Saturn as seen from Titan, painting by Chesley Bonestell

Saturn as seen from Titan, painting by Chesley Bonestell
Favorite astronomical painting

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Waiting and editing

Tomorrow will mark four weeks since submitting a query on The Shunammite Woman and still no reply which surprises me.  In the meantime I have finished editing my The Vanishing Shed novel by eliminating most all of the words "now" and "then" which I did because of an article in my RWR (Romance Writers Report) magazine.  This magazine comes from RWA (Romance Writers of America) of which I am a member.  They have an option where I as a debut author can submit my first novel information and appear in RWR.  Also RWA will be requiring members upon renewing to prove they are pursuing a career in romance writing.  One way of doing that is to submit proof of a novel which has an ISBN number and I can do that late next year when my membership is up for renewal.  If not accepted I'll lose full membership status which will result in not being able to vote.  I can submit my Change of Heart information and hopefully that will fill the bill.  I am once again going to seek an agent for The Vanishing Shed.
That is my update for now.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Sales Track Stats

Today marks two weeks since I submitted a query on The Shunammite Woman.  I have revised my novel The Vanishing Shed and now it numbers 84,400 words, not much reduced from 85,000 words.  After another read through I'll decide where I'll submit it.  I have given away two more copies of my religious publication which I did via CreateSpace to two folks in our congregation.  Its title is In Remembrance Of Me.  I only paid a bit under four bucks for each print copy of that and am selling it for five dollars.  I wanted to show you the stats of my novels/anthology below.  I don't have the figures on the actual sales via the publisher, only my own efforts at selling them.
The Silver Dart                                      seven copies
In Remembrance of Me                        four copies
2014 Summer Anthology                       three copies
A Change of Heart                                twenty-one copies
Actually, I do have records of some of the sales beyond the above numbers.  Some kind folks downloaded the ebook version of A Change of Heart.
My mother, Stella Hammersley, passed away almost eleven years ago and I have her book on which she worked fifteen years gathering information and photos for it.  Its title is White River Memories.  It has gone through numerous printings via a copying shop in nearby Bloomington, Indiana.  She sold it down through the years and now I'm selling it.  This is a non fiction book about Williams, Indiana.  It covers the local school at Williams which I attended grades two through twelve.  The school burned down and was rebuilt in 1944.  The school's first graduating class was 1