So..I finished my first book. Now what?

10 05 2010

Weather: High: 61º and sunny. Cold breeze. Vaguely springlike.

Yes, you read that right. I finally finished writing When the Lights Go Down,  although I’m still doing the final read through post-editing for continuity and plot trimming. (The book ended up a 118K beast. Needs some trimming. )

So. What’s next? Well, I’m lining up a list of possible agents to approach. And publishers I think might be interested in the type of story I’ve written (Paranormal Romance leaning towards Urban Fantasy.)  Query letter is on deck to be written. And I’m shaking in my boots. I realize that I will probably get rejected, and that I’m actually cool with. It’s the possibility of getting published that has me a little anxious. Weird, huh?

Also, so I don’t play a waiting game while the inspiration is flowing,  I’ve already started on book #2, currently titled Dark of the Mirror, though that is subject to change.  I’m ignoring the 50k I’ve already got written, and am attempting to create a new outline. I want the story to flow from the first book, and although there are elements there already that fit in, there is a lot more that flies right in the face of the series. Fundamental stuff that is part worldbuilding and part contradiction of previously established characters.  More disconcerting is the fact that I’m looking at the possibility of completely trashing my main male character and completely re-writing him. So. A fresh start even though I have a half written book. The plot is the thing. It’s a keeper, with a few tweaks.

Additionally, the third book in this trilogy is also getting outlined so that I can have it ready to work on come the end of book#2. Then following that, there are two other trilogies, at minimum, to come within this universe.

The other big thing in the works, aside from the actual books, is my website. I’ve secured the domain, I just need to get to work on the actual site.  I’m going to be embedding this blog there once I get all the images & programming done. (Did I mention I do web design as well? No? Just call me a jill of all trades. 😉 )  I’ll post the link as soon as I get it up and running.

On the personal front, Brian and I are still working towards our move to Seattle this fall. We’re actively looking for jobs, and hoping to take a trip back out there again so we can look for a place to rent. We have a long wishlist of places/ neighborhoods we’d like to plant ourselves, but we’ll see what we can finagle in this economy. Our current house is getting purged of excess stuff (I recently parted with about 7 boxes of VHS tapes–all went to recycling — and we’re wading through our library, trying to pare back our huge number of books. ). We’re also trying to scrape together the funds for house repairs & the eventual hiring of a home inspector, just to cover our butts.

So. A lot on the plate. But the one major thing that’s changed recently is my mentality. For a very long time, progress has been stunted by the demands of others and the obligations placed upon us that were, to be as polite as possible, ridiculously over the top. Well, as of last month, that stopped. Because we said no.  At some point in your life, you need to put your foot down and tell people no. No, I won’t put my life on hold for you anymore. No, I appreciate your input, but I know what we need to do. No, your emotional histrionics are not more important than our peace of mind.  Just….NO.

When the prospect of a new life, with all the fresh possibilities and potential opportunities, lands in your lap, you need to grab it by the reins and let it take you. There is a small death in waiting for a safe opportunity.  Chances are meant to be taken, even with the possibility of failure on the table. Some of the greatest success stories start with a few small failures. The determining factor is whether you sit back and accept the failure, or use it as an opportunity to try something different.

I am not afraid of failure or rejection.

I’m afraid of a life of missed opportunities and never tried chances.

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2 responses

10 05 2010

Nothing wrong with trashing main characters when they need to grow or change. Chris and I did it for all of the main characters in MB. I cannot wait to hear about your website and new blog and the big upcoming move. 😀

11 05 2010

Yuip. Just…I think because this was a mashing up of two different stories originally, and the main character was being “De-fan-ficced” for story purposes, there’s some awkwardness in the plot & the character. Need to do an overhaul. Have some ideas, just need to flesh them out a bit.

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