Progress on Book 2 – Divided World Series #amwriting

It has been a busy few months since the release of book 1 in my Divided World Series. I have been busy editing book 2, which takes me an awful long time, and I went through many rounds before I felt ready to send it out to my beta readers.

I have received some excellent feedback so far (my beta readers are awesome btw), and I have made a few tweaks to address points they raised. Now, I am just waiting for the final batch of feedback, after which I will make any further necessary adjustments. Then it will be onto the last editing checks to make sure I have not stuffed anything up while I was tweaking! Which does happen 😉

While waiting on the beta feedback, I have got straight onto editing book 3, which I finished drafting in June last year…Feels like a long time ago now. Book 3 needed a little more detail on a particular story thread, so a couple more chapters have been added. Once I re-read it, I will get a feel as to whether this is sufficient. I may need to add one more chapter…will have to see. The 3rd book is already pretty chunky at 110k so I am hoping I can chop it back during editing.

Book 3 concludes all the major plot points, and provides a nice container for a significant section of the storyline. However, it will definitely carry on, and I have already started incorporating some new players for book 4 in book 3. So much fun!

One of the things I love about writing, is the delight of sitting on the humongous secrets that your book reveals along the way. I love leaving surprises along the way.

One of my other loves about writing is getting into my characters. I love how they unravel before my eyes and how the personality flaws and nuances emerge the more I think about them. I am really enjoying some of the new characters introduced in book 3 who will become the new players in book 4. I can see that they will nicely take up the slack left from those characters who will be exiting. 

In the background, I have been mulling over the idea of tackling the story of the planet’s inception. I drop hints and details along the way, but it would make a great story in itself. Also the prequel about how John Tanis and Bill Bremmer come to conflict, which I think would also make a great addition at some point…again I am deciding whether to let certain revelations out in book 3 or save it for the prequel book…ah the power you have when crafting a book! So many choices!

Wishing everyone happy reading and / or writing 🙂

About Book One – Divided Serenity

Serenity Divided, a science fiction novel, is set on a colonised planet, where a force-field wall separates the technologically advanced settlers from the planet’s native inhabitants. When an earthquake destroys the power to maintain their protective wall, a repair team will need to travel through native lands on the precipice of war, and their unlikely offer of aid will come from John Tanis—the sworn enemy of the colony leader—who was exiled ten years ago.

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Another year. What are you hoping to achieve in 2017? #amwriting

January 1st 2014 was a bit different to all my previous new years. I decided it was long overdue that I did something about my parked and buried writing dreams. I bought a journal, and I wrote stuff in it. I wrote down exactly what I wanted to achieve.

And what I wanted to achieve was publishing a book.

So, here I am, three years later . . .

The road to publishing a book is a long one, but for all that, an enjoyable one. With hindsight, publishing a book was both the hardest and the simplest thing I have ever done. Simple, because basically, a book is just a bunch of words written down. But hard because you drag those words out of your imagination and then go over those words many, many times before you feel anywhere near ready to share them, and after you do, you realize you were still not quite ready!

I will liken my experience publishing a book, to my experience emigrating from the UK to Australia. It took me a couple of years to make it happen, nine months to get the residency visa, another nine months to sell our house, cars, and most of our furniture, buy a plane ticket and leave. But once I did emigrate, I realized that it wasn’t anywhere near as difficult as I originally expected. Sure, it required planning, and effort, and there were a huge number of steps along the way, but it wasn’t impossible.

I didn’t know what I would find on the other side, I had no job, no home, and I knew no one besides my husband. Moving country, and especially to the other side of the world, requires a certain leap of faith, and so too with publishing a book.

I published my science fiction novel, Divided Serenity, on 8th December 2016, ten years and five months after I arrived in Australia.

There is no connection between the two events, other than they both happened to me, and that in some ways they were life-changing, and in some ways they were not.

I still get up every morning, go to work, enjoy my cappuccino, and the rewarding aspects of my day job, and then I come home and write. None of that changed because I am in a different country or because I published a book.

The difference is all on the inside.

I love that I was brave enough to move to another country and that I was able to start again, to reinvent myself, and to be someone new. Moving to another country is invigorating, and it instills a sense of self-belief. I still miss my friends and family in the UK, and I know I always will. I miss the funny, quaint little villages and the British sense of humor. I swapped my umbrella for sunglasses and factor 50 sunscreen, and if I ever leave Australia, I know the new list of things I miss will be just as long.

