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I was so excited when I arranged a book launch party for Hiram’s Boy, the third book in the Pierce Family Saga series. I made sure to order copies in time for the December 6, 2017, launch date. Hiram’s Boy is my seventh novel but the first to launch in a brick and mortar bookstore. The promised arrival time for the copies was December 4. When December 1 arrived and I still had no word that the books had been shipped, I contacted the printer. Due to a flood of orders, printing had been contracted out. It seemed there was a glitch with my shipment. I should have the books by December 6, the day of the launch. That didn’t happen. What to do?
A Book Launch without Books
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Where I have Been
Sadly I have not written since summer. It has gone so quickly that time slipped by.
I have been busy! About a month ago I sent my first manuscript to Writers Edge. A group that helps Christian Authors get their proposal out to Christian Publishers. They read and accepted my MG novel and gave me a few things to work on. I am encouraged by their words and hope to soon hear from a publisher or two. (fingers crossed) They send the list to 71 publishers.
I have also written the rough draft for the second book. I had written about three chapters and during November (NANO) I completed the general story. Now the work begins. I have started the re-writing and editing and so far I like what I have. I wrote a lot of dialogue and now I must work to make it appealing and add some depth.
I will take this opportunity to wish everyone who reads this a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.
This has been quite a summer. I have had very little writing time. I have used some of the tools learned in the fiction class to revise my manuscript again and I am hopeful that I will begin the query process soon.
I would like to think that I will be able to have a book in print in at least one year. I have seriously thought about self-publishing but I am going to give traditional another try, because of the middle-grade genre.
My characters have all undergone make-overs and I have much more diversity in the book. Young people today have much of the same challenges that I did but also have a much more diverse world. They are also connected by social media, which make the world much smaller. We are connected to people of other cultures and beliefs more closely.
The little bit of my book that I shared with my class came under scrutiny because of my “Hallmark” writing style. I am trying to make it have more dimension without losing the innocence of the age of my characters. Making their problems a little harder to resolve has been a challenge.
I loved, Pollyanna, Heidi, Ann of Green Gables, Little House on the Prairie, and I still love Hallmark movies. I want to offer a book that touches on the problems that young people deal with without making them insurmountable. I love happy endings and in my books I will always want to eventually reach that positive resolution. I just have to balance that with the struggle they have to go through to get there.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!
Well, I certainly did not intend for a month to pass but it has and woosh it was gone.
I have been re-writing my little book and I continue to learn. I am taking a fiction class at the University and the learning curve is huge. Some things in the tool box I was using naturally and just didn’t know it had a name but sooo many are tools that I didn’t know existed.
My book is directed at middle grade but it is still too tidy; too Pollyanna.
I am working to correct that and add more dimension. My protagonist has a gift of incredible faith but she is still a 12 to 13 year old girl. I have worked out most of that but I still have the problem of her not struggling enough to find solutions. She can see her Guardian Angel and she has chats with her but ultimately the decisions she makes are her own. I want to create tension without making it too complex.
I am also taking a look at the secondary characters and deciding if they are developed enough. The third character is Zach. He is best friends with the protagonist but other than going to the same youth group my reader doesn’t know much about him.
I am also reading the manuscript and looking for imagery, and narration. I have a lot of dialogue and internal dialogue but not a lot of narration.
I will never look at another book without thinking about how much the author thought and re-wrote and then re-wrote again. I have a much greater respect for writers!!
I can look at a chapter and see it as a scene and I can use the tools given to us in our fiction class and take it apart paragraph by paragraph. AMAZING!! I find metaphors, drawing the reader in with the senses, or painting a scene and letting the reader discover through dialogue and implication what they want to reveal. I can tell where the writer builds tension or sets tone.
I haven’t had a lot of time to revise my own work but when I do I will have a lot of skills to make it a better manuscript.
I have been sorely tempted to work with a publishing company that does the marketing and publishing but it is pricey and you are basically paying someone to publish instead of being paid to publish. It is a mix of vanity and self publishing.
Sooo I am going to review my book again, find ways to improve it and continue the query process. I have has some good feedback and suggestions and will consider all of those things as I continue the journey.
The good news is, I have written about three chapters of the second book and my characters are changing and growing. I am learning so much in the fiction class that I am taking and I will look at my transcript differently and with new tools as I review it this time.
The process can be frustrating and even a little discouraging but I am truly enjoying the adventure. It is opening a completely new world for me and I love every minute of it. I am anxious to finish this project and begin another chapter. Maybe a poetry chapbook or another fiction genre. There are only the boundaries we impose on ourselves.