A quick update, in case you folks are interested, on how I’m doing with my challenge to write and publish a book in 90 days.
Net: I went bananas.
I’m writing 5 books.
- A Toltec Historical Drama, yet to be named:
- Around 30,000 words written.
- First cover concepts received from an incredibly talented Mexican artist, who actually understands the visual difference between the Aztecs and the Toltecs.
- Brilliant editor found; I’ve asked her to look at the early manuscript and offer book strengthening suggestions.
- A Contemporary Erotic Romance, yet to be named:
- Around 77,000 words written.
- I’m totally into it and now writing the last 3-4 chapters.
- The first 20,000 words or so are being edited by a fantastic, successful romance author. That’s because this is my first romance and I’m feeling kinda shaky.
- She’s not just editing the work… she’s practically re-writing it for me, sentence by sentence. I couldn’t be happier! It saves me the tedious re-write process, which used to bog me down to a halt before.
- Found a very good cover artist, who promises to complete the cover by June.
- I’m either authoring, or coauthoring 3 books for children:
- I started with one simple children book concept and contacted a strong copywriter to help me come up with a name. And what do you know! He suggested so many names that I ended up writing … 3 books. I just couldn’t resist.
- It’s a good thing that the children books for my target audience (7-9 year olds) are only about 2,000 words long. All are now written, road-tested with my kids, and ready for editing.
- I’ve found an outstanding co-author, so I didn’t actually have to write all of the texts. I participated a great deal, developed the concepts and gave the text some re-writes, though. Took me only a few hours with this approach.
- Three illustrators are hard at work producing magic illustrations.
- And, as you may know, we’ve just decided to launch an almanac of the bestest best 55-word wonders:
- I’ve received great response from the authors who want to be in.
- Started to compile the list for the publication.
- Looking for an illustrator who’d do cool, cheap doodles for each story so we can add a whole new dimension.
- In parallel, I also changed the cover for one of my earlier books, because I didn’t like it. Wanna see?
So here we go. Full report.
If I appear to be slow in my answers to your emails, please forgive me. I’m a little overloaded, what with my 12-hour per day “day job” and with my family; and all this writing.
I thought my family would hate my 90-day writing marathon, but instead, they became massively supportive.
My wife, who got rather alarmed at first, told me to get on with it and have it done.
My 8-year old daughter got so fascinated, seeing me work on my books every night, that she wrote her very own book today. I got to log out now and type it up before she wakes up tomorrow
So . . .
I’m starting to develop the 90-day book system that I’ll also eventually write a book about:
- Get the idea that blows your mind. That makes you lose sleep. That makes your fingers tremble in desperate desire to touch the keyboard. Get terrified that someone else will write this book before you, because the same ideas tend to come to several people at the same time.
- Take several days to outline. Keep re-arranging characters, events and other elements until you get that surge of adrenalin: this is it! That’s the book!
- Find a cover artist. I can’t write without working on a cover. When a strong artist works on it in parallel with my writing, I get a massive boost of urgency. And a surge of joy.
- Write that first draft as if you’ve gone bonkers. Write in 5-minute breaks. Write over lunch. Write before work. Keep your outline before you, and bang those words out. If you get a fresh idea – don’t go back to rewrite. Mark it down, and keep writing as if the idea is already incorporated.
- Hire someone else to help you rewrite. A ton of great professionals out there.
- We’ll get to the later stages later.
How many words have you written in the last month?
Here’s to our writing success!