Thursday, May 27, 2010

In Which I Provide An Update

I'm going to try and post more WIP updates to try and keep me more accountable. Which is one of the many things I love about blogging, the accountability. It's harder to call yourself a writer and have nothing to show for it if you have blogging buddies.

Or at least that's what I tell myself.

So I'm still working on first line edits, just trying to clean things up before I work an any more re-writes or adding in themes etc.

I've gone through about 50 pages, though to be fair I've done about two sets of line edits on chapter one so it may be closer to about 65 pages line edited. I've really hit a stride this week and am hoping to get through at least a third of it before the weekend.

Then I can begin some rewrites and correcting things that need to be changed - (both the first two scenes in chapter one need a mild re-write and scene 3 needs to be moved to chapter 2 or 3)
I've already cut about 4,000 words and I know there will be plenty more cut before I'm done. I hope it doesn't get too short. I don't want it to wind up as a novella. And I certainly don't want to be forced to beef anything up based on word count alone.

Still, taking a week off seems to have regenerated me.


For those of you who have business cards (and I mean writerly business cards) - when did you decide to make them? When you started to go to conferences? When you had shorts published? When you got an agent?

I just wonder. I think it's a genius idea and though I think it's too soon for me, I just wonder when those of you who have them made the decision to print some off.

Yay! We're one day closer to the weekend! And a holiday weekend at that - I hope the weather is nice on Monday so my fam and I can play badminton and grill. If it rains we will play board games.
But still grill.

Also, now that I think about it, I can't guarantee I'll have a post for Monday. I'll have to wait and see.



Palindrome said...

I think business cards are a sweet idea, once you're ready for submission (hehe). I have Tuesday off as well as Monday. Four day weekend baby!

Kittie Howard said...

Good question! I think it depends on how the loot comes in. Struggling writer flipping burgers? Get a writer's business card. Career type who writes in odd moments? Wait until coferences add up/get an agent, something to show momentum toward goal. A ho-hum job that pays the bills to permit writing? Get the card. But real truth to told, it's an individual thing that fits.

Lola Sharp said...

Happy Thursday/almost long weekend! :)

Business cards? Not even on my radar.

Terri Tiffany said...

I bought business cards Vistaprint (free) when I went to my first conference but have used them when sending out information or projects.

Falen said...

Palindrome - AWWW 4 day weekend would rock!

Kittie - i think once i start to query i'll jump on the business card bandwagon

Lola - they weren't on mine either until Frecklehead wrote a post about hers and i also got a blog prize package in the mail and that blogger slipped in her writing business card. Color me jealous

Terri - yeah it seems they would be a genius thing to have if you're going to hit some conferences to make connections

Matthew Rush said...

Never thought of a writerly business cards before, interesting thought. Then again I'm too shy and nervous to go to conferences anyway so it doesn't really matter.

Good update though, congrats on the progress.

Anne said...

just think about how many 'free lunch' entries you could have if you had business cards to enter- we'd double our chances!

Janel said...

Have you ever tried making business cards yourself? I know there are many great companies that print them inexpensively, but I've designed my own many times and printed them out on heavier paper. I've even used different fonts and layouts on every card on the page, just because I can't make up my mind!

Tara said...

Line edits are blinding!

I never thought of business cards.

Have a great long weekend :)

Jaydee Morgan said...

I'd probably hold off on the business cards until I was going to hit a few conferences. I can't imagine needing them otherwise - but the idea sounds fun :)

Emily White said...

I wanted to get business cards the moment I started my blog (though limited funds has delayed that plan) for one huge reason: you pass them out to potential readers, not just agents.

I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've had conversations with people who ask me what I write and I wished I had a business card to give them with my blog address on it.

Erica Mitchell-Spickard said...

I have CC business cards, but never thought about personal ones cause...well I'm not sure why, but thats a good idea!
Have a great weekend *wishing the rain away* :)

Jayne said...

Hello Sarah! Absolutely love that steampunk writing hat. :)

I don't have 'writer' business cards, but did design a postcard of my wip to send out with a query. I think it is a good idea to have something to give folk, just in case.

Anne said...

@Jayne- i would love to hear more about this wip postcard. What did you include on it?

Teebore said...

It's harder to call yourself a writer and have nothing to show for it if you have blogging buddies.

Pfft...says you.

Seriously though, good question about the business cards. I know there have been tons of times where I'd wish I had one just to give out my blog address.

But then, so much is online these days, I wouldn't think you'd need A LOT of cards.

j.leigh.bailey said...

Way to go on the editing progress!

As re: business cards: I went to my first conference last month and felt like a schmuck because everyone had business cards and I was jotting my email and blog info on pieces of notebook paper. I guess as long as you have someone to give them to, whether it's conferences or when your pitiching to agents and editors, it's never too soon!

Falen said...

Mathew - yeah i don't blame you. Talking to people in the industry? Eeek!

Anne - this is indeed an added bonus.

Janel - it sounds like a good idea, but i'd probably get frustrated and then give up. let's you make cards with your own pictures if you want

Tara - i don't mind line edits. Though transferring them to my digital novel copy can kinda suck

Jaydee - yeah i agree. Or when starting to query - might be nice to include it with snail mail queries

Emily - that reason alone tempts me to get some right now. Well that and making pretty cards

Erica - i've thought about it before, but only recently actually considered it

Jayne - i, too, would like to know more about this postcard...

Teebore - don't sell yourself short. You wrote a novel(la) this (rolling) year.
Also your blog is more awesomely nerdy and less writerly

J.Leigh - yeah i think i'll definitely have cards before i go to any serious conferences

Talli Roland said...

I'm with J. Leigh - I think they're important before you go to conferences and networking ops.

I think it's a great idea to post updates on your WIP - keep you motivated! :)

Zoe C. Courtman said...

Yanno, I wonder about this, too. And I'm going with the general consensus here: get writer's business cards (and bookmarks and such!) prior to a conference and definitely when you start querying, etc. Nice post - something I'd definitely been pondering!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm working on business cards now. After I found my publisher. Oh well, better late than never.

Maria Zannini said...

Definitely, get business cards before a con. You will be passing them out a LOT to other writers, editors and agents. Though to be honest, the agents will probably toss them before they get home--but then again, maybe not.

Since I wrote freelance before I published, I always carried BCs. You never know when someone is looking for a copywriter.

Here's a post I did on designing business cards here

Al said...

A break is what is needed sometimes.

Love the cat piccie.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Keep chugging away at that WIp! It'll come together for you. Love that you're staying strong through it all.

And thanks for the reminder on business cards. I have to get mine made up before SCBWI LA. I know a reminder wasn't your intent, but I thank you anyway. I think it would be good to have for conferences. You may not give any to agents, but I bet you'll give them to other writers you meet, at the very least.

Falen said...

Talli - thanks!

Zoe - it does indeed seem to be the consensus

Alex - hey, but now that you know what your cover looks like, you could build your cards off of that

Maria - good point. I'll check out your post right now

Al - thanks!

Carolina - yeah i tend to forget the other writers thing. and no problem on the reminder - just trying to look out for you ;)

Melissa Sarno said...

I recently went to BEA and determined that I had to make a business card because I didn't think that anyone wanted my corporate day job card! hehe. I did them pretty quickly at vista print with a pre-set template. In the future, I would think of personalizing it a bit more :-)

Southpaw said...

I read you should have them when you go to a conference so you can pass them out to interested parties.

AchingHope said...

I saw Frecklehead's post about hers and went on and got ten free ones, just to see what they were like, and so far I've only given one away, but hey. That one was pretty important.

So I think I agree with the general populace. If you have someone to give them to, why not?

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