How are we all doing?! I know it’s dangerous, but I had a thought: to keep focused on my writing, I’d do a monthly update as an insight into my writer’s life and to share news and information!
Without further ado, here’s a roundup up June’s updates!
Since April’s camp NaNoWriMo, where I completed the first draft for the second book in the Bloodline Alliance trilogy, I’ve been focusing on edits. Book 1 came back from the editor after a look at it’s plot and character development, and even though there was a lot of feedback to action, it was positive. One of my original alpha readers has re-read this draft and we’re both in agreement that we didn’t realise we needed the extra scenes between Blake and Kayla when we read it before, but we’re glad they exist now.
Book 2 has had its first author edits. The first edit is normally centred around plot changes, characters issues, really blatant grammar or typos, and all things that don’t quite work well. After a hard slog to the first round of author edits, I sent it to two of my friends who act as alpha readers (the first few people who read the story and give feedback in those early days). Feedback is slowly trickling in for that and it’s looking promising! YAY!
Connecting with other authors on Twitter gave me the opportunity to have the first chapter of book 1 critiqued by another author (her final book in the Phoenix Project trilogy has just dropped! I reviewed book 1 which you can find here and if you’ve already read the review, check out this link for book 3!). I found this immensely helpful. Side note: I use ‘then’ and ‘which’ far too much and most the time, these words aren’t need. I had 274 instances of the word ‘then’!
I had a ‘book meet’ with one of my alpha readers and now book 1 is almost ready to send to anonymous beta readers!
In the meantime, I have contacted the book designer with some ideas. As usual, I want a lot doing – really, no surprise there – and she will be getting on with this shortly! I’m so excited to see the front cover! We’ve got shifters and magic so expected a wolfy theme with bright, swirly colours!
Being an author wanting to seek beta readers for my own work, I have offered to beta read for another author. I started on that yesterday actually. My first time doing this, and the first two chapters went down well so I’m excited to see where this takes me.
What’s happening next month?
Glad you asked! NaNoWriMo is running another camp in July so I’m hoping to take part to get book 3 in the Bloodline Alliance trilogy drafted. I’ve got another week or so to go over the planning for book 3; some things need adjusting based on how book 1 and 2 have gone. And then I’ll be ready to write! However, learning from the last camp, I won’t be racing to finish a draft in only two weeks when the camp runs for the whole month. My hope is that by the end of July I will have written three books. Gosh – three books since February!
I will be posting my July Camp NaNoWriMo progress on social media so be sure to tune it! Can I really do it? Can I really have this trilogy finish (or at least drafted) by the end of July?
My boy turned 1 *sobs incoherently, something about him growing up so fast*. He’s crawling, walking with support, can stand without support for about five seconds, had his jabs and is generally providing an immense amount of joy and sunshine into our lives. Ok – soppy moment over.
Both me and my husband are back in the classrooms. Technically, I’m in my school hall with a key worker bubble, but the sentiment is the same.
Our house move is one step closer! It’s only been over a year . . .
Bailey, the golden retriever, is still sneaking extra treats from his partner in crime, AKA, his human brother!
I'm going to leave you with some old pictures of Bailey. Just look at how cute he was as a puppy!