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Monday, November 9th, 2009
The Hollow Crown revision process step one

So I’m usually rather disorganized about my editing process. My editor sends me a letter giving me her feedback. Usually that involves a couple of pages of the larger issues, then a list of things by page number that are much smaller issues to deal with.

The way I usually approach the revisions (once I’ve howled and stomped my feet that it isn’t perfect–not that I expected it to be, but I can dream, can’t I?) Anyhow, the way I usually approach things is to scribble notes all over the editorial letter so that I can remember what my thoughts are as I go through, and then I start at the beginning and just start rewriting from page one. I do this because I’m a linear writer and so I need to start at the beginning and push forward.

This time, I’m trying to be more organized about it. First, I printed the manuscript out in comment mode, which means that the page numbers match my editor’s page numbers, but the print is about 9 point and I have two inch margins on the sides and three inch margins at the bottom–lots of room for making notes.

The next step is to go through and put post it notes on the pages where my editor indicated problems. After that, I’ll go back through and mark the specific problems so that I’ll be able to notice them when I get there.

After that, I will go back and read the whole book and try not to take a lot of notes, unless something obvious jumps off the page. Then I’ll start at the beginning and reread the chapter, and then go through and make changes to it, then rinse and repeat.

Hopefully this means I’ll be able to approach the changes more carefully. We’ll see. Reports to follow . . .

Saturday, October 31st, 2009
Contest, interview and Release Party

Bitten By Books is hosting a Release Party with a Character Interview and Contest on November 3. You could win a $75 and $50 Amazon gift card. If you go now and RSVP, you can get an extra chance to win! (that means you have to show up on the 3rd and ask a question).

So, go now and enter. And spread the word!

Thursday, October 29th, 2009
The Big Idea

If you want to know more about how I came to the ideas for Bitter Night, I’m talking about just that on John Scalzi’s Whatever. So come read!

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
reviewage

In another post of shameless self promotion, I’m asking you to post reviews of Bitter Night (and my other books too, let’s not make them feel bad), on Amazon, B & N and wherever else you can. It would be incredibly wonderful.

On another note, if these words were real, what would they mean? Are they verbs? Nouns? Adjectives? Definitions please!

Prink
shicking
craddle
pijal

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
Bitter Night Release Day!

yep, that’s right. Today is the day that Bitter Night releases. You know what that means? That’s right. Shameless self promotion. And not only that, I’m asking you to go promote me. (yes, make me a general of your armies. Be my minions! Mwhahahahahahaha!)

Anyhow, here’s what I’m asking. Spread the word. Blog about the book. Twitter about it. Invite me to interview on your blog. Tell everyone you know. Tell the bookstores you frequent that this is the best book ever. Oh! And I’d love to see photos of the book in the wild! Send me pics and I’ll post them! That would be awesome. Tell strangers in the grocery line. Tell strangers in bookstores. Tell your family and friends. And then come back and tell me so I can praise you with much lavishness!

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
last week countdown

Bitter Night will be out in one week. I’m dreadfully nervous. Herds of wilderbeasts are stampeding through my innards. Have you ordered your copy yet? So SciFiGuy has a great review up of Bitter Night today if you need more encouragement, and tomorrow he’ll have an interview with me.

Chapter 1 is up on my website, and here, just for you, is chapter 2:
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Sunday, September 27th, 2009
ARC Contest Redux–and cover flats

Okay, so since the original winners didn’t respond, here are the new winners of the ARC contest:

nonnycat and Ruth

And for the coverflat winners:

Anne
Peg
Kaigou
filamina
cloudshaper2k

So here’s what I need. Send me an email with your snail mail address to dpf AT dianapfrancis DOT com

Congrats!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
Back in the Saddle Again

Finally finished my grading. Turned in my final grades from last block and am three days into this block. And I’m exhausted. Hopefully I’ll catch up on sleep soon.

In the meantime, last call: Rosie and mallie_kite you won ARCs of Bitter Night. I need to hear from you by Friday noon or I’ll have to draw new names. At that time I’ll also draw for winners of the cover flats.

Starting tomorrow, at about 2:00 Mountain time, I’m going to start inhabiting the War Room again. Do you remember what this is? that’s where we go into the chat room, talk a few minutes, then write fast for 1/2 hour or so, then report back on progress, then chat, then do it again. I’ll be in there for a few hours each day, unless I have a meeting. Hopefully more on weekends. I hope to get some good work done, and I hope some of you will join me.

Jim Hines as an incredibly funny slush poem, Seussian style. A quote:

Would you like a hot sex scene?
I wrote it for my online ‘zine!

I do not like your pervy tale.
Your metaphors make readers pale.
Your paragraphs are pages long.
Your bad sex scene is oh so wrong!
Can people do that with their lips???
I do not like your manuscripts.

Go read it. Beverage warning. I bet you did know loo and poo rhyme, didn’t you?

I’ll hopefully see some of you tomorrow in the war room.

Friday, September 18th, 2009
an Interview With Me

On Saturday the 19th, Book Love Affair will have an interview with me posted. I will be erudite and entertaining and brilliant and . . . well, anyhow, I’ll be me. So do come have a gander.

Friday, September 18th, 2009
ARC winners

So there were 38 entries on the ARC contest (entries on my main site here and on my livejournal blog), plus one emailed because she couldn’t get access for some reason–sorry about that Patty! I used Random.org to generate the numbers, and so without further ado, the winnders are:

Rosie and mallie_kite

Please send me your snail mail addresses to dpf @ dianapfrancis DOT com If I don’t hear from you by Monday midnight, I’ll draw again.

Thanks eveyrone for playing! Oh, and yes, later today after I finish grading (could be tomorrow) I will randomly generate winners for cover flats. So keep your eyes peeled for that because I’ll need more winners’ addresses)