Up until recently, my novel manuscript was about 95% finished. What I have come to realize is that finishing this book is like trying to lose that last 10 pounds I have left. Tough and slow. There are about 3 more vignettes that are half done, one chapter that needs an ending, and although the ending of the book came to me on my bus trip from Boston to New York, I am still attempting to successfully create an ending that will wow my audience. You have to leave them wanting more right?
A few weekends ago I attended a seminar about self-publishing at the University of Texas El Paso. The topic of this session was ” 90 Days to Your Book.” This was a birthday present from a very considerate friend (who I asked to be my editor). It had been a few years since I had even set foot on the campus after finishing my masters degree there. With so construction, I spent half an hour trying to navigate myself to the right location. I know that some people are chronically late, but I am someone who likes to arrive early. Fifteen minutes after the seminar was set to start, I finally stumbled into the room. There were only about 7 people who had shown up, which made my late entry even more awkward and obvious.
My first impression of the lecturer was that he was elderly and annoyed with my tardiness. After grabbing the outline and his book, I started to take notes and listen. There were some really good points that he made, but his presentation was not riveting in any way. He just read off that outline, and ocassionally stopped to allow questions. Although there were no bells and whistles, I was able to take away some helpful tips and information. During a discussion I volunteered the name of a really great marketing book, and he loved it! At this point I had redeemed myself in his eyes, and for the rest of the class he showed a lot of interest in my self-publishing endeavour.
Blogging and researching the different aspects of publishing and marketing have been time consuming, but really interesting. I will continue to share some of the highlights along the way, for those of you who follow this alternate thread of my blog. If any of you have questions about what I have written, or want more information, please leave a comment and I will make sure to get back with you!