Monday, January 07, 2008

And the Cogs Start Turning.

Today the publishing industry is officially back in business! Some publishers and agencies have been doing some work for the last few weeks, but today all of publishing is back to moving full speed ahead. Which is awesome for people like me who are waiting for things. Plus it makes the online world more interesting. Bloggers will start blogging again, message boards will resume normal activities, e-mailing will now commence!:)

At least until summer when everything will slow down to about three-quarters speed again.

And since this is now my job, I guess I have to get to work too. (Actually, that's nto entirely true. I got about 15,000 words written over the holiday break.) I am about 30,000 words into my sequel and my goal is to write at least 1,000 words a day unless I am actively working on edits for book one.

It's a little weird that I suddenly have a job. I never intended to have a career; I've always wanted to be a stay-at-home-mom . . . and I still am, technically. But now I have a job too. Bizarre.

So what are you doing now that publishing is back in full swing? Sending out queries? Finishing that novel? Are you working on edits too?



angelle said...

you're living my dream. though funny enough, growing up, i always assumed i'd have a "real" career. like in an office. go to business school, that kind of thing. now, i'd like nothing more than what you're doing. write by day. with a few kiddies running around. sigh.

good luck.

Anonymous said...

I second that, you are living my dream too. Except that I never planned on having a career and so far I don't. :) Love the time spent with my kids. Don't regret it at all.
However, I do plan on finishing my first draft this month. I'm almost there...and maybe next year I will be living my own dream instead of vicariously enjoying yours.


p.s. I happen across your blog a few weeks ago and wanted to congratulate you. Hooray!

cyn said...

i'm working on my synopsis, and i'm so lost!

i'll be sending out queries after the writing conference, last weekend of january.

2008 will be a great one for you!

moonrat said...

hmm, SOMEone didn't get the publishing "holiday break" she keeps reading about on everyone else's blogs. how about that?! do i have to wait for SUMMER now?!

you'll do great. although it's kind of funny-- stay-at-home mom is one of the FEW full-time (meaning round-the-clock) jobs out there. then you went out and found ANOTHER around-the-clock job. you must be a...what do they call those people? oh yeah. workaholic. too bad they don't have meetings for people like us.

David L. McAfee said...

Nope. No edits here. Just getting back into the swing of writing (it's been a while).

Helen said...

I started cranking out on the book rewrites over Christmas, with the relief that, after chapter one was done, it was definitely getting better as a whole. I finished a short story and started a new one.

Busy Christmas.

And I have to agree that you're living (half) of my dream, anyway. Hopefully maybe next year I can stop living vicariously through other people's achievements. ;)

Michelle Zink said...

I'm hoping to have my first-pass edits done sometime next week.

Hopefully, now that the kids are back in school I can get on a regular writing schedule again!

Write on, all!

Demon Hunter said...

I am working on edits and screaming and pullimg my hair out. Oh yes, plus working my state job (overworked and underpaid), trying not to have an Aneurysm. But I'm okay! :*)

Carrie said...

I was also glad to see publishing come back -- it was so boring without all the blogs and sales!

Right now I'm finishing up edits to send into copy-editing and then it's time to start on book 2!

Happy writing!

Jamie Ford said...

Here's to the dream.

The UPS man brought me a marked-up manuscript on Dec. 21st, which I edited and sent back January 7th.

Now it's back to book #2.

Heidi the Hick said...

I absolutely need to fix up my book so that I can send it to the new list of agents I looked up over the holidays. I'm having a very hard time getting excited about editing again. I spent all of last year editing!

I'm a stay at home mother too. It was really hard to stay at writing when I was up to my eyeballs in babies and the depression that came with them (which was never properly diagnosed) and I think you're really doing great- kids and a novel about to be published! I'm really happy for you!!

I think this is a career that can work for women like us who want to work at home. I just takes self-discipline. I for one have a lot more of that now than I did a few years ago.

I need to get back to writing new words too.

Here's to a great year!

Church Lady said...

I'm writing my second book, which feels really nice, and I'm going to query my first book in about a month or so. (to publishers this time, not agents)

Feels great to be on a routine again!!

Trish Doller said...

I just finished the revisions for my agent and have started on my second book. That'll keep me busy while we're subbing Unbecoming :)