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Fiction Friday: NaNoWriMo Week 3

It’s week three of my first NaNoWriMo!! You can catch my intro, and Week 1 and 2 recaps. If you’re new to this blog series, allow me to explain: I’m sharing a weekly update during the month of November as I try to take part in NaNo2015 AND self publish my 2nd novel all at the same time. Does it sound difficult? That’s probably because it is! 😉

NaNoWriMo Recap: I know the ultimate goal for every NaNo participant is to add 50,000 words by the end of the month. And while I’m a fiction writer, I’m also a realist. 😉 So my personal goal for the month is 25,000 words. I’ve add less than 1,500 words all week. With only one full week remaining, I think my NaNo days are over.

While it’s nice to see the chapters forming for book 3 of the series, the most important thing on my desk right now is my 2nd born bookie: In the Shadow of Thy Wings. The release date is quickly approaching. I’ve only 2 full weeks remaining!!! So how is it going in the publishing world? Let’s see…
This week I worked on a MAD list of advertising projects that MUST be done by the end of the month. But sadly, even this list was put on hold while I put all my focus on the the final read through for Shadow. Even though this step takes a long time, the good news is when I finish reading it, I’ll be completely and totally done with the book. No more editing. No more revisions. I’ll likely have to tweak some formatting, but the book itself will be complete and not a moment too soon either. The release date is coming soon!

There is much to praise God for this week as He continues to pave my way. Please continue to pray for me as I work on these last minute touches on the novel, it’s launch, and the early stages of writing book 3.

What does week 4 look like: Along with taking time to enjoy some great meals with the family, I’ll need to finish up these various advertising projects.

I had my launch team sharing a collection of memes this week. Feel free to save and share to your heart’s content. 🙂

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Fiction Friday: NaNoWriMo Week 2

November is proving to be even busier than I had imagined. In an attempt to stay accountable, I’m openly sharing my first NaNoWriMo experience. Since it happens to take place during a crucial moment of a book’s life — the march to publication — I’ve decided to give everyone an update on both. You can catch my NaNoWriMo Intro and Week 1’s Recap.

If you’ve read my recap from last week, you’ll recall that I was in a bit of a mess. I had to step away from the high and lofty goals I had set for NaNo and focus instead on what was most important — my sanity. The Lord had used several people along the way with encouraging words and others letting me know that they were praying for me. I can’t thank ya’ll enough. It really means a lot and it’s a big comfort to me. So I want to kick off this week’s recap with some encouragement, whether you’re facing NaNo this month or other trials and daily struggles, let these words be the balm for your spirit.

“One breath at a time.” ~ Sandra Ardoin. Such a simple message, and, yet, it’s one we have to be reminded of all the time.

Walking into week 2, I carried with me a new theme song: Lay it Down. My prayer for the week was to no longer focus on the hundreds of plans and goals but to lay everything down at the Lord’s feet and follow His plans for me in a moment by moment way.

Writing update: My focus this week had to be on the editing/formatting front. Since both has a way of draining me, I had little time or inspiration for writing.
I put in 2,136 words this week. My total for the month is up to 10,335. Not too bad for a monthly total so far. I’m hoping to see more opportunities for writing over the next couple of weeks.

Publishing update: I’m happy to announce that the Lord has blessed my efforts this week and the paperback format came together nicely. I’m still finishing up this round of editing, but everything is going really well there.

Launch Update: My team has been adding In the Shadow of Thy Wings to their Goodreads accounts. One of my members has already finished and posted her review. You can read Kathleen’s review and add Shadow to your To-Be Read list here.
If you haven’t seen the promotional video for Shadow, then what are you waiting for?! Lol Push play and enjoy!

Praise and Prayer Report: We’re praising God for everything, both large and small, that I was able to accomplish this week. But most specifically, the paperback format. We’ve had a little sickness in the house, but the Lord has held us together and kept us from getting just all-out sick.
Please continue to pray for health, patience, for the Lord to bless our efforts and multiply them, and for a smooth path ahead.

A look at next week: I plan to ordered my first proof copy next week. For those unfamiliar with the process, as a self-publisher, I’m required to order a paperback copy once I have something together so that I can be certain that it’s ready to sell. If anything is wrong, then I simply make corrections and order another proof copy. I can’t wait to see how our first attempt turns out. The cover tends to need adjusting everything time I’ve ever published so I expect to order at least one other proof copy later this month. This will be a major step to completing this publishing process.
I hope to take in more writing time next week since the bulk of my editing is over.
I also have what seems like hundreds of smaller projects that I need to complete before Shadow’s release date, one of those being the last and final read through of the novel.
There’s so much left to do, but I want to both glorify Christ in the midst of it all and just enjoy the chaotic joy that surrounds a novel’s release. The moment will be over before I know it!