I love that I was brave enough to publish my book, even though I had no idea how it would work out or whether people would like it—I still don’t. Publishing a book is an amazing feeling, but what’s more amazing is the support I have had from my family and friends, and the encouragement from the writing community.

The funny thing about being brave is that it’s all kinds of addictive, and you realize that you can do this, whatever this may be. And you realize too, that whatever happens on the other side you will get through it.

I have learned something about the other side of life changing events, and that is, they don’t really change you, or your ideals, or who you are, at least not in my case. You still get up and do the same things, say the same things, laugh and love the same things, but inside there is this little happy glow that knows—I did it—and nothing can take that away.

So if I had one wish for 2017, it would be for all the people who have a dream or wish or hope that they have been sitting on, to be brave and make it happen.

Wishing you all happy writing in 2017

Normal service is resumed! #amwriting

Well, after all the excitement of finally publishing book one in my Divided World Series I am excited to be getting back to a bit of regular blogging…and writing!

I haven’t done any completely new writing for a few months now so I expect I will be a little rusty. But, just like riding a bike, I am sure it will all come back to me. Book 2 was drafted a while ago so I will also be completing some self-editing and seeking some beta feedback before I get onto the ‘proper editing’ (i.e. editing not done by me).

I have learnt a lot about publishing over the last month so I will also be running a series of posts about that, as well as sharing links to some amazing resources I have found along the way. 

So lots of exciting updates that you will hopefully find of interest.

I would also like to open up my blog to guest posts. Given this is a blog about writing I would like to keep posts to that topic, and I am happy to include links to your blog and or book.  If you are new to blogging or would just like to reach a few new readers please drop me an email to glcromarty@thewritingchimp.com.

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Divided Serenity #Bookrelease

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . . I started writing a novel. Today I finally published it.

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About the book

He had waited ten years to seek his revenge.

They had waited eons. 

Serenity had been divided as far back as the histories tell.

The Aterran settlers live inside the wall with technology. While the native Shadowlanders and the Jaru live outside the wall with none.

Welcome to Serenity.

Ten years have passed since John Tanis tried to kill his best friend Bill Bremmer. Not finishing the job is his only regret. Exiled from Aterra, Tanis has fought for survival and acceptance in the uncivilized Shadowland.

The Shadowlanders and the Jaru live in a perpetual state of war, but when the scattered tribes of the Jaru begin to unite the delicate balance is tipped. Aterra is also suffering, as a native sympathizer uprising decimates cities in a spate of bombing attacks.

Finding technology outside the wall, Tanis is suspicious that his former friend may have a hand in the troubles engulfing his land. He would relish any opportunity to settle that old score, an opportunity that could never happen . . .

Until the day Aterra lost the wall.

 

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Cover reveal – Divided Serenity #SciFi

Divided Serenity Book CoverWell, it is finally here, and I am delighted with the final cover design for my book. I have also created a new book website [GLCromarty.com] which will focus on just book news.

I have been extremely impressed with the designer who has been incredibly patient with me during the process and very willing to try out the ideas until we got to the final version.

Now, I am just in the process of finalising the contents and getting ready to publish. My main dilemma at the moment is whether to use KDP or select. I have read a lot of articles and can see a lot of pros and cons of both. Would to love to hear your experiences if you have any advice or tips.

So, just a little more research and then…Launch time!

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Please help me pick my cover! Divided Serenity #scifi

I would love some feedback on my cover design for my book. I am using 99 Designs, which has been a lot of fun so far.

I already have my favourites, but keen to find out what everyones opinion here is. I have tried to focus on the science fiction, but it does have fantasy elements ie outside the wall is a very different world, which is why a lot of the designs incorporate a sword.

Most of these designs have a few formats and I am particularly interested in the with/ without characters. I tend to want to avoid characters on the cover but in my initial feedback some people seem to love them…

I still would need to work though the details of the design with the elected designers.

But, initial thoughts would be great. I have tried with my family so far and they all like completely different designs!

Most of these have a few variations so I will see how voting goes and then will redo poll with some of the alternatives.

https://99designs.com.au/contests/poll/s3sdh7?urlcategory=book-cover-design

Happy to receive comments here or in the poll 🙂

Selecting a book cover…I’ve found something else to procrastinate about #amwriting

Throughout the process of publishing a book I have had to navigate numerous stumbling blocks: the dreaded analysis paralysis, indecisiveness, and a great deal of procrastination.

