Re-vamped Schedule

Now that I’ve had some time to digest the two critiques I’ve gotten back so far, I realize there is no way in hell that I’m gonna get this thing together by the end of March.  It is just not gonna happen.

So…now I’m hoping I can edit/rewrite Feb/March, finish the second draft by the end of March, get it on Critters during March/April, re-write/edit during May, and hopefully have something to show for all my effort in June or July.


You know, I always knew it would be hard, but I had no idea it would take me this long.


10 thoughts on “Re-vamped Schedule

  1. It takes as long as it takes. I wrote the frist draft of Oracle back in 2005/2006! Ok, it has sat in the back draw for months at a time, but each time I edited it, I submitted it to agents. Even when I was submitted Hand of Glory, Oracle was doing the rounds.

    Also stop the talk of self-publishing 😉 until you have given the agents a try….

    1. I understand you in regards to the amount of time it will take. However, if it wasn’t for me putting my foot down and trying out NaNoWriMo (sort of), I wouldn’t have finished. So, deadlines work for me. I just have to make sure that they are realistic deadlines. 😉

      So how is the Hand of Glory going? I thought that was accepted and in revision mode, but your latest posts talk about Oracle. So what’s up?

      1. I agree, you should try agents first to see how it goes. You can always self publish if you are not getting the response you want. And you might need an agent to help with the self-publishing side of things. If I recall, lots of agents if they like your work won’t charge until they sale it. However, if you self-publish and use an agent, you will need to pay them upfront a certain amount if they represent you.

        I can understand if you are wanting control of your work. However, try and sell your work via an agent to some publisher first. If it works, being published by someone will bode well for your writing credentials more than self publishing is what I here.

        I’ll encourage you any path you choose, but remember to look at all sides. That includes stepping out of your comfort zone even when you feel you are not ready for something, because you might actually be more ready than you realize.

        Maybe you have a plan that we don’t know about, and if you do, great! If not, then remember to contemplate all your options!

      2. You two are so awesome. I will try, but I just feel that life is passing me by. I’m getting impatient. Maybe I’ll give myself a limit on how many I can try or for how long, then I’ll shoot for the self-publishing. Thanks.

  2. Hand of Glory is done and dusted and in the hands of my agent. Oracle is an older work which he thinks has “it” what ever that might be, but it needs trimming and altering, so working on that and other new work.

  3. I can understand about life passing you by. I have those feelings a lot myself. It feels like life is moving faster and faster. You and I are pretty close to the same age so I really can understand your point. It’s a real drag isn’t it. 🙂

    I really like your plan!

    Give it a few months, but also research the self publishing at the same time this way you won’t feel like you are losing time.

    Your story has a real good concept, and you have written it very well, like us all, it needs an editors eye to fine tune it. An agent can give you that as well. So check out my list I gave you as a starting point and go to it. I can give you more lists of agents if you need it. Those are listed as Sci-Fi Fantasy. If you have another genre of Agents for me to query let me know.

    Sale! Sale! Sale!

    1. Your story has a real good concept, and you have written it very well…

      Oh dear, have you actually read it? The more I look at what I have to fix, the less I think I’ll ever get anywhere with all this. But your enthusiasm is catching. I’ll sale sale sale! 🙂


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    I think you got this tip in your email. I liked the 7th Tip the best and thought it was fitting for you and many of us.
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