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Fiction Friday: NaNoWriMo Week 1

I’m participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time this year. I also happen to be in the middle of publishing my second book. You’ll find more details in the intro post, but today, I’m here to bring you the update on my week. 🙂 

I knew when I agreed to participate in NaNoWriMo, that I would have to keep my eyes set on smaller goals. I also knew it would be a struggle to try to write more while also having to dedicate large amounts of time to raising a family and that small matter of publishing a novel. 😉
Well, as it turns out, all my knowing didn’t save me from the stress and wrongful thinking that I stumbled into at the first of the week. I’d love to tell you that I had it straight from the get-go, but it’s not true. Thank God for second chances!! And also for sending along words of wisdom.

These were the two text messages I received early in the week that made such a big impact that I had to write them down and post them on my desk!
“But don’t get stressed out or your work won’t mean anything. Your writing is meant to be for the glory of the Lord and your pleasure. So don’t let this overcome you; allow God to help you overcome it.” – Aunt Mary
“Just focus on what God wants you to accomplish and keep your eyes focused on Him! He will direct your paths!” – Darla Damron

After encouraging words like that, I was able to put my focus where it needed to be. Instead of pushing for word count, I focused on making some progress and tried to keep up with my publishing to-do list.

I ended up writing 8,199 words so far for week 1. I still have today’s totals to add in, but I’ll add them into week 2’s tallies.

Now for a publishing update. I have formatted the kindle edition and sent it out to the last round of readers. Their job is to read and help me spot lingering mistakes. Things are going well on that end so far and I couldn’t be happier.
Now for paperback. Paperback formatting is a more troublesome creature by nature. I wish it wasn’t so, but it is. Lol I’m still struggling to piece this one together. Hopefully, I’ll have better news to share here next week on that end. For now, PLEASE pray for me.

This week kicked off week 1 of the launch for In the Shadow of Thy Wings!! This is such an exciting time as my team set out to share various links and memes. Here’s what they’re sharing this week. Please, feel free to snag and share! 🙂

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A look at week 2:
Since I seem to average 1500-2000 words a day, I want to keep this as a writing goal. I won’t meet the 50,000 goal for NaNoWriMo with these numbers, but I will make great progress and keep my sanity. 😉
In the publishing world, I want to focus more of my time in advertising. I have 2 blogs to write for the release week, I need to update my website, and pull together more activities for the launch team. And unless I’m successful today, I’ll still be ironing out that paperback format.

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Fiction Friday: NaNoWriMo Intro

61What is NaNoWriMo? It stands for National Novel Writing Month and it’s this special time every November when thousands of authors attempt to write 50,000 words in a single month.
This will be my first year attempting this insane feat and I’ll be focusing on adding to book three, Out of the Ashes. I’m at a serious disadvantage since my focus will be split between writing Ashes and releasing In the Shadow of Thy Wings. So why am I doing this?
I’ve prayed a lot about whether to join in this year and finally decided to do it. While everyone’s goal is to reach 50,000 words for the month, my main focus is to give my next manuscript a big push while also enjoying the fellowship of other authors. I’ll have to keep my main focus on Shadow, but I hope to make some great progress with Ashes.
I can use your help! I’ll need to keep a special guard around my mind and my heart so that I don’t burn out or neglect my first duty — publishing Shadow. Prayer partners and a cheering section are essential! Anytime you think to pray for me, please do! Anytime you feel led to send a word of encourage, please don’t hesitate! You might not have thought about it before, but all authors have a common struggle when it comes to writing, but Christian authors have a steeper climb. Writing about the love and mercy of Christ will always bring additional hardships. The publishing/formatting phase is another uphill climb, so trust me when I say that I can use all the prayers and encouragement you can offer, both in the next month and at any time of the year.
During November, I’ll share an update right here you every Friday. I’ll update you on my publishing progress, word count, and any specific prayer needs or victories I have.

NaNoWriMo is a big event, and one should be properly prepared for it. I have an outline in place, character profiles, the opening scenes typed up (don’t worry, these don’t count for my word count for the month), a stockpile of favorite teas and healthy snacks, aspirin, a couple writing buddies, prayer partners, a completed pre-NaNo to-do list, and a comfortable chair. 😉
Most NaNo participants write seven days a week, but I’ll be following my normal schedule of six days and taking at least two days off Thanksgiving week. So I’ll need to write 12,500 words a week and approximately 2,100 words a day. That sounds very doable. That is, until I remember that I’ll also be editing, formatting, and advertising for Shadow. 😉 But I will not be discouraged. Every word for Ashes is one step closer to its release date, and TRUST ME, after you read Shadow, you’re going to BEG me for Ashes. If I can conquer NaNoWriMo, Ashes should be close to its halfway mark, so pray me up!!
I’ve decided to keep my weary heart from fainting, I would offer myself some goals and rewards along the way.
Goal 1 — 25,000 Words — $5 for Christian Fiction (Don’t worry, I’m a thrifty shopper 😉 )
Goal 2 — 35,000 Words — Writing time at Panera
Goal 3 — 40,000 Words — CD
Goal 4 — 45,000 Words — Civil War Journal
Goal 5 — 50,000 Words — Jane Austen Movie

Do I have any other friends joining the NaNoWriMo frenzy this year?