Turning Point

So I have been hinting at it for a while, but I have finally made the decision to go ahead with self-publishing!  I was going back and forth for a while, but I have been heading in that direction for a while.  So now that I am set on this path and the last of the query letters I sent out are all past their time frames for responses, I have taken the plunge!

The first big thing I did was start telling people I wrote a book.  That was incredibly nerve-wracking.  I called one of my best friends to see if he would be willing to read and I was so nervous!  Luckily everyone I asked to read the book all said they would and all were supportive, so hopefully when they’re done, they will be so kind as to post positive reviews on Amazon.  Yep, that’s where I’m publishing and I’m doing Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Select.  That means a 90 day exclusive deal with them, but really, who cares, I would be selling there regardless.

This is what I have done thus far since deciding I’m self-publishing: I have created a bank account for any royalties I might get, I created an author account with Amazon for publishing, I have painstakingly formatted my novel in Word so it uploads correctly, registered on CreateSpace, bought an ISBN number, and enlisted a graphic designer.  I am going for the as-cheap-as-possible route, so they only things I have paid for is the ISBN, which appears to be unavoidable, and a graphic designer, which is recommended by everyone because, contrary to the phrase, people really do judge a book by its cover.  Hopefully when all said and done, I’ll have only spent about $300 but we’ll see.

Everything is done, I’m just waiting on my art to be done in about two weeks and since I don’t want to put my book out there until I have a cover, everything is waiting on that.

And the journey continues…

Wattpad Stuff

So I haven’t posted in a while, been busy with life and making my final edits.  About 2/3 through my book then I am DONE with it.  I suppose I could go on editing it forever, but at some point I need to be done and move on and once I finish this last time through, that’s it.

That being said, I have decided to put the first chapter of my novel out there so people can read it, see what my story is about, see how I write, and hopefully generate some interest in me and my book.  I seem to be drifting ever so slowly toward self-publishing but that is a post for another day.

Please head over to my profile on Wattpad, take a look at me, my first chapter and PLEASE give me some feedback, good or bad.  I have had so little so far other then my editor, I am curious what other people think.

Here’s the link:

http://www.wattpad.com/user/jmichaelfavreau

And the journey continues…

Slow Slog

Just a quick update…So I finished putting all my editor’s edits in my novel and now I’m taking one last pass through before I say it’s done. I’m about 1/3 of the way through, what’s funny is I love re-reading my book, I just have so many other things going on right now! Hence the slog.

But once I finish my final review, the scary part happens…I give it to my friends and family and they will know my deep, dark secret I have been withholding from them…I’m a writer! More on that later. Back to my review!

And the journey continues…

Empty Vacation

So I was away most of last week on vacation and it was nice to get away from writing and my computer/office for a bit.  I was hungry to return though by the end and tore through the rest of my edits from my editor.  So now my book is fully done with all edits from her fully Incorporated!  Yay!  However, now that all the big and small things she found are added in, I now realize I need to do a re-write of a part of one chapter near the beginning of my story and another likely-major re-write to my ending.  As I wrote my novel, I realized that it was part one of a two-part story.  So they epilogue I currently have attached may be moved to the story proper of book two-we’ll see.

On another note, upon returning from vacation, I found that I had only accumulated one rejection letter.  That is good and bad I guess, but it kinda means that there are several more letters out there that have not been responded to…some that I put a ton of personalization into.  That worries me a little bit.  If I get rejections from them, that is going to hurt more than others.  Fingers crossed!

And the journey continues…

Edits!

Today I got my final package of edits from my editor!  I should have all of them in there and the story should be all buttoned up within the next few days!  Once I finish this, I feel comfortable moving on to the next book I have been brainstorming about (and dreaming about) for a while now.  This is my queue that I need to write again, all these ideas I have are getting bottled up in my mind and need to be released!  So these edits coming through are perfect in their timing so I can finish up Break Away and move on to its sequel.

HOWEVER, in adding these edits and delving into my story yet again, I have found that I will need to do some editing of my own.  Without going into all the plot details, my main character Rose goes from a “green” rookie cop to a hardened survivor by the end of the novel.  In re-reading, I have Rose participating in the killing of some agents looking to capture and possibly kill her, however, the ease by which she makes this decision is too early I think as it’s only about a quarter of the way in.  While I don’t think I will change the outcome of the scene as killing the agents is the only way out as I wrote it and I like it that way.  I think making this scene more emotionally draining and making Rose’s decision to go through with what she has to do more difficult, I think this will satisfy the doubts I have.  This will likely require another full re-read/edit of my novel by me though…oh well.  Also, my editor suggested a possible reprieve for a character that dies near the end of my book.  I like how it’s written, but it is something I will need to seriously consider.

All I have to say is, anyone who doesn’t use someone else to edit their book is really missing out.  It’s great to have an outside perspective and I will likely “lend out” the book to friends/family once I feel I am truly finished to get their overall thoughts.  Who knew editing could be so exciting!

And the journey continues…

Dry Spell

So busy at work I have had no time to blog!  Oh the humanity!  I seem to have hit a dry spell with writing and querying.  I have yet to be able to do any type of writing I have been so busy at home and at work and I haven’t really gotten any responses from Lit Agents lately either.  They seem to drift in one or two at a time, I got one this weekend…rejection of course, but I still have 19 pending letters out there that have yet to be answered.  Maybe everyone is on vacation?  This seems to be the season for it and I will be heading out on one of my own in due time…Yeah that’s what I’ll tell myself.

And the journey continues…

The Big Reveal

So throughout the whole process of thinking about, writing, editing, and now querying, I have yet to tell anyone in my group of friends or family about this endeavor I have undertaken (with the exception of my wife and my editor who is a friend of my wife). So the question is now, do I start telling people? Is it too early? Should I wait until I’m published? Should I have already told them?

I don’t usually ask for feedback but I’m really curious…what should I do?

And the journey continues…

Edits done-ish!

Just got word from my editor that she is done going through my whole novel!  Looks like my ending is a little weak and I have decided to do a re-write of my final chapter and epilogue which will give me a stronger ending and move some stuff from the end of Break Away and move some of it to the beginning of novel #2, the sequel.  Also, when I say editor, I mean one of my friends who was an English-major…So I have been looking into getting a professional editor to look at it.  Hopefully this will help me once I land an agent.

Speaking of which, I think I may also re-write my first couple pages of the novel to “punch it up” as Lit Agents apparently are hooked or not on your project on the first page and it’s not a sum of all the pages you have given them in most cases.  I think my first page is quite good, but it clearly could be better as I have yet to land an agent.  I have sent out just over 50 letters and have gotten no response or a no from around 30ish.  Hopefully these changes will get me an agent, we’ll see…

And the journey continues…

Half Way There…

So I sent out my 50th query letter today, not sure if I should be happy about this or not.  So I set a goal of 100 query letters before seriously looking into self publishing, but being halfway there, I am kinda dreading getting closer and closer to that 100 mark.  There are some very intriguing things about being self-published, but the potential reach of print publishing and having a Lit Agency at your back actively pushing your book to publishers is a pretty powerful thing to have.  I am someone who likes to have control over a lot of things in my life and so self-publishing would give me just that, but I think it would be kinda disappointing to only have a small amount of people read my ebook when I worked so hard on it.

I still have a large amount of queries out there that are “pending” or within the general time window the agent gives for review so hopefully one of them or one of the next 50 agents I query will bite.  Someone’s got to right??

And the journey continues…