Monday, November 1, 2010

Answering a question: "When do..."

Question: When do you think you will be finished with Cursed with Power?  Do you have a deadline?
Asked by: Tessa Faith at Witty Writer

Hi again Tessa, thanks for your question because I am certain there are others out there who are just as curious as you to know what kind of deadlines I have set for myself.
Before showing you the actual deadlines I have set for the book, I first want to explain that this is based off of the fact that I finished the first 8 chapters in one month.  This is a vague set of deadlines I have set for my self:
By the end of November... finish another 8 additional chapters.  16 chapters total.

By the end of December... finish another 8 additional chapters.  24 chapters total.

By the end of January... finish another 8 additional chapters. 32 chapters total.

By the end of February... finish any necessary additional chapters to end the book. Begin editing. Post official summary to New Life.

By the end of March... continue editing through the book. Write query letter and synopsis.

By the end of April: continue with editing; begin mailing literary agents.  Present book at Student Learning Conference (if accepted)

By end of May... continue editing and mailing agents.

By end of June... continue editing and mailing agents.

As you can see while this is a very brief outline of deadlines I am hoping to meet, it is both reasonable and *hopefully* accurate.  Once I post the official summary of New Life in February I plan to begin outlining for that book.  I have not come up with deadlines for New Life yet obviously, but if you'd be curious in seeing them as they come along I am more than willing to share.  If you cannot wait for New Life --who can wait?--then I can add you to the mailing list.  A release date of the summary I will be announcing on both of my blogs as soon as I know a date I will be posting it.
I am aware that in my deadlines I say I will be editing the book every month after I finish it, but this is because while once I finish it I can start mailing agents I know there are revisions that the book needs.

Thanks once again for your questions, and if you have more you know where to ask.  I hope others of you will ask any questions you have as they arise.  I look forward to one day sharing this book with you in a new way --as in hello I would very much love for it to be published.
"There's a lot that I want." He said. He smirked as he said it like he knew he was pushing my patience.


  1. Thank you! (And you are so organized in your deadlining! I have thoughts like: "Tessa, try to have this first draft done by Christmas." I'm impressed.)

    If I think of more I'll ask...

  2. Daunting. I am in the middle of edits for my high fantasy.
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

  3. Tessa: I was glad to answer your question; any time. Eh, maybe I just am organized because if I wasn't it would drive me crazy. (Or wait did that already happen.)

    Nancy: Thanks. Best of luck to you editing.