Friday night services. Saturday morning services. My niece’s last Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra concert. Then there was the 45,000 Word Challenge, which was to get to 45,000 words before I could start reading The Hunger Games, a deal I made with my friend Sarah, as I knew that every hour spent reading would be an hour not spent writing. I completed it, and wrote over 2,000 words from Wednesday to Friday.
I’m currently on a 50,000 Word Challenge. I’m behind my self-made schedule, so I want to ramp up the effort a bit and am pushing to get to 50,000 words by April 30th. I started the challenge on April 17th and have written over 4,000 words in–wow–five days (haven’t yet written today, as I only just had breakfast half an hour ago and am trying to wake up).
I am negotiating a cover deal with an excellent artist, Julie Dillon. I’m planning on an August book launch. I’ll be needing a professional copy editor and proofreader availabe to start in early July and deliver it to me by the end of the month. Also a typographer to design the cover. If anyone out there reading this blog is one of the above, or knows of one, send me an email. I’ll be wanting to see examples of covers designed for the typographer, and references for the copy editor and proofreader, as well as rates desired and expected time needed.
I am also looking for a good IP attorney in Virginia.
The book is going well. I’m finding myself even more inspired after reading (and seeing) The Hunger Games, which is excellent in both book and movie form.
As for you, my dear readers, well, get ready for your part in the plan sometime in August. I’m developing a marketing plan side-by-side with the novel, and you’re a part of the marketing plan.
I may be posting the first few chapters sometime before the book is launched. I haven’t figured out the whole plan yet, but I will let you know.