Revision Started on Book 3 of the Salmon Run Series

Today I started revision on Book 3 of the Salmon Run series. The book needs a bit of work, but I was pleasantly surprised during a recent read-through that it’s not as rough as I originally thought it was.

A few tweaks, fully develop the ideas already present in the first draft, and it should be fine. I’m aiming to have the revision finished in 6 weeks at which point I will hand it off to my two editors. Estimate goal for handing it off to the editors: July 10th. If I manage to finish it a bit earlier, even better!

One of the things I want to do is increase the wordcount. The first draft sits at 25500. I would like to bring it up to around 35,000 which is around where the other two books sit (37800 for Night of the Aurora and 35100 for Alien Winter). Considering that I need to flesh out the subplots and I added four scenes to the revision-outline, I should make it.

I’m so excited about the prospect of having 3 books in the series released. For me, that’s a milestone. The characters are really developing, I’m enjoying the town of Salmon Run and the fun with the aliens. Plus, it looks great in the book listings.

It has me rethinking this upcoming National Novel Writing Month. I originally planned to write a new trilogy, possibly writing the first drafts of all three in one month. However, I still have a lot of outlining to do on that series. Writing out the next three books of the Salmon Run series might make more sense, and would be a lot of fun.

I want to see what the characters will be up to next, too!

Then would come figuring out the cover. Hmmm. I’ll have to chew on that as I’m revising.

Author Beware in the New Publishing World

First, the day has gone well. I’ve worked on several small things through the day, and the result is that my to-do list has drastically dwindled. Which means I can dive into revision tomorrow without anything weighing on me. Yay!

Now on to not so nice news.

New clauses are showing up in big publishing contracts, and it’s Author Beware time. It’s being called a rights-grab and it’s starting to get ugly. And they are getting sneaky with it, by inserting items that once had their own clauses into places in the contracts one would never think to look.

Wow.

If you have an offer from either a publisher or an agent, run, don’t walk, to best IP attorney you can find. You’ll need all the help you can get. Read every line and every word. One wrong word in one place could spell disaster.

The Passive Guy makes a very good point that I think needs to be repeated and passed on as much as possible: Yes, this is business, but if there is no respect in the relationship, how can it possibly survive?

Then add in the new Agent clauses showing up, which in effect give the agent a portion of your writing income FOREVER.

EVEN IF YOU FIRE THEM FOR BAD BUSINESS PRACTICES.

As with any career, the writing career requires constant education. Below are a few links to give more information to help you get started:

The Business Rusch – Publishers: Surviving the Transition Part 2/

Strip-Mining the Authors/

Principles of Contracts: Everybody Knows Peggy Lee (or should)

Bottom line: Protect yourself. You are one small writer going up against Big Business. They could care less about you. They want the money, which means all the rights they can get. Protect yourself!

Story Status and New Release

#1 – Glint of a Ring – Finished at 7127 words
#2 – Dark Circus – Finished at 9474 words.
#3 – Glint of an Artifact – Finished at 9000 words.
#4 – In the Cauldron – Finished at 5794 words
#5 – The Flying Dutchman of the Spacelanes – Finished at 6118 words.
#6 – Glint of a Ruin – Finished at 9181 words.
#7 – The Ultimate Game – Finished at 3238 words.
#8 – Cowboys and Robots – Finished at 4841 words
#9 – Mop Jockies and Fighter Pilots – Finished at 3718 words
#10 – Lost in Translation – Finished at 2025 words

Total new words in the month of May for the challenge only: 60516

Considering a Nano month is 1667 words a day to reach 50k, I was writing at better than a minimum Nano pace. Even better, I came out of it with 10 finished stories that I can start revising and getting up.

I call the Forward Motion May Story-A-Day challenge a full success!

The month isn’t over, so why aren’t I trying to sneak in at least one more short story? Because I have a lot of other things needing done. Such as for the publishing business, and well…

I worked on a novelette today, getting it ready for release. That meant creating the cover art and all the formatting.

Story Status and New ReleaseI’m pleased to announce the release of “The Art of Negotiation.”

After overseeing the downsizing of a construction facility at Arcturus, Zada Harper comes face-to-face with a friend from her past… whom she just helped lay off.

Before she knows it Zada finds herself the next target of the ISC Corporation layoffs. She is suddenly without a job and forced into automatic arbitration for a severance settlement. But Zada won’t go quietly. She will make sure the ISC feels the sting of her departure.

An 8825 word science fiction novelette by J.A. Marlow

The story will be showing up in Amazon and Barnes & Noble sometime between tonight and Monday.

The Smashwords edition is available now.

Yesterday I finished the short story challenge, and today a new story was uploaded for sale. The holiday weekend isn’t even half over yet and it’s already a success!

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The challenge in question is the Forward Motion May “Story-A- Day” challenge. See my previous post about the rules. The goal is to achieve the 10 short story level.

Short Story #10 is Finished!

Day 28 Wordcount: 2025 (Lost in Translation, Short Story #10)

The Muse came through! She remembered a story that has been sitting on the back burner for several years now, and decided now was the time! Started writing it today and finished it.

Now I’m going to drop into bed. A full update will come on Saturday.

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The challenge in question is the Forward Motion May “Story-A- Day” challenge. See my previous post about the rules. The goal is to achieve the 10 short story level.

Idea Fishing

Day 26 Wordcount: 3002 (Mop Jockies and Fighter Pilots, Short Story #9)

Thanks to several word wars while in Forward Motion Writers chat, short story #9 is finished! I was hoping to finish it tomorrow, but as it crept towards bedtime I realized how close I was. I’m now late getting to bed, but I’m feeling great because it’s FINISHED! A full day early, too!

Now comes the problem of finding an idea for story #10. I’ve now written all the ideas I had a strong inspiration for at the beginning of May. But I’m not panicking.

The thing about stretching and strengthening the writing-muscle is that the more it’s used, the more it gives back. Which is why writers who have been at it for a while never worry about running out of ideas.

All month the Muse has been throwing ideas at me for longer stories. Now I get to bait her.

“One more story.”

“Aww. I wanna play.”

“And you will.”

“No, now! Look at this long string. Wouldn’t that make a good book? Or a series?”

“I can’t look at that yet. I need only one more short story idea.”

“Aww!”

And the Muse will pout and make mean faces at me. But this is a Muse who looks like a little 6-year-old in a ballerina/princess dress with a tiara and a scepter with a bright yellow star at the tip of it. She’s really good at making the mean faces, it comes to her naturally. So does beaning me with that scepter, but we’ll let that be for now.

The point is, she’ll pout for the rest of tonight, and maybe first thing in the morning. But then she’ll forget all about it. Because she’ll have found a new shiny while playing in the sandbox.

And I know she’ll trot over, bop me on the head and say, “See this? You need to write about this!”

And I’ll write it. I’ve learned to listen.

I’m very curious to see what the next idea will be. It’s one of the great things about writing. Seeing what new thing develops, going to exotic places, meeting strange and interesting people and creatures, having adventures.

I can’t wait!

Hmm, I went from writing-muscle to deranged little-girl muses. Now, there’s a segue.

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The challenge in question is the Forward Motion May “Story-A- Day” challenge. See my previous post about the rules. The goal is to achieve the 10 short story level.