My Time at The Surrey International Writers Conference

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author | Posted on 21-10-2017

My first day at #Siwc17 is complete. Interesting things happened, not all joyful. For the first time in a pitch, I did not get asked to submit. This affirmed my thoughts to turn to self-publishing.

I don’t want to diminish my experience with Angela Ackerman and my blue pencil. Brilliant suggestions have motivated me to rework the beginning of my book. A new beginning than I had originally intended, it introduces the antagonist of my story. It obviously needs more work, but I’m excited to do it. Characters who have multiple dimension, are more believable. That is my purpose in this scene, but I need to do a better job of showing that he has a reason for seeking revenge. This information will need to percolate in my brain for a while.

Today, Saturday, I’ll attended a workshop on beginner self-publishers. I’m not sure exactly what it’s all about, but I need to learn more. One of the first things that I will need to plan to do, when I return home, is to find an editor who I can work with. This will take some time for more than one reason. First I need to pull together some funds to pay for it. Second, I need to find an editor who wants to work with me, and who I am comfortable working with. I have no doubt that there is a lot of work to be done.

In the meantime I have four workshop sessions to attend. Besides the “Self-Publishing Virgins”, this morning I will attend ‘Rejected but Not Denied”. These, as with all the other workshops I attend here at #siwc17, should give me an amazing amount of information with which to work.

I am at a turning point with my writing. My purpose now is to get my 1st book out for people to read. There are definite steps to fulfill this goal. It will take work and dedication, but I have that. Time to get out there, take control and learn what my next steps will be.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

 

Barely Over a Week Until The Surrey International Writers Conference

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 09-10-2017

A week from Wednesday and I’ll be on vacation. A week from Thursday and I’ll be on a plane to The Surrey International Writers Conference. I’m just as excited for this conference, as I have been for others in the past. I’m not sure why, I have less reason to believe in my ability to write a publishable novel.

Time and again, I write a short story for a contest. I have not had any indication that any of them have any valuable dimension. This may sound like crying in my beer, and, even though I prefer wine, maybe it is. Each week, I expose my heart for the critique of one of my children at my writers’ group. Everyone is kind and generous with their feedback. I hope it is not just because that is the number one rule of the group that I am their ringleader. Sounds kinda pitiful, so I’m going to stop here.

This year at Surrey, the three pages I am taking are the new beginning pages of my book “Not Too Late Forever”. I also need to do some work on my pitch. It’s very scary to put your creations out there and have them critiqued, especially by published authors and professional agents. I can only hope that this will be the time the agent will not only say send me your work, but also “I want to work with you.”

This time next week, I will start planning on what I will do for NaNoWriMo. I don’t want to start something new. There are five books that I have a good solid start with. What I’m thinking of is to work on Book 2 in The Naldo Series, “Naldo Calls”. I will just need to be very careful of how I count the new words I add. During this time I need to continue, the slow yet steady building of “Misty’s Magical Shed”. “Misty’s” is just too much fun not to work on. Add to that, I have made a commitment to write another short story for, yet another contest. Time to get back to work on my writing.

Until next week, keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

 

Great Week in Southern Oregon

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 03-10-2017

Tonight I’m putting in my time for The Creative Hour, because Monday and Wednesday nights are dedicated to pickleball for the school quarter. I feel very lucky to be in the group that gets to play at the local community college.

That means I will work harder on the edit of my book “Not Too Late Forever” and writing of “Misty’s Magical Shed the other days in the week.

I also need to work on the pitch for The Surrey International Writers Conference. Maybe I’ll put it on here and ask your opinion. That will be part of my post for next week.

For now, I’m going to spend the rest of The Creative Hour on the edit of my first book. Hope this is the time someone sees value in my writing. Wish me luck. I will persevere.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi