Today has been a day of tidying up and taking stock, checking notebooks and drafts, starting to shift some editing to make way in the working day, and some short writing to keep that writing muscle exercised. I’ve made some decisions, I’ve tidied up my workspace and writing bag, and I’ve started work.
Twee Tales One
Twee Tales One is my first anthology of short stories. For those not already in possession of a copy, here’s a link. ;-)
Twee Tales Too
I’ve collated 10 stories so far and have designed the cover. At the moment it’s sitting at 12,977 words. I need just 2 more stories, preferably longer ones, and then this one will be going into production.
Baggins Bottom Best Bits Book One
I’ve decided that I’m going to start to electronic-ify (!) this paperback and make the ebook free. The paperback will still be paid for as there are production costs still involved with a proper, tangible book.
Baggins Bottom Best Bits Book Two
I’ve decided I’m going to start collating the posts from 2006 onwards into the second book. I’ve already got the cover designed (it’s an orange version of Book One), and again the paperback will be paid for, probably the same price as Book One, but the ebook will be free.
The Beast Within is the sequel to Night Crawler and currently stands at 5,098 words.
Catch the Rainbow is the prequel to Night Crawler and currently stands at 9,743 words.
I’ll probably alternate between these 2 books for my long projects. When I run out of steam on one, I’ll leave it to percolate while I work on the other. Then, hopefully, by the time I run out of steam on that one and go back, I’ll have lots of ideas formulating in my head.
We Also Served
I need to sit down and look at what interview material I already have and try and knock it into shape so I can make a sample first chapter. The publisher interested in it only wants to see one sample chapter, whereas they usually ask to see the first 3 chapters.
They are waiting for this outline and sample chapter; there’s apparently a 3-book contract waiting on it too. I need to build this work into my working week.
Short writing work
Today I’ve written a short review for the blog of 425 words and the first draft of a reader’s letter of 43 words.
Next jobs on the short writing work list are the first draft of a new short story, The Complete Angler, and the second draft of a filler for the Guardian newspaper.
This short story and the next one I want to complete, Breaking the Ice, are the 2 I’m hoping to add to Twee Tales Too. If it comes up too short, I have a very short-short (of 60 words) that can come out, and the next story on the list, Don’t Break a Leg, can go in.
This week I have a short story in My Weekly called Alexandra’s Ragtag Band. This was a story I wrote for a competition 2 years ago. It started out as 1,750 words, and when My Weekly accepted it for publication, they asked me to pare it down to 1,400 words. And, of course, I obliged. My original version of this story is already in Twee Tales Too.
Each week or so, usually at least every fortnight, I also write a very short walks report, apx 300 words, which I then send to 6 local newspapers. This is the only free work I do. It’s for a charity group I used to be a member of and it keeps me in the sights of the various newspaper editors. Unfortunately, I’m no longer a member of the charity and shouldn’t really be doing the publicity for them, so I’m handing over the reins of this one to someone else in the group in October. I’m hoping this will free up some time to concentrate on all of this other work.
I’m currently in the middle of a first hard-copy edit of a non-fiction book. I’m hoping that will be done tomorrow so I can start the electronic edit and get it sent back to the client. The next job on the editing list is a new novel from a fairly new repeat client. I’ve given myself until the end of next week to get that done.
In between these 2 jobs I have a book blurb to check for another non-fiction about to be published. I also have another new client who is sending me an hour’s-worth of work each week consisting of 2 or 3 very short essays.
This editing and proofreading work is my bread and butter, or my “day job”.
So, I hope that helps me to prioritise and organise myself back into kicking butt and churning out some work. Itemising it all has certainly helped straighten things out for me.
And now, at 10:30pm, and after quite a busy day, I go to bed to read. :-)