Wow. How is it already March? That was one heck of a winter. Was it incredibly eventful and scheduled for you too?
Seeing as how I haven’t posted to the blog since the Shift Series Re-Release (which was AWESOME, btw!) I thought now would be a good time for a quick “What Am I Working On?” post!
First and foremost, I’ve added some self-care/self-kindness to my goals and habits for 2019. I’m more than two months in, and I’ve got to tell you, it’s been SO worth it! I’m going to write a future post about the five-minute reflection excersize I do each night because it’s been revolutionary, so stay tuned for that!
In the land of Elle-the-author goals, I’m currently focused on completing the re-write/major revision of my current work in progress, currently titled Cloaked. I wasn’t certain about this re-write when I first started it, but within a few chapters, I knew the effort would be well worth it. The draft I finished a couple of weeks ago is set up to be light years more compelling than the original (and the original kept my beta readers reading, so, yeah. Hoping this might be a stay-up-all-night kind of book. You’re welcome!)
Beyond that, I’ve been digging into the Facebook and Instagram advertising engines, and I frequently thank my lucky stars for my background in digital display advertising. Without that, I would be much more lost and much less successful. So, if you see an ad for SHIFT floating around on either Facebook or Instagram, give a little cheer into the universe for me!
Anyway, it’s WAY too late and I should be in bed, so I’ll wrap up. But tell me how your 2019 has gone so far! I want the deets, so comment below or shoot me a message!
Love you all! Stay badass!
It’s time for another ‘What Am I Working On?’ post!
Right now, I am deep in edit-mode for the project I’m currently working on: a paranormal romance set in New Orleans, code named CLOAK (click the link to go to the Pinterest board for this project). I mentioned CLOAK in my last ‘What Am I Working On’ post, where I was only about halfway through the first draft. I gotta say, I’m pretty happy with how efficiently I finished that draft–and the overall quality of it!
My editing process goes something like this:
- Read/Revise/Edit in Scrivener – this step is mostly about spotting obvious errors, tightening up scenes and taking care of any final to-dos. This is also the step where I confirm the order of scenes and make the first pass at inserting chapter breaks.
- Export to MS Word
- Read/Revise/Edit in MS Word + Grammarly – In this step, things get more serious. I read the whole books again, with a tool called Grammarly (think MS Word spell checker on steroids) running alongside. In this step, I also firm up the chapter breaks and further nitpick sentences.
- Send to my Alpha Readers for review! (This time, I have 4 Alpha Readers lined up and ready to go!)
- Take a break – while my Alpha Readers read and comment, I try not to look at the manuscript at all, so I come back to it with fresh eyes for step 6.
- Apply Alpha Reader notes – In this step, I go through each set of Alpha Reader notes and apply them to the manuscript. Sometimes I have to make hard decisions, but for the most part, this is very cut and dry.
- Final Formatting – This time around, I’ll be formatting it for submission to publishers/agents, which means some different tweaks than formatting it for e-book publishing.
- Send to my Beta Readers for review! – I’m not sure if I’ll be sending this to Beta Readers this time around. My Alpha Readers are awesome. It will depend on what kinds of notes I get back from them if I feel the story needs another round of review before submitting. So this step is TBD.
- Submit! I’ll be pitching this manuscript at Emerald City Writers Conference in October, so its first submission is coming up quick! Ready or not, here I come!