Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Flooded

It seems I underestimated the amount of ideas that would begin flowing through me once I successfully finished writing my first novel.  I thought that after pouring pieces of my soul into my young adult science fiction book series that I would be completely drained, that I couldn’t possibly have anything more to write about, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Recently I’ve been flooded with ideas for other books.  Book ideas that I didn’t even know I held within me until they miraculously started flowing out.  I now have ideas for 3 children’s books and another Young Adult book!  Who knew this was all hidden within me somewhere? 
Of course, I am far from done with my young adult series, but while I’m waiting my mind is free to consider other things.  Several people asked me what I was going to write about next and I thought there was no way I’d have more to write about.  It seems they knew me better than I knew myself.
Update over the past week.  My query letter has undergone serious reconstruction with the help of an awesome blog called the Query Shark.  After hours spent tweaking a single page using the Query Shark's advice, I then emailed my updated query to a family member (Megan Sorenson) and a literary agent (not one that represents my genre) for additional feedback.  Between these three sources I can with 100% confidence say that I have a killer query letter, so step 1 down. 
In the meantime, I am back at the computer, contemplating other things…

Monday, March 12, 2012

Bloggers Anonymous

So, I’m officially a blog addict.  I’m not sure how I’ve missed one of the latest social networking trends over the past few years, but it’s time to make up for lost time. 
I’ve been on Facebook for over seven years, know all about Twitter, have all kinds of App’s for my iPhone, and feel technically savvy, but I somehow underestimated the value of a good Blog.  Well, I am blind no longer. 
I really started looking into Blogs two months ago when I was thinking of beginning my own and now there’s not a day that goes by that I’m not checking someone’s blog.  My must see blogs are mostly authors, but now I’m definitely expanding my list.
There are many types of blogs.  For example, some are dedicated to enlightening people about a specific subject and others are really just personal journals, where you can really get to know someone.  So far they have helped educate me, make me laugh, emotionally invest in something, and best of all, it’s all done with words.  Bloggers are like characters in a book, each one different with a distinct voice, as they tell you of some experience.  It’s like speed reading.
You would be amazed at the things you can learn from a good blog.  Most recently I’ve learned all sorts of things about authors, literary agents, and the publishing industry in general.  More excitingly, today I discovered that The Hunger Games has an official nail polish to promote the movie! There are 12 in all to represent the 12 different districts, each with their own names based around the book. Where else would I learn of such a thing?

Friday, March 9, 2012

Website

So the temporary website is up:  http://kimberlypchase.com
It was designed by my husband and I in a matter of days.  There’s not much information on there yet, but you can check it out if you want to anyway.
Of course, the vision for the complete website is much more advanced than the one currently posted.  The updated website will be extremely high tech and I’ll have to hire someone to help design everything…so again we’re in another waiting game.
But at this point, I think this one will do!  Much love to the hubby for helping!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Everyone’s a Critic...Including Me

That’s right, I’m saying it.  Everyone is a critic, including me. 
In fact, I’m probably my toughest critic which is probably both a good and bad thing.  It certainly makes me a perfectionist in everything I do, which only means I work really hard to better myself, but it also means I’m sometimes too hard on myself to the point where it’s detrimental.  I’m constantly self analyzing until I’m sure that everything I do just isn’t quite right.
Since my last post I’ve decided to change my outlook on a few things.  I think my trip back to OH this past week to visit some of the best girlfriends I could ever ask for gave me some perspective on myself, my book, and on life in general.  It also helped that another dear friend, who reads about as many young adult books as I do, inhaled my book in about 4 days and had great feedback to give me.  Between these two things it was the boost my self confidence desperately needed to say I don’t care what it takes, my book is great, and I’m going to support it 110% regardless of what anyone else says.
That doesn’t mean I can’t take negative feedback or that the editing process is over.  It just means that I know that everyone will have an opinion and that sometimes they will not be good ones.  It’s not possible for everyone to absolutely agree on everything and that’s certainly the case with books.
Originally I was hesitant to let a few people close to me read my book because I was already going in at a disadvantage.  They don’t read YA and they don’t like science fiction.  That’s two points against my book before they even read the first sentence.   But now, I can say that I’m proud of where my book is at.  Yes it’s still a work in progress because I’m constantly tweaking it, trying to make it better and better, but I’m not sure it will ever be done, until it’s ripped from my hands and printed on paper where I can no longer mold it into the perfect master piece I expect it to be.
Since my last post, I’ve made great headway on a website, and hope to have it up and working very soon.  Just like the book, it’s a constant work in progress.  There are so many ideas jumping around in my head right now about what I want to do with it and at this point some of the ideas will have to wait until I’m farther along in the publishing process.  Patience seems to be a constant theme here.
So I keep repeatedly telling myself to be patient….but patience and I have never gotten along.