I was too stuffed yesterday to write a word so merry Christmas everyone! I truly hope you all got exactly what you wanted. All the best!
Monday, December 22, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
|Another look at the posts excavated at the shrine site as well as more documentation of the probable layout of the shrine.|
|There the posts stood|
|Model of the posts as they may have looked 1000 years ago|
Thursday, December 11, 2014
|Izumo Taisha present day|
|Model of Izumo as it may have once looked|
|A Miko (Shrine maiden) kneeling near the remains of huge posts|
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Monday, December 1, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Monday, May 12, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
With the copy edit completed yesterday, pre-production starts. Cover and interior design, then formatting for print and ebook. My work on this book is pretty much done, just approvals of designs.
Until then, I can focus on writing GKS 2 which is exciting. However, once the first novel is done, the marketing efforts will be intense and will be time-consuming.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
I heard yesterday that my editorial company has accepted my book into their program. This means they think enough of it to help me find an agent. Pretty exciting stuff!
However, I don't intend to wait for an agent to get me a deal. Indie publishing has so many advantages over the traditional model. I'm going in that direction. It'll cost a lot up front but the royalties are so much better. I'm thinking of a June 2014 release.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Friday, February 7, 2014
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Well, the manuscript is still in the hands of my editor and will be at least another two weeks until it comes back. I can't wait to read it. Hopefully she didn't take out all my favorite parts (they probably need to go).
The next step is finding an agent but I will stop and celebrate this monumental achievement: I wrote a novel!
Monday, January 20, 2014
I'm really getting into the planning of GKS2. But it seems the more I plan, the more I see plot issues from book 1 that need to be continued or resolved in the new book. In some ways, I think writing a completely new novel would be easier but there is still lots of adventures left for Junya and his crew. I'm quite excited to see where they go!
Monday, January 6, 2014
With the first book in the line-editing stage, I've begun storyboarding my next book. I've already written 3 chapters but I don't want to repeat the mistake I made with The Gatekeepers Son, which was writing without a clear plan. I had an outline but with this book I want to try the storyboard. I'm a visual person and like the idea of seeing it laid out in front of me.
Friday, January 3, 2014
I just reread the last post and had to laugh. I didn't give up!
To get you up to date, I finished the rewrite and submitted it in early December 2012. It came back in January 2013 with the usual message-cut another 100 pages, along with some major plot fixes. I completed those by August but my editor couldn't get to it until October.
When it came back, I was surprised that she didn't ask for another 100 page cut. Instead, she had just a few plot issues that needed fixing. The novel was the most cohesive version yet. Inspired and happy, I attacked the rewrite. As usual, amazing inspiration appeared just at the right time and inam so pleased with the outcome.
The final version went back to my editor in December. The novel is done! Line editing begins this month (January 2014) and then the next chapter begins... Getting an agent!
I'll keep you posted.