Moving Day

by Amanda S. Green

Well, this is my last regular Sunday post for MGC. No, I’m not leaving, just moving. For those of you who might have missed the earlier announcement, Rowena is stepping down from the blog. We’re going to miss her, but we understand that there are times when you just have to step back from some things so you have time to do the really important ones. This is one of those times for Rowena. It’s been fun having her in the madhouse with us and I know I speak for the other MGCers when I say that we hope she drops by often.

The MGC lineup starting this week will be the same as always, except that I’ll be taking over the Tuesday slot. I’ll continue writing about the state of the industry, breaking news, tech and, well, whatever comes into my head. Weekends will be for promotions, snippets, and other fun stuff.

Now for my own confession. I don’t have anything for you today. Sorry. I’ve been up to my eyes this week trying to finish a novel. I’m only a little late with it — of course that’s if you define “little late” as almost a month late. I’d hoped to finish it last night but couldn’t kick start the brain into functioning after returning home from a banquet. The only problem is that my brain decided to play through the end of the book — over and over and over again — all night long. So now I am trying to pump enough coffee into my body to be able to think well enough to finish the book.

So, here’s the deal. I know a lot of you guys are doing NaNoWriMo. Post your progress if you want.  Give us your goals. If you need a cheering section, here it is. If you have a question, this is yor chance.  If there is anything about the publishing industry you want to discuss, go for it. The floor is yours.


  1. NaNoWriMo. My YA cyberpunk is officially at 30532 words. Unofficially, there’s a bit more, as I’d written the first two chapters and a bunch of worldbuilding before NaNo. However, that’s for straight out writing.

    _After_ NaNo, the editing begins. Well, I’ll probably let it cool for a month or two, but I can already see that my teenager is a bit too much of a drama queen. It’ll either get written out, or a great deal of maturing written in, eventually.

    My other POV character needs a bit more page time, and some semblence of a real life, in between exploring weird stuff and saving the world from an out-of-control AI who envisions itself as a T-rex. Actually, this may be where the needed “more words” comes from.

    Plus, I probably need a real human antagonist as well. That too needs doing, even though I’m not sure how to defeat him. Or if I even need to, once the AI is gone. He might be a good target for a sequel.

    1. Free idea for a YA cyberpunk antagonist — the adult (teacher, family, whatever) who just doesn’t believe it. Come on, you’re just imagining this stuff. There aren’t really computers doing that kind of thing. Grow up! And so forth and so on, just belittling every attempt that the YA protagonist makes to let them know what is happening. Just a spare thought.

      1. “Well, I almost got eaten by a Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Gym’s AI tried to fumigate me, but turned out to not be altogether evil, and I met a couple of guys, one of which I’m almost sure is a real person. All in all a really fun day.”

        Her mother’s smile widened. “I’m glad to see your sense of humor survived you being grounded.”

  2. I’m not NaNo-ing … or at least, I didn’t *think* I was. But the short story I was writing told me last week it was actually a novella. And now it’s saying that it might be even bigger than that …. we’ll see.

    1. Another nice thing about e-publishing is that we can now sell all sorts of odd sized stories.

      As soon as I finish NaNoing I’m going to polish up two novellas and a short story that add up to “book sized” and publish them as a single item on Kindle. But if I wanted, I could publish each one separately.

    2. I’m not NaNo’ing in the proper sense of the word. I’m not signed up on their site, etc. But I am using the month to try to not only get caught up with my writing and maybe even getting ahead some. And yes, I also have a story that has decided it wants to grow up and be a novel. I keep telling it how wrong it is. It really does want to be short. Unfortunately, it isn’t listening to me 😉

  3. Pam, you’re right about how we can now publish a variety of different lengths thanks to e-book self-publishing. However, I want to remind everyone that it is still quality of the writing as well as quality of formatting that will win readers over. That means having a good editor — whether through your writing group or trusted betas who know what editing is or by hiring someone. It is one thing to put up something like Sarah and Dave are where rights have reverted back to them and something entirely different to put up a new work.

    I’m not trying to discourage anyone. But I’m seeing a growing trend where readers are hesitant to buy self-published works because they’ve been burned in the past. More emphasis is being placed on reviews and a lot of 5 star reviews are looked at as suspiciously as a lot of 1 star reviews are. So, if you are (and I’m using the generic you here) self-publishing, don’t skip steps.

    Oh, one other thing to remember — and this is something I came across today. If you have submitted something to a publisher for consideration and decide to put it up yourself, let the publisher know you are withdrawing the work. As I’ve said in the past, publishers google authors and titles and it doesn’t do you any good for them to find out you’ve put something out you’ve submitted to them for consideration.

  4. Pam? Mother does now best, now doesn’t she? Yeah, I could see her being a stumbling block. And when the AI decides to target her, too? Now the hero has to protect her, and she doesn’t even believe any of this? Could be good.

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