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Writing. I thought about two friends liking the same boy. The problem the boy only likes one of the girls. He likes the other as a friend. Maybe will have him marry the friend at the end. Still trying to figure it out.

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Reading or writing?

Tonight I have to figure out how to add the information I cut when editing the previous chapter. I may leave it out; we'll see how the story flows without it.



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I started another novel. It is about two girls. A boy is dating one and they are only friends. The other one likes the boy but he is not interested in her, only as a friend.

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Tonight I need to research legal stuff for my story - my character is being sued and I need to know the timeline for mediation and stuff. Fun?



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I read my story to my gf and asked her at the end what she thought about it. She told me she was anxious to see if the soldier and the women he loved got together again and looked forward to hearing more. I read her a chapter or two a night. It is 3 and a half weeks now I have not heard but I am going to start writing another to keep me busy. I don't want to push my self out of the deal by bothering him. If I get a no there is the other publisher who told me to brush it up and resend to him. Meanwhile, I sent two children stories out to publishers.

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Once I had someone giving me ideas and she had my heroine pregnant by the end of it. I was like... thanks?



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Sometimes, someone can suggest something that you like and other times they don't. You and only you can be the judge of how you want your story to flow. I can't count on my fingers how many times I changes scenes, sometimes they seemed better, other times not.

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It's not so much a disagreement as it is really good ideas to make my story better.



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I know the feeling. When my friend was alive I felt the same way when he did not agree with me.
Writing the first book is hard. You don't realize stuff you have needs to be left out sometime.
I have a bad habit of using the same first letter in names. Like Denise and Dennis which can get confusing.

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Well, that's a bummer. Here's hoping you hear something soon.

I'm still working on Chapter 18. I love and hate my insightful critique partners.



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I might as well wait as have not heard from anyone else in a while. I am running out of publishers to send to. Have to find a way to find more as I looked through all on the net.

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ah, okay. Next time give him a deadline, that way you're not stuck waiting until he gets around to it.

Sorry you're not feeling well. :(



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He told me if I do not want to wait for his review to let him know and they will disregard it. So I am not going to do anything at the moment. I start my 3rd week this week and he did say 3 weeks or better. The reason he told me was I had sent the first story without formatting it or ms form. He said he had to do that before he could review it, so I sent it to him in ms form and made changes. So now because of the changes he has to read it again.

He seems very nice I sent out a children story to a publisher last night. Will send to another later. Not up to par today for some reason.


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Unless he asked (and you agreed) to NOT send it anywhere, you can do with it what you like. He was just asking to see what his time frame was, not to prevent you from doing anything with it. If you get another offer, then you tell him and give him a deadline for getting back to you.

Don't wait. Send it out to others.



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Going on the second week and still waiting for a reply from the editor. I hope I hear one way or another soon. My hands are tied as I can not send it out to anyone else till I hear from him as he asked me if I had it with anyone else.

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That's a nice sum!

Just finished chapter 15. Onto 16!



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I found some children publishers and now setting up. I may send to Highlights for Children. They pay l75 for a children story of a few words.

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Today I'm preparing Chapter 11 for my critique partner. And reading a couple of stories for critique. And then maybe moving on to another chapter.



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Mostly I find I have left out a t for the or an s for she. I think it is my typing too fast. I type 70 words a min and it was ok on the typewriter but the computer is slower and sometimes misses a letter, either that or my computer is slowing down because of age.

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I've also found changing the media helps me find typos. Like going from the desktop to the kindle.



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I have my gf who I read the story too and she stops me if she hears something wrong and asks a question, Reading it out loud I have found some mistakes too.

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That's exactly why I have a critique group. I can't be critical of my own writing.



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I hate when you write something and someone thinks you should change it. It is your story and you love it and it is hard to cut words, but it has to be done. Sometimes, someone away from the story can spot something that does not belong.

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Argh, a member of my critique group rightly called me out for glossing over the conflict. Blech. I guess that's what I'll be fixing tonight.



