Editing Complete (off to the editor!)

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With moving and settling the cats in, I’m later on this post than I wanted to be. But nonetheless here it is (finally!).

Last week on Friday (my last day of vacation) I finished editing based off of what my beta readers suggested and asked questions about. I can’t remember if I’ve already said this on the blog, but again I can’t stress enough that this book has changed so much since I first started.

After the beta edits, the book is complete at 100k total words. One scene specifically changed a lot in this book, and once I started with it I just ran with it until the end. I found myself really getting into the heads of my characters, standing in their shoes, and feeling more confident about them. This wasn’t like the Magicians series where I after book one the majority of characters were already set up for me. So with this new book it took a while, but I think this time I finally fixed the major issues (hopefully).

I’m not going to lie: editing is always hard. Finishing on Friday and actually sticking to that plan was really hard. But the thought of sending this to my editor and actually being really close to publication was the only thing that kept me motivated to keep going. That and a lot of coffee. I’ve never taken off a week for my any of my books (at least not that I can remember). And honestly after what I accomplished last week, I’m definitely going to do it next time when I have a lot of work that needs to get done. It allowed me to make up a schedule for myself: wake up semi-early, try to edit until 4pm, take a break and then start again sometime after 10pm. That was my schedule, and it worked. It wasn’t perfect, and sometimes I needed more breaks than I want to admit, but at the end of the week everything I wanted to accomplish was done.

Now let’s talk about the exciting parts awaiting us.

Yesterday I sent the manuscript to my editor. It’s in 6×9 format (with Createspace’s template), and I told my editor I’m hoping to release this book before I move to TX (or at least before the end of this year). If I’m able to release it this year that means I will have released a book every year in a row since 2012. It’s a consistency  that I’ve tried to keep up with over the past few years, and at first I thought releasing in 2016 would be impossible. But this book has definitely had a large amount of editing and rewriting done. I’m hoping at this point anything else is minor fixes here and there and won’t delay anything too much.

Perhaps more exciting: let’s talk cover reveals.

It’s been a while since I’ve released a cover (a little over a year I think?). I want to wait until I have a release date (or at least month) before revealing the amazing cover for Clara and Claire. I’ve talked about this cover a lot, and it’s perhaps the hardest one I’ve had to stay quiet about so far. I’m definitely going to talk it over with other authors and get their input, but I’ll keep you updated. Just keep in mind there might be a cover reveal sign up coming around soon (so be sure to sign up if you’re interested!).

I’ll also be adding Clara and Claire to Goodreads soon –no word on just when, but I want it out there, so for those of you who have been patiently waiting can add it to your reading list.

And last but not least, I wanted to leave you with the official summary for Clara and Claire. Numerous people have been asking me for more details on what the book is about, so here it is:

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Again thanks so much for your patience this week (it’s been crazy!). Let’s hope the rest of this week goes more smoothly!

Lindsey Richardson

 

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End of August

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August seems to have flown past me in a matter of days. So much has happened this month, and even more is awaiting in the months to come. With the end of one month coming and the start of a new month I like to share what’s ahead in the grand scheme of everything.

Today being the last day of August also means it is the deadline for my beta readers. I’ve heard from almost all of them by now. And I still have a strong sense of what needs to be worked on. All this feedback from my beta readers is actually leaving me excited for the work ahead of me because everything is fixable.

Next week I’m dedicating my time to Clara and Claire. By then I will have all the feedback from my beta readers organized and ready and know where to start. My intentions are to finish everything that I feel needs to be fixed by the end of next week and then send the book off to my editor. My editor is the last person who’s going to read through the entire book and tell me anything that I or the beta readers have fixed. Then based on her suggestions, I go through one more time to ensure it is ready for publication. Only once she has given me feedback can I then plan the date for publication (and get everything set up).

September is definitely an important month, and next week I’ll be pushing myself to get everything done on my side so I can get this to my editor at the time I’ve planned. These last few weeks I had a nice break from writing/editing, but I’m definitely ready to get back into it. I love this story and the characters, and I’m eager to make sure the story is solid and ready for the world to read. All this extra work is going to make the wait worth it!

As for on the blog, in September I plan to be share the next steps in this process with you. I’ll share about what’s being fixed in the book (if not specifically, just overall talk on the subject of it) and share my progress as I go. Since I won’t be rewriting the entire novel again I won’t be using Wordly to track my word count or anything like that. But I’ll try to give you an idea of how far I am with chapter numbers (or page numbers). I haven’t decided exactly yet, but I’ll figure it all out before the start of next week!

