Blog Bucks: Congrats to Isaac for snagging May 3rd's points. I like how he keeps going with the quote, makes me want to watch the movies. Yesterday's points are still up for grabs.
One of goals for 2013 was to get serious about getting published. I joined a writing group in January (first meeting in February), went to my first Writing Conference in April, submitted a sample writing for my writing group's meeting in May, and I am not in touch with an editor.
I submitted a sample for my group and our meeting has been moved to May 22nd (as opposed to tonight) and Lana sent out the e-mail. She said, and I quote, "We do have some lovely writing to review!" I don't know if someone else submitted too and they are the lovely writing or if she is talking about the prologue I sent. I really hope it's mine - that would make me feel good, even if she was just saying it to make me feel good and not because she believes it.
I'm also nervous about taking on an editor. Well, I haven't taken on one yet, I sent her a sample this morning so she can see if there is any hope for me. So, we'll see how that goes. Luckily I grew some tough skin having Amber has my "editor". It's hard at first to hear, "this is wrong, this needs to be corrected, Jessica - stop using commas." followed by laughter (ok, she only laughed once before I threatened to never let her read my stuff again and she stopped). But I can take grammar and punctuation corrections because I know I'm weak in those areas.
I am working on making business cards (because one lady had them at the writing conference and I thought it was a great idea). There will be a conference in June about marketing yourself at any "stage of your career", published or not. So, I started a website - there's nothing on it right now except a blurb about me and summaries of my stories. And G-Sauce recommended making fake book covers for my stories - something to help me keep going, it's been surprising how motivating they've been. Two samples below:
The point being here...I am working on it, I feel like I've come a long way since December and I feel determined to get off my butt and make this happen. Wish me luck!