I am excited to be part of a book reviewing association established by a self-publishing company. This self-publishing company allows future authors to submit their manuscripts for feedback and reviews. If an aspiring author decides on submitting his or her manuscript for review, the book reviewer will read, review and rate their work. Based on the reviews and ratings, the author has the ability to change certain aspects of their manuscript or leave it as it is. Majority of the authors are looking to better their manuscripts.
This is a fascinating opportunity for both book reviewers and authors. We read fresh material and provide the aspiring authors with useful feedback, and the author gains knowledge of what readers anticipate, tweak aspects of their manuscript or do nothing at all.
Some of the book reviewers are also aspiring authors or established authors. We, too, gain a lot of knowledge from reading soon to be published books and feedback from others who reviewed the same book. We are educating one another on what to do and what not to do in the writing process. It’s fun, informative and beneficial for all of us involved. I see it as a win, win situation.
My husband believes so. Between my full-time job, my freelance job and writing, hubby is afraid I am doing more than I can handle. I admit I have been inundated with work – writing articles for two companies now, working on a couple of short stories, my novel and both of my accounting jobs. Nevertheless, I am enjoying every minute. I love working. Of course I need to take a break, but I try not to take a long break for fear of losing momentum. Being bored with nothing to do drives me insane. I enjoy keeping occupied – more so with the things I love and enjoy very much.
I do understand where my husband is coming from though. A few years back, I was in a similar situation. I was working the two jobs and working on just one writing project when I suffered a panic attack. There was so much to do, deadlines to meet and the need to satisfy everyone’s demands that I just broke down. It wasn’t one of my finest moments. Nevertheless, I did take it easy and reduced the workload. But, soon after I jumped back into the swing of things. As I said, boredom drives me insane.
This time around I strongly believe I am in full control. Prioritizing is key in maintaining control of your life – whether it be business and or personal. And this is exactly what I am doing – prioritizing.
“You should create a writing portfolio.” These words came from a wise woman – my sister. It took me only a minute to get in gear. I produced the following:
all other published and non published writing material
And some of my most popular blog posts
I am so excited with my final product. I had no idea that I had so much material to back up my writing experience. Even though many of my writings took place during college and were never published, I still enclosed it in the portfolio. As time goes by, I will have more material to include in my portfolio – I hope.
I continued my search for freelance writing positions, and I was lucky to find four potential jobs. I sent my information, which I retrieved from my writing portfolio. I am feeling optimistic. I’m grateful that my sister instilled in me such a bright and effective idea.
The past three weeks I spent researching for my second novel. It’s important that I create a story as believable and entertaining as possible. As part of my research, I interviewed the two ladies whom inspired this story. I’m super happy I was able to conduct the interviews. They provided me crucial information and were extremely open with their life stories. It was a fantastic experience. Thanks to their assistance, I currently have what I believe to be a good opener; something I was having trouble with for quite some time.
As I mentioned in a previous post called When Music Influences The Writing, I will continue using Queen’s music for my novel – the same novel I keep writing, deleting, writing and deleting. Anyway, according to the interviews, Queen’s music was very much liked and had a huge impact in their lives. Any time I write a piece in the novel, I will have Queen playing in the background. I need all the inspiration I can get. I hope to make my second novel better than the first.
So yesterday morning, my niece and nephew asked me when was I going to write a children’s or preteen’s short story. I explained that I was contemplating on writing such book, but in the near future. They were excited. They began shooting ideas – all very good ones.
Late yesterday on my travel back home, my niece sent me an email containing a draft she put together for the possible short story. This story revolves around a preteen and her dog, which happens to be the spirit of Sheba – my dog who passed away a couple of weeks ago. The storyline is very clever and charming. Just a few minutes ago, I received a text from my niece stating that she wrote more material and will be sending it to me soon. I can’t wait to read it.
I think the preteen short story is not such a bad idea. I will gather my niece’s work plus my work and hopefully come up with something fun, witty and smart. Both of our names will be on the cover. Once completed, I might look into possible short story contests and submit the story. I’m actually looking forward to this project. Kids are inspiration.
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