Word Goals

Writers live on word counts.  Ok, I do.  The first draft I wrote for Broken Crown was right around 30,000 words.  I knew that wasn’t good enough for a book.  It had to be longer.  Meatier.  It needed more.  A lot more.

 

It took a lot of time to write that book, and I was constantly worried about my word count.  So now, I’ve decided to have a word goal everyday.  I strive to write 1000 words everyday.  On one of my two stories.  Some days, I don’t make it.  Life gets in the way.  Like dinner.  And laundry.  Apparently my husband wants to eat food and thinks I should have clean socks.  (To be fair, my husband works a 40 hour job and runs his own business as well.  And still helps around the house.  He isn’t a slacker, so don’t get your pitchforks!)

But, everyday I try.  I figure if I can stick to my 1,000 word goal everyday, I’ll be done with a first draft after 2 months.  2 months!  That seems totally doable.  And way less time than my first one.  That one took 18 months.  Mainly because I kept stopping and thinking I was crazy for thinking I could be a writer.

So, if you get overwhelmed about the thought of having to write an entire book, or rewrite an entire book, break it down.  1,000 words.  Or 500 words.  Take it a day at a time.  Take a deep breath.  And remember, you and your family still need to eat.  And have clean socks.  The world won’t end because you didn’t get to your laptop.  Until next time!

Missy Q

It’s Published

So, I did it.  I published Broken Crown on Amazon.

It was the scariest moment.  I waited.  I worried about it.  I didn’t know if the story was actually ready, even though I had been back over it what felt like a billion times just to make sure.  And then I did it.  I pushed publish.  And waited.

I gave it away for the first five days.  And I feel like the copies I gave away were worth it.  I know I’m not going to be able to quit my job next month and live off the one book.  The point is to get my name out there.  To see if the rest of the world likes the little world I created.

I’ve sold copies.  Not a ton, but enough that I feel like I’ve made the right choice.  I’m still scared.  Still cautious.  But I’m also optimistic.  I’m still writing.  I have the sequel that I’m plugging away at and a new story that I’m super excited about.  Mainly because I’ve decided to give her a slight foul mouth and I love that.

All right, I’m off to go write a new chapter.  Have a great day!!

Missy Q

The Sequel

So I’ve been writing the sequel to Broken Crown for the last few weeks.  Ok, months. I’ve been working on it for months.  I thought it would be easier.  Note I didn’t say easy, I said easier. I know writing is difficult. You’ll critique your own work, hate and love it all at the same time.  You’ll think your characters are stupid, and then go back to how awesome they really are.  Sequels are no different.

I’m doing a sort of experiment with Wattpad at the moment. I’m literaly uploading the first draft.  Which means that in a few weeks, those first few chapters will change dramatically.  They already have, I just haven’t uploaded them.

Why am I doing this?  Well, partly so I can see how much it changes and the reactions from the readers, and partly so those that are reading my stories on there realize that the first draft of anything is normally terrible.  Ok, so maybe not terrible.  But it definetly changes the more you wrte and revise.

It also helps keep me in check.  I upload once a week, which means I have to have a chapter ready.  So I have to write every single week.  Not every day, because lets be real, I have other obligations, like laundry and food.  But, if I can carve out enough time every week to put some words down, I’m that much closer to finishing the first draft.

Do y’all have a way that helps you complete your novel?  Like I said, this is my second one, so I know I can do it.  But that one took 18 months, and I would really like it if I can complete this one before 2018!!

Alright, I need to go.  I need to write.  And eat.  Probably not in that order!

XOXO

Missy Q

I set a date

I’m going to release Broken Crown on Amazon on September 5th.  Why?  Well, I don’t know about you, but I have to have a deadline.  If I keep telling myself I’ll do it when I’m done with everything, I’ll never get done.  I have a job, a husband, a life.  Things will always come up.  So, I set a deadline.  There are still a lot of things I have to do to get there.

I still have to actually convert my book to an eBook.  I’m not very computer literate, so it’s proving to be a challenge.  I also am still trying to get the hang of the whole social media aspect.  I have to promote myself, which is actually a pain.  I don’t want just any followers.  I want people who will be in love with the story.  And since it’s not out there yet, I have to guess at who that would be.

