Thursday, June 3, 2010

May Stuff

I did more fresh writing in May than I did in April, but still not a significant amount. :/ The good news is I've done about half as much so far in June as I did in all of May, so that's good if I can keep it up.

I did four story submissions, to various pro-paying markets. No sales yet on that end, but I got two excellent rejections -- about the best kind of response one can get that doesn't have a check attached. [rueful smile] Both editors said very nice things about the story they'd read, and that they were looking forward to seeing more from me. If I can't have a check, I'll take an invitation to submit again instead. :D

I went through edits on the novel again -- proofreader's mark-ups this time. And actually I did it a third time when I got my contributor's copy a couple of days before the book went up for sale. I figured I'd scan through the PDF to make sure there weren't any obvious formatting errors, and even with the quick click-click-click on the scroll bar to page through, my eye lit on a couple of small editing mistakes that I, the editor and both proofers had all missed. [headdesk] Back to the top, read it through again more slowly, found a handful more. My gratitude to Shawn for incorporating my last-minute fixes and re-doing the variously formatted files before the page went live for sales. :)

I'm not claiming points for that last edit, though, 'cause that would've taken me up to 32 points for the month. In a challenge where the top scoring tier is 9 points and up, 32 is just showing off. :/ As it is I got 18.

Koala Challenge 9

10 comments:

M.J. Nicholls said...

Hurrah! Keep it up! Love the blog, dahling.

Angie said...

MJ -- thank you! :D

Angie

Charles Gramlich said...

Sounds like pretty good progress. I've gotten a few poems and a couple of stories submitted just this week, the first time I've really been able to focus some time on it.

Angie said...

Charles -- It feels good to get work out onto editors' desks. [nod] Luck!

Angie

Bernita said...

Angie, you are amazing--I have the feeling you are still not entirely unpacked either.

No writing progress for me--except the thinking stuff.

I haven't dared check my pdf for errors.

Angie said...

Bernita -- umm, you're right, we're not. [hides under keyboard] We got everything we need for day-to-day living out, and now that there's no longer that urgency to find necessities, the momentum has kind of died. :P

And there's a small but intense group of people on the internet who've made a major hobby about crowing over every one of Torquere's editing glitches while ignoring those of every other publisher. I try hard to give them as little ammunition as I can. :/

Angie

Dawn Colclasure said...

Congrats on catching the editing goofs in good time. And a belated congrats on your new book. That's awesome! I know what you mean about not being unpacked yet. We recently moved (about a month ago!) and still not all unpacked. I'm tired of looking at boxes in the garage. Anyway, no news from me. Just book reviews published but not many submissions. Just working on the books! :/

Angie said...

Dawn -- moving is always a good reason for giving your time and attention elsewhere. We moved out of our old place in mid-January, and into our new place on March 1st (in hotels in between) and even three months later we still have a zillion boxes around. :/

Angie

Bernita said...

Angie, once it took us three years to totally unpack.

Angie said...

Bernita -- LOL! Well, if one is of a mind to be technical, we had some boxes which we'd moved into the condo about ten years ago, which had been occasionally dug around in but never actually unpacked. [rueful smile] I think everyone's like that. My actual goal is to get to the point where the un-unpacked boxes are all in the garage, or maybe a few stuffed into closets here and there. Right now we still have boxes piled around the living room, the library, the office, the bedroom, and even a couple still in the kitchen. :/ I guess it's a matter of degree, you know? Getting to the point where I wouldn't be ashamed to have guests over is a nice, realistic goal. :D

Angie