First there was the character names, and I have excelled at indecisiveness in this area. I am about to publish and I am still changing character names! I am even—at this late stage—contemplating changing the sex of one of my main supporting characters! I am the living embodiment of a Tom Gauld cartoon.

Then there was the book name, and many an amusing conversation between myself and my father (and other people) has taken place about what to call the book.

And now there is the book cover…

I honestly thought the cover would be easy (what a fool I was!), but no, yet again, I have discovered new degrees of procrastination due to the choice available to me. My book is sci-fi fiction, which typically can have:

  • A picture of a planet(s)
  • A picture of a spaceship
  • A picture of a person
  • A picture of a landscape
  • An obscure symbol

My book, while sci-fi, also has elements that would appeal to fantasy fans. So you can probably throw a sword in there because hey-ho, there are some swords.

And let me tell you that is way too much choice for my brain to cope with.

Let’s layer over the top of this some angst from all the articles I have read talking about the vital importance of getting your book cover right to attract the right audience.

Ahhhhh!

I fear many more days, weeks (hopefully not more than weeks) of procrastination about my cover design, after which I will probably pick something incredibly mainstream out of sheer desperation.

Ah the joys of writing 🙂

…And if only I could pick a cover so I could get back on with the writing part.

Dear writing, I miss you. #amwriting

Three years ago we bought a cute little stone cottage in the Perth hills region, and we have finally got around to making it into the home we always dreamed of. We completed the kitchen last year, and intended to complete the bathroom and laundry room this year, however it has sort of morphed—as renovations sometimes do—into also ripping many, many meters  of diagonal wood paneling off and replacing it with plastered walls.

The entire contents of the house with the exclusion of two seats, a bed, and essential clothing, is in boxes. I haven’t seen my computer in a couple of weeks, it’s boxed up somewhere…I hope!

So needless to say I have had no time for writing, and I’m about to take a week off…to do nothing but paint.

On the plus side, I’m sure my writing will be twice as effective in the lovely new look house!

But for now…

Dear writing, I miss you, and I hope to see you soon.

If you never try you’ll never know #amwriting #publishing #scifi

I have been working on my current WIP for many years. I first had the idea for the story back in 2004, at least that is the first rough sketch of it, and my first recorded version. I parked it for years, dabbling in other ideas and stories but never taking them much further.

In 2013, I moved to my present house. It was this move that brought back my love of writing in earnest, and my writing room, which I love, that inspired me to do more than just dabble, and to finally finish and then publish the book.

I have said often that life is not always about writing, sometimes we need to live and to be in the real world for a time, but if you are a writer at your core, you will always come back to it once the opportunity arises.

It has been three years since I decided to finish and then publish the book.

It has taken me a lot longer than I thought.

I am still not quite there yet, BUT, the end is in sight.

My book turned into a trilogy, and this was much of the reason it took so long. I wrote the first book, and then realised that I needed to finish the rest for two main reasons:

  • It would never really be a stand-alone, and although I re-wrote the ending of book one, and did to some extent close it, there was always going to an obvious next step in the story.
  • I needed to be comfortable in the complete series and its conclusion. Whether you are a book planner or not, the story is never really sealed until that moment when you close off the last chapter of the book and you know that it is done. I learned an awful lot by completing the whole story, and I am so glad that I did because I needed to make adjustment to book one, and once you publish that’s a lot harder to do.

I have many reservations about it not being a stand-alone book. Perhaps it was an over ambitious story. I hope not. If I was to start over I would certainly think about the marketability of trying to launch a series as an unpublished author, and perhaps with hindsight I should have let this one rest longer, until I had a few single books under my belt.

As the saying goes, it is what it is. And it is a learning curve, and one that I have thoroughly enjoyed.

There was a great level of satisfaction in finishing that last chapter of the third book, and in seeing all the plot points come to a conclusion.

In going through the process, I have gained greater confidence in my writer’s voice. It has evolved over the three books, along with the characters and the story. I feel like I have joined my characters, and that we have all transitioned together into something more than we once were.

So, I am ready now to publish it. I am ready to start writing something else.

I am now planning out a 6 month marketing plan, and aim to launch it around December time. Book 2 and 3 will need professional editing, and that always takes time. I need to start thinking about book covers and formatting, and reviewers and all those other things that will hopefully get the book noticed. And I need to think about where and how I publish it.

After December, I guess I will enter a whole new game. When you have not yet been published, you look at published authors with a sense of wonder, and look at the process with a sense of fear.

Publishing my book is definitely a step outside my comfort zone, but as the other great saying goes…if you never try you’ll never know 🙂