Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's... So... Blurry...

I'm currently on edit four of the (previously titled) manuscript The Waif and the Bad Boy. I've edited, changed, rewritten, and added all new chapters. I've read and re-read the manuscript word-for-word almost four times. I kept the ending, and gutted a lot of what was in the middle.

And now I'm at that point.

YOU know that point. That point where you hate everything you've just written? Where you can't possibly read it one more time? Where the words are all blurry and none of it makes any sense anymore and you add in and take out the word "that" half a dozen times?

I hate that point.

I'm trying (frantically) to get this book Kindle (and Nook!) ready by this weekend. I don't have any particular reason for THIS weekend, but I just want to. I've stayed up until 1:00 A.M. every night almost every work day and until almost 3:00 A.M. every weekend night for over a week (over a week?) trying to get this done.

And, of course, I'm still toying with the idea of having it REALLY edited. The super-y awesome Jane Rutherford offered to read my work pre-publishing, and I just keep thinking it's a good idea. (Thank you, Jane, btw!!) I mean, I'm sure I missed something somewhere in there.

I've also been over at the Kindle Boards lately (link to the right). NICEST. GROUP. EVER. Holy cow. Sooooo nice. I pop in when I need a quick break from editing to see what topics are being posted about, and there's always some interesting discussion happening. Someone warned me it was addictive being there, and man, were they right!

AND I sent in an inquiry to iStock photos to see if I could use their photos on a Kindle book cover and a print-on-demand book. I THINK I can (other Kindle publishers have), but I'm not sure about the print-on-demand book. I e-mailed them on Sunday night and still no response. I'm starting to get a little ticked off. It's a pretty simple question! As soon as I hear back (maybe before, if I get impatient!) I'll reveal the cover of my new book, along with the title. I even made a trailer! It's not as cool as my trailer for The Quest of Dai, but I'm a little biased--I love Dai.

Ahhh! Okay. Back to editing. The goal? To be done on Saturday! Then Saturday's blog? The cover and trailer (and title!) reveal of the latest manuscript! Wish me luck!


Jane Rutherford said...

I don't think anyone ever called me "super-y awesome", but I think I like it. And you're more than welcome (and more than welcome to take me up on the offer).

To be honest, I don't think driving yourself so hard is good. I mean by the end, you'll likely either not see the things that need the edits or edit stuff that's perfectly fine. Then again, everybody had a deadline to meet at some point, so I feel a bit hypocritical telling you this :P

I don't know about iStock photo, but a friend of mine, Joanna Penn (she blogs at thecreativepenn.com) is lauching her book soon, and her cover is really impressive. She's publishing it in print as well, so you can ask her where did she get the graphics.

Now I'm waiting for Saturday!

Vivian Marie said...

I think you're right... When you push yourself, you can't see what's right in front of you anymore. And then you see things that aren't there! It's a rough, rocky road... I actually ended up taking a few days off after this post (not on purpose, really, it was to work on a fanfic!) and I think it was probably good for me. Except now I don't really want to go back to editing! LOL! What a grind.

I think I might just edit the book description and call it good... ;) I'm so lazy. (I say that, but I know I'm going to edit the book description and then head right back into Word so I can keep editing!)

Also, thank you again and again, both for the editing offer and your friend's name! I will definitely check out her book, too. Any friend of yours is a friend of mine! <3