I also still need to get my author page looking like an author page.  One that  looks legit.

All in all though, I think it will go fine.  I could probably just upload it, hit publish, and see what happens.  I mean, I’m sure others have done just fine with that.  But I really want this to work.  I really want this to lead to an actual career as an author.  So, i’m going to give it every fighting chance I can.

XOXO

Missy Q

 

And I Cried

I told you last week that I was back, and I really meant it.  I had posts lined up, exciting things to tell you, and it was going to be awesome.

And then my dog died.

I cried for three days.  We had her for nine years and she was sweet, and loving, and our girl.  But, she was sick.  Very sick.  She wasn’t going to get better and she was in pain.  I couldn’t do it anymore.  So, we went to the same vet she’s always gone to and they helped us.  She’s buried in the backyard, under a tree.  I still think I have to let her out, give her a treat, and all the other things we’ve done the last nine years.

The silver lining in the whole thing was a few days later when I checked the mail.  The vet sent us a condolence card telling us that she was sorry.  


That’s why we go to them.  Not just because they are the best, but because they actually care, about our pets and us.

Tomorrow I will go back to regular posting, telling you about self publishing, wattpad, and the crazy songs I’m listening to right now as I write.  Until then,

XOXO

Missy Q

My Big News!

No, I am not pregnant.  My big news is that I’ve decided to self publish my debut novel.  Why?  Well, because no agent wants my book.  And since I’ve wasted a year (yes, a full year!) trying to query them, which is whole other headache on it’s own, I don’t want to waste anymore time.

Now, I’m not telling you this to hype up the release of my book, although I do want you to be hyped about it.  I’m telling you because we are about to go on a journey.  The one apparently all self-published authors take.  I’m only a week in and already I’m overwhelmed.  There is so much stuff.

Just google self publishing and see what pops up.  There are thousands of blog posts, books, videos, and even podcasts that tell you the best way to do it.  You should have your own domain, so people take you seriously.  You should have more than one book to publish, so that customers will want to buy more.  You should have a massasive following and throw tons of money at self promotion so your book does well.

I don’t have a massive following.  I think right now my followers on Instagram and Twitter are less 100!!  And as far as money  for self promotion, well I don’t have that either.  I also don’t have another book ready yet for publication.  I have drafts of books, stories that I’ve worked on for a few months, but nothing is finalized yet.  I’ve spent a lot of my time on Broken Crown.  A lot.

I don’t even have my own domain name.  But I am going to try and publish my book.  I am going to try and get the word out there.  I’ll promote it to death to my few followers.  I’ll sell the dam thing in the BAM parking lot if I have to.  Because I love the story.  I love Leven and her crazy, fantastic friends.  And I love my friends, who have read the book, given feedback, and fallen in love with the story.

So, if you’re up to it, why don’t you join me on my journey as I try this whole self-publishing thing out. I assure you I will make the wrong move.  I’m gonna cuss.  And throw a hissy fit.  But I will get this dam book on Amazon.

XOXO

Missy Q

I’m BACK!!

So, I disappeared for a little while.  But I promise you I was actually busy!  So let me catch you up on what’s been going on in my little world.

First, BROKEN CROWN REACHED #1!!!!  Yes, you read that right.  For one entire day, Broken Crown was #1 in Fantasy.  I’ll take it!  With that came reads, which was awesome, and some new followers, who are also awesome!

Second, I’ve been working on the sequel to Broken Crown.  It’s proven to be a bit more difficult than I imagined.  I figured since I already had a cast of characters and a plotline drawn out, pulling it all together would be easy.  I was wrong.  It’s harder this time because I’m introducing new characters, have new drama with in all of them, and I’m still trying to reach that end goal.  It’s going, but some days are painful!!

Third, I’ve been working on some new stories.  I don’t know if I will put them on Wattpad, or if I will try and do something else with them.  We shall see.

And lastly, I’ve got something up my sleeve as far as Broken Crown and Levens saga goes, so stay tuned for some exciting news!!

Ok folks.  That’s all from me today!  I will be back with some new posts in the next few days.  Hopefully, you’re still interested!!

XOXO

Missy Q