The clocks have gone forward, and so has Heartbound's journey. From its humble beginning as a Word file on my laptop, it has reached the dizzying heights of #8 in Amazon's Ghost category and has received two great reviews. This week, after much tinkering and changing of the front cover, it has now been approved to be made into a paperback! I will be receiving the proof copy in the mail in the next couple of weeks.
Blue Eyes Behind the Mask is also developing quite nicely. It's intriguing to revisit scenes that I had shelved and to meet some interesting characters. When I first wrote Blue Eyes Behind the Mask, I was just a teenager trying to plot a course through the murky waters of A Level exams. Now, as a final year university student, self-published author, and copy editor, I feel I have matured both in a writing and personal sense. I was young and naive when I started Blue Eyes Behind the Mask. How quickly things change!
I also found myself thinking about another story. This is just the very first rung on the writing ladder, but there could well be some brand new works in the pipeline. Keep watching this space!!
Back after a week's absence! I took a week off from my novel work as I was on a work placement at a PR company. Has this slowed me down? Not in the slightest.
This week has been a very productive one. Heartbound is now completely formatted ready for the paperback version and the new edition of Blue Eyes Behind the Mask is coming along well! I still find it strange going back to one of my older works, but it's very enjoyable! And who knows, maybe Blue Eyes Behind the Mask will follow Heartbound's example!
Now that Heartbound is formatted, it will be sent off to a printer (Createspace) and I'm eagerly anticipating my very first book signing, the first of many hopefully!!
Never be afraid to take a step back. Sometimes, looking at something from a new point of view or with a fresh pair of eyes can be just what you need. I think this has been particularly true for my writing this week.
I mentioned last week that my new work is going through a rough patch and that I might need to look at my structure or even completely rewrite it. This is most definitely still the case, and at the start of the week, I began this momentous overhaul of my work. However, something else caught my attention.
Somebody asked me a very interesting question recently about a novel I wrote a couple of years ago called 'Blue Eyes Behind the Mask'. The simple answer is that I approached a number of agents and publishers with little success. But with my copy editing skills improving with experience and with my confidence boosted by 'Heartbound's success, I have gone back to 'Blue Eyes Behind the Mask' and I'm hoping that it will have a similar outcome as 'Heartbound'. Given that I've not read 'Blue Eyes Behind the Mask' for well over a year and a half, it is strange going back to it. Strange, yet exciting.
This does not mean I've completely abandoned my latest work; it just means it is not right for me at this present time. Roll on the next week.
This week has been an eye-opener for me. I decided to start reading a novel in the same genre as my new series (YA fantasy) and this has helped me realise that a lot of work needs to be done on the first book. So much so that I am seriously considering a complete rewrite and restructure.
Let me stress I do not make decisions lightly. When I was writing Heartbound, and received an offer, I had to consider whether or not I could afford the £2 500 that was being asked of me. Of course, being a student, money is tight and I simply did not have that sort of money. Upsetting though it was, I had to decline the offer though I feel this was a silver lining; I firmly believe that Heartbound would not have done as well as it has if I'd accepted that offer. Deciding to completely rewrite a novel is not a decision I will rush, especially as it is already around 40 000 words long!
Aside from my new work, I have some good news to bring you. Following its success on Kindle, Heartbound will soon be available in paperback! On Tuesday (24 February), I began formatting my debut novel for the paperback market and I've already begun liaising with a bookshop near to where I am studying. Keep watching this space!
All in all, I've had better writing weeks. However, armed with new knowledge and ideas, I hope that next week will be a better story.