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Yea, that has happened to me. After you edit a few times you catch a few more things.

I am working on my children bat story.

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Blech.

Today I'm rewriting a scene because I forgot a character had a hand injury. Then the scene is off to my critique partner!



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I also have early reader stories. One is about a bat that came through my window as a kid and I thought I was dreaming. I have sent that one out already.

Years ago I sent a collection to Harper Collins of children stories in one book and the editor wrote me she loved it. Then the bad news came, she said the marketing dept. turned it down because they didn't think it would sell to their clients.

Like what I am going through now, the publisher liked it but now it is up to the editor.

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Children's books have a lot of repetition. I was attempting a joke. :)



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Lost yu. What do you mean repetition? Then see what I did there. I don't see anything.



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lots and lots and lots of repetition. (see what I did there? ;)



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I did go in and check some children stories. I have to check as think it is 32 pages for them.
Then have to put so many words on each page. Also need to check how many words for a children picture book.

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... you keep your rights? It will be interesting to see how that works.

Ideas are good! Keep them coming!

I'm going over chapter 7 of my current WIP, and still working through the critiques of earlier chapters.



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This company says you keep your rights. I still think there must be a set time. I will know more when he calls this week. Everything was going over my head and I had pains in the stomach.

I have been getting some ideas for another book. I wanted to use my old one. I have to see if I can work with it as it is about cheating in a neighborhood. But a happy ending.

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I'm going Big 5 or going home (and self-publishing).

Interesting thing with my published books - I requested the rights back for the first one, and they were granted after the fulfillment of the contract. I thought that would mean the publishing house would sell them until January (which would be the end of the contract), but the electronic book isn't available online anymore. I'm not doing anything with it until 2019 anyway, so it's all good.



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This will be my second in 40 years as I went to freelance writing instead. Novel writing takes so long and sometimes nothing comes into your head to write.

How are all your published books coming along? Did you get a chance to look at the sites I sent you?

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I know but it tries my nuts when you edit and edit and still you miss stuff. Well, that is it unless he wants me to do something. I will ask about royalties when he calls next week and other information. Writing down questions. If I do not like the answers I will not go along with it, I have my fingers crossed everything will go ok.

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That's why they have editors. :)

I'm excited for you!

Last night I sent chapters 3 and 4 to my critique partners and kept working on their edits to chapter 1. I'm hoping I can finish up with that tonight.



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I found some mistakes after I sent it. Fingers crossed.

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yup. There's always going to be something. At some point you have to let it go.



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I am in chapter 30. I was reading a chapter to my gf last night and didn't I find a word misused so had to change it. No matter how many times I edit still find stuff here and there I missed.

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I didn't finish the critique of the second book - I decided to start at the beginning again to prepare it for the next round of critiques.



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I noticed one publisher told me she wanted more dialogue. Another told me more story. So I guess it depends on the publisher who will publish it the way you wrote it. I know they change the story here and there and hate that. I still have a way to go before sending out again.

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Tonight I'm going to finish the critiques of my second book, then start all over and read it before sending it out to a different critique group. Should be fun! :)



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Mary, it's an interesting dilemma for writers. There's a guaranteed audience, but like with any other market, you still have to get their interest. And I've heard horror stories of Amazon not paying authors because their books were on pirate sites.




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Interesting. I did not know that about Amazon/Kindle.

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Yes, I can see how that would be as some publishers had stated that.

I had to do libraries and cable sit=in when I had my first one.

Did you get my email I sent?


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Mani, even when I had my books published with a traditional New York publisher, I still had to do my own marketing. But, yeah, with self-publishing, you don't have a team behind you, so I'll need to figure out more.

Your Amazon question is a little trickier to answer. Amazon also has the Kindle Unlimited program - if your books are sold through KU, they can't be sold anywhere else. So, yes, I'll have my books available through Amazon, but not WITH Amazon. Does that make sense?



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You are going to do your own marketing? Have you decided to self publish? Are you going with Amazon?

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