Happy anniversary to the IWSG website! Yay! Where’s the party? I’ll bring coffee and chocolates. He he he. Coffee. Hmm… I think I need one right now. Care to join me? :-)
Photo Credit: Michael Allen Smith on Flickr
Anyway, here’s my IWSG post for this month (my contribution for the IWSG anthology has been emailed):
Have you ever felt anxious—wondering about what the status of your manuscript is? Have you thought about the possible initial reaction of the editor at that publishing house you’ve submitted to or—if you’re self-published—the reaction of a reader reading your indie book for the first time? Hmm. Me, too.
I know that a lot of writers say that once a manuscript is submitted or a self-published book is uploaded… That’s it. It’s time to focus on other things. Still, I get anxious. Like right now. And, I guess, like most writers experiencing this, I allow myself to sink into its harrowing depths, knowing—at the back of my head—that by doing this, it’s merely going to make me feel worse.
But then, after a minute or two (or an hour or more, if you may), thankfully, the call of another story beckons, waiting to come alive on the pages of my Microsoft Word document, aching to whisper its wonderful secrets to me.
Whenever this positive shift happens, its welcome change never fails to fascinate me. I mean, it’s really interesting to observe the inner workings of our minds: How we become deeply mired in our anxieties and fears, then, the next moment, we find something that’ll curve the corners of our lips into a large, happy grin.
Faced with this beautiful change, the only thing that’s best to do is to answer the call of the tale and get the mind engaged, and see to it that the new tale is given its rightful birth.
Now, for some UPDATES.
For My Indie Books
* Recently revised my first book for children, “Sleepyhead? Not!” (This is a self-published book for ages 3 to 5 available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc..)
Here are some videos I created for it:
* Would also revise my other self-published books soon.
For Manuscript Submissions
* One of my novels (the one that reached a really, really long word count last post—around 80K—but WC is actually more now since it’s been divided into two books) has been submitted to a publishing firm. Still waiting if it’s going to be accepted or rejected.
* My first novel I’ve written, which had a book trailer before, is undergoing revision since I’m thinking of making it into a trilogy before I submit it. Initially, I was going to self-publish this, but thought of trying to submit it (once I’m done revising it) to publishers. Currently, I’m plotting the next two books for this one. No actual writing done yet.
* The other novel that had reached 28 thousand words (that I mentioned at another blog post was “on ice”) is still “on ice”. He he he.
* For the children’s stories—picture books—I’ve submitted, I received a reply for one of my manuscripts. However, the email of the editor merely stated a timeframe so I guess I’ll wait some more. So far, I’ve got a handful of short stories submitted to different book publishers. Planning to add more.
Oh, one more thing: Since this Musings blog is on a monthly schedule for now (to make ample time to write and revise my manuscripts), you may want to check out my other blog, SLS (SittieCates Loves Stories) when you have time. Thanks!
Next Blog Post: First Wednesday of next month for IWSG.