As always, I’d like to begin this week’s progress report by thanking all of you awesome people who’ve followed, liked and/or commented on my blog!
Here are this week’s stats:
Word Count for Chapters Edited This Week: 8,483
Last Chapter of Third Draft Completed: 8
Chapters To Go (subject to change): 17
Days Until April 18th Goal Date: 47
The self-edit is still going very well, although I will tell you, the amount of small/dumb mistakes I’ve found is comical. Nothing too big or distressing, but I can definitely tell that I was stressed in the middle of my day job’s peak season when I was writing the second draft. Not judging myself too harshly, because it could be a lot worse.
No ARCs on my radar at the moment, so I finally read The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I have this book since right after finishing the Captive Prince series, but I’ve been too afraid to read it until now. Such a beautiful retelling of the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus before and during the Trojan War. I’ve already made the joke on Facebook but…let me tell you, if this had been the book we read in school about the Trojan War and Greek mythology, then I probably would’ve been more interested in the subjects. I loved it but…DEFINITELY time for something a bit more fluffy.
I’ve also been reading a book about internet marketing, Red Hot Internet Publicity by Penny C. Sansevieri. I’m trying to pick up a book, podcast and/or YouTube video here and there to help me better understand the different aspects of marketing/launching/writing a book. This one comes recommended by one of my new favorite YouTubers/podcasters, author Kristen Martin and I’ve been taking lots of notes!
Goals For The Coming Week
In the next week, I’d like to self-edit Chapters 9, 10, and 11. This thing is really coming along nicely and while I’m very nervous for the beta-read, I’m also proud of what it’s become so far.
With respect to reading, I’d like to finish Red Hot Internet Publicity, as well as read Ever After by Christina Lee and Riley Hart. Given how much I love a good m/m fairy tale romance, I don’t see that being a problem.
Note to Self
Don’t become complacent just because everything is going smoothly right now. Keep doing the thing, Baisden.