Sunday, July 23, 2017

Editing Updates!

I just started chapter 9, chapter 8 was tough to get through since it was a total rewrite.  Honestly the first 10 chapters had to be rewritten since I wrote them years ago and they don't fit with the rest of the story.  That's why it's taking me so long to get past them.  Once I'm done with chapter 10 hopefully it'll be smooth sailing. 😌

I'm stuck, I'm not sure if the way I'm editing is right, if that's makes sense.  Sometimes I feel like what I'm editing sounds amazing and other times I'm annoyed at what I'm reading.  I guess that's what beta-readers are for.πŸ˜•  I've been doing well with my social media ban, without it I don't think I would be as far as I am with editing.  Also once I finish chapter 10 I'm rewarding myself by making another YouTube video, it's more motivation to get through these difficult chapters. 

I'm trying to keep my mind off querying and my query letter until I'm completely done with editing.  I have been attempting to round up literary agents I think would be a good fit and it's intimidating.  Not sure how I'm going to find 10 agents let alone 50-100.  Also I deleted my book from Goodreads, on purpose since now I don't know if I'll be traditionally published or self published.  

A lot may change so until I know for certain I'm going to keep it off there.  I added it back too prematurely. πŸ˜“  I've been stressed because I don't know if I'm making the right decisions and I hate that I'm a perfectionist!  I'm thinking of finding betas to read the first 10 chapters once I'm done, even though I want to be done with my book fully it'll give me closure to hear the opinions of other people since I'm so iffy about these chapters. 

Hopefully I'll have a better update next time, thanks for reading! 😏

If you're interested in beta reading please email me at authorlanellehall@yahoo.com

Monday, July 17, 2017

Why I'm traditionally publishing! (trying)

It's seems a bit abrupt that I'm deciding to try traditional publishing.  It was.  No lie.  I want to state my reasons for this big change and why I feel it's the best thing for me right now. 

1. Money.  Self publishing takes money, lots of money if you want your book to look good, be well edited, and marketed.  Money I don't have right now and I don't like the idea of crowdfunding personally even though I was thinking of taking that route.  With traditional publishing of course that won't be a problem.

2. More exposure.  I want this book to be in bookstores, Walmart, Target, etc.  I want it to be as accessible as possible so my target audience can find it.  With self publishing this isn't impossible but it's a lot harder.

3.  Mean Boys is extremely marketable.  It deals with so many relevant current topics. (which actually was unintentional)  Bullying.  Blackmail.  Revenge porn.  It's provocative, edgy, diverse, sexy.  All of the above and I'm sure it'll entice literary agents unless I write a horrible query letter. 

So here's a few of my reasons, it's still surreal that I'm even trying.  I don't know if anything will happen.  Maybe my book isn't as marketable as I think, or not well written, or too long, etc.  Nonetheless this is my decision, for now.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

It begins!

Cut my social media ban for a moment 
only to tweet this out. 
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Querying?

I've never thought of traditionally publishing, never.  

Which is weird because I'm sure that's the goal of most writers, being on authortube has brought it into my mind.  Why not traditionally publish?  (or try anyways.)  I've always assumed it was this impossible intimidating vortex of being rejected.  Or being accepted and paid very little while waiting years for your book to come out.  But the closer I get to finishing MB the more the idea of it intrigues me.

This maybe premature and I might change my mind but I think I'm going to start querying to literary agents.  

Yes, to be traditionally published.  

This is a huge thing for me because I've never thought of doing it, I've been adamant about self publishing for years, but why not?  Why not try?  I have nothing to lose in the process except being told no which is life.  Mean Boys deserves the chance to be traditionally published so it can get into the hands of as many readers as possible.  So I've decided once I'm done editing and getting the opinions of beta readers I'm going to begin querying.

This is huge but I don't think I realize how HUGE it is.  Of course if querying fails I'll go back to my original plans and self publish.  I wanted to make this post to get it off my mind so I can focus back on editing. 

I'm terrified but excited to try.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Mean Boys is on Goodreads!

Mean Boys is back on Goodreads
please add it to your bookshelves
if you're interested!  Thanks. 😏

Monday, July 10, 2017

Taking a break from social media!

As of today I'm working on chapter 8 of my edits, I had to split a chapter so now my overall amount is 29.  I'm realizing I'm not editing as fast as I'm capable of, for me editing isn't hard.  I think I'm a good self editor and I also use text to speech.  The problem is I get distracted easily.  I've had this problem forever which is why it's taken me so long to get to this point.  So I've made the conscious decision to take a break from social media except YouTube, Blogger, and Facebook (which I'm rarely on anyways).  I want to do it for 30 days to focus entirely on editing.  Soon I'll start job hunting and I know that once I find one I won't have as much time to dedicate to MB.  I want to utilize the time I have now as much as possible.  

The first 10 chapters of MB are the WORST.  They're the longest, I wrote them years ago, and they're in past tense (I changed the story to present).  After I get through those I have a feeling editing will be smooth sailing even with a job, then off to the betas.  I've decided to have a complete document for the beta readers instead of going chapter by chapter because I feel it'll be easier and less chaotic.  Especially for the amount of betas I hope to get.  (At least 10, contact me if interested!)

I've been thinking about my cover and how I want it too look.  It'll be entirely different from the old one, the ideas I have excite me so much!  If done right it's going to be gorgeous, the type of cover you can't look away from.  I'm even thinking of doing a rough sketch so the artist knows exactly what I'm going for.  In YA you must have a cover that stands out, no matter what.  Teens are attracted to vivid pretty things, people are in general.  

I can't wait to start the process, hopefully by October at the latest.

There's so much to do till then. πŸ˜…πŸ˜