Progress. Progress. Progress.
Every step, whether a baby step or a giant leap gets me closer to publication. This past week was a bit frenzied. I stepped and leapt in several different directions! I’m participating in the New Jersey Romance Writers 30K Challenge for the month of February, JeRoWriMo. In anticipation of the event my mind took off racing with all the things that I needed to accomplish before the month of February so that I could simply write for February.
I’ll just point out here that I’m well aware of the term “setting myself up for failure.”
I had this brilliant idea that I’d get as many of my guest posts for my Friday blogs prepped and scheduled to go live.- did not happen.
I would finalize my marketing plan.- did not happen, though good progress was made on the draft.
I’d find a cover artist.- not even close.
I’d select an illustrator to design the Eva Prim logo. – well on my way, but not completed.
I’d figure out Pinterest.- I finally set up my account and I’ve pinned a couple dessert pics, but I haven’t the slightest idea how to find specific people, things, etc.
I’d read the latest installment of my critique partner’s really awesome WIP.- nope. Must be able to focus on her work to provide the best critique. (No half-assed attempts!)
On top of all that I continued to work my full-time job, one that doesn’t include sitting at my desk at home and writing or promoting my books, maintained a marriage, cleaned the house, did the laundry, and played with the dog.
I managed to clean off my desk, do a Walmart run and get my money back for Groupon gone bad. Oh- and my edits came back from Judy, filled with fabulous points, ideas, comments and corrections. I read through everything she sent, accepting or making the easy edits and then closed the document.
Okay, I didn’t close it. I just minimized it so I can see it there on the side bar waiting for me. Some things are hard to let go!
I’ll work on the more detailed edits later, probably the first week of March because I need to be focused on that manuscript when I do them.
February is JeRoWriMo and I’m committed to hitting the 30k mark on my second Eva Prim book so there’s no way I can focus on writing anything else, except my blog posts, which I tend to think are a clear indication of my inability to control rambling thoughts!
For the first 2 days of February I wrote 3161 new words on my manuscript. The goal is to end the weekend with 8k new words. I’ll let you know how that turns out next week.
For this week I’ll write, write, write because really I want to hit 40k instead of 30k. I’m hoping to finalize the illustrator and update my marketing plan, which I believe might be a living “thing” as it continues to morph with each day. Plus I have this weird idea that I might figure out Pinterest, though I’m afraid to go near it since I’m pretty sure it’s more of time-waster than Facebook, which is saying a lot!
If you’re participating in JeRoWriMo or a writer working on a new book,- Write On! If you’re on your way to self publication, I’d love to hear about where you are in the process. Jordan