Jun 292013

woman happySorry for my silence the past few weeks, but I was in a writing mode and couldn’t concentrate on very much else.

My holiday is now over and I managed to write all but the last chapter of the new book! I am very happy with what I have done so far. I still need to add a lot of stuff, but I will step back for a few weeks and focus on other things.

Yesterday I received an email from a Dutch Amazon-like website, which is now letting people publish their own books on their site, in ebook form, as well as Print on Demand paperbacks. This is really big news, as for a while now I have been pulling my hair in frustration that I couldn’t publish the Dutch translation of Time Zones as ebook on a Dutch site. I could (and have) published it via Smashwords, but for Dutchies it is not easy to buy ebooks from Smashwords.

So finally, in the coming week I am publishing the Dutch Time Zones ebook on a Dutch website! Not only that, for they allow English language ebooks as well, so I am publishing Time Zones and More Stories on the site at the same time. I just have to wait for the arrival of three ISBN numbers and then sales can begin!

It’s high time I earn a bit of dough again, as I got a disappointing letter from the tax office the other day informing me that I hadn’t paid enough tax last year. Better not to dwell on that too much and just look forward to a busy few weeks in which editing my new book has the highest priority.

On a side note, this coming week I have a meeting with an illustrator about the cover for the new book. She makes the most amazing cartoons, which I feel are perfect for my story, so fingers crossed that we can work something out.

Now that everything is starting to take shape I can’t wait to see the result.

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Jun 042013

MegaphoneMy holiday has finally started! Those of you, who read my previous posts, know that this means I have officially started writing my new book.

So far, I have:

  • written four chapters;
  • consulted my toilet door three times to come up with new character names;
  • had a mini writer’s block;
  • got rid of the writer’s block by adding a completely new chapter, which in turn meant an interesting plot change further down the line;
  • had another mini writer’s block, causing me to be unable to make chapter four into a coherent piece of text, which is why I am writing this blog post instead.

I still have no idea how many chapters I will end up with (the estimate is currently 12), or how many words the book will have in the end (probably between 15.000 and 20.000 words).

However, using yWriter to keep track of all the characters and locations has been fun, even though it is a little bit more work copying in the text from Word.
It is worth it, though, as next to the handy word-count gadget, I love yWriter’s ‘play back’ feature, which actually reads the text back to you out loud. It regularly has me in stitches, not because my book is so funny (well, I do hope it eventually is, as it is supposed to be humorous), but because the ‘woman’ who is reading it has a strong American accent and is pronouncing names in a totally different way I had imagined them to be pronounced.
No matter. It is good to hear someone else read your words, even if it is in a metallic computer voice.

That being said, I have decided to skip chapter four for now and continue writing chapter five tomorrow morning. It promises to have an acceleration of the plot, which should be good.
In the meantime, I will reacquaint myself with marketing techniques, a very important part in the life of a self-published author.

Related post: Fiction Writing is Fun!

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