Though I’m focusing strongly on my book next week, I’ll also need to take breaks now and then. If you know any good motivation/focus songs, leave them in the comments (I’ll give them a listen)! And I was thinking about possibly doing a short live video segment on my author Facebook page. If you’d like me to host a live video and answer questions about writing, publishing, or any of my books (published, WIPs, future and past) let me know. I’m only going to do the live video if people express an interest. If not I’ll save it for another time.

Looks like a busy month awaits me! Wish me luck, and let me know in the comments what you’re working on for September. I can’t wait to share more in the coming days!

Lindsey Richardson

Bullet Journal

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Yesterday I read about this thing called a “bullet journal” on Twitter. This was my first time reading about it, and when authors were talking about how they even used it to help with writing related material I had to find out more. So I rushed over to Pinterest and did a lot of research. I’ve started my own bullet journal (hence the poorly photographed image at the top). It’s not the greatest, and thankfully those who have done this before are reminding me the first time won’t be perfect. But I have a lot of ideas coming together of what I want this to be –especially for long term usage and productivity.

For those of you –like me up until yesterday–that haven’t heard about a bullet journal, here’s the best explanation I’ve got so far. A bullet journal is in some ways like a diary. Except in a diary you include long and short excerpts of your life for your own purpose –whether it be reflecting, expressing yourself, etc. A bullet journal is made with a purpose to help you day by day, week by week, month by month. Honestly whatever purpose you want it to serve is up to you. So far in mine I’ve been taking it day by day because I’m still trying to get the hang of it.

Maybe there’s dates you want to remember, certain tasks you need to complete, a crazy week you need to plan ahead for, or even a quote you saw on a specific day you want to remember. Bullet journaling is for all of this and more. It’s hard to explain it all in one post. I read through a lot of blogs and websites before I even attempted to start mine. And even now as I type this post I’m still not sure how to feel about my own at the moment.

I journaled a lot when I was younger. I used to keep diaries, and I could fill those up easily. But as I grew older diaries became too difficult to keep up with. Some days nothing happened. Sometimes I would go weeks without having the time, patience, or desire to write anything in my diary. But with this bullet journal… I feel like it’s the perfect combination of purpose, organization and customization for me. With everything that’s happening as this year slowly comes to an end I definitely want to start looking ahead. And with my bullet journal my goal is to somehow have it serve a purpose for my personal life and my writing career. If I can make this work this is something I could continue in the future to help with writing projects and etc.

I hesitated writing this post because I’m no expect on bullet journaling, and I definitely don’t know what I’m doing with mine at the moment. (So far I just have this week planned out, and I’m playing around with customization. I think I need thin sharpies… hmmm…) But with all the positive feedback and encouragement from other writers who are also familiar with bullet journaling, I wanted to share the beginning of my exploration into the subject. Once I actually have something more solid (than two or three pages) that I feel confident enough to share I’ll talk more about how I’m using it specifically for my writing projects. (Next week especially with my plans to work on the feedback from my beta readers I want to have ready…)

But in the meantime while I’m still figuring this out, tell me if you’ve ever tried bullet journaling. How do you use yours, whether it be for personal or writing related? I’d especially love to see ideas on what to do so it serves a purpose for writing projects.

I’ll be returning with another post on Wednesday, August 31st, with my end of the month post and hopefully some brief news on beta reader feedback (and what work awaits me)!

Lindsey Richardson

Weekly Update

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I want to try every week (or at least the majority of the weeks) to give an update on what’s happening as far as my current projects and upcoming news. It also seems like the perfect time to do so with August’s end quickly approaching.

By August 31st I’m expecting to have (or at least most) feedback from my beta readers. Some have told me they’re finishing within the next few days, so it’s not much longer of a wait now. I am itching to get back to work, and once I have all the material back I can give you an idea of just how much (or little) work is ahead of me. I already have a lot set up at home, so I can start immediately. My plan is to try and dedicate perhaps an entire week (especially if it looks like a lot) to this process, so I can get things moving for publication. Remember, after beta readers the book is going to my editor and then will be ready for publication.

For those of you who haven’t heard, my husband and I are in the process of moving! I’ve been spending the majority of my time packing and enjoying the time we have left in our condo. We’re going to be making a large move all the way to Texas, but I’m eager to see what journeys await us there. I’ve also heard moving does wonders for your creativity, so who knows what new stories I’ll be eager to write once we settle down.

And last but not least, I’ve been writing down ideas for my next novel. I don’t want to start writing it until Clara and Claire is ready for publication (or at least in my editor’s hands). But I’ve definitely been spending time and preparing myself for the next adventure. I won’t be revealing the official title and more information about my next novel until after Clara and Claire‘s release. But trust me it’ll be well worth the wait!

I’m eager for this week to fly by so I can start working on my book again, but at the same time I don’t think August has felt long at all. These months are going way too quickly for me. At least we have a lot to look forward to in the next several months.

Lindsey Richardson