarten in two days, but it’s at home. SUCK! At least if he was a preteen we could find ways to interact with his friends. Since he just started school last year, and the year was cut short, I haven’t connected with any of the parents, so he hasn’t had any friends since last March. Plus, he’s got the energy of a bowl of sugary frosted chocobombs. I actually cheered on his very first day of school ever. My friends were like, “Oh you’ll be so sad! You’re going to miss him so much!” I’m either heartless or this kid just wears me out, but I did not miss him being home.
    My three-year-old is clingy as all get out. Most of the time it’s really sweet, but then it’s dinner time and she’s hugging my leg and crying every time I try to remove her.
    Then there’s the dog. The dog is a sweetheart, but she will not eat unless I’m downstairs, she will rarely go outside unless I tell her, and she sleeps touching me ALL NIGHT LONG!
    I can’t imagine having all of this and trying to be artistic. I have adult coloring books and I haven’t touched them in a month because I’m just drained of all my juices at the end of the day.
    All of that HUGE message, that you probably don’t have time to finish, to say that I feel you. You just do what you need to do to get through this time. Your fans will still be here, cheering you from the sidelines. Congratulations for getting the editor and for getting it so quickly! I hope that you find someone who can maybe watch the kids for you so you can have some privacy for awhile. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

    1. *lauigh!* I enjoyed reading that. 😀 I feel you, heheh. And thank you. 🙂 (Grr, thought I fixed my message box… I’m going to have to change colors.Can’t see anything I’m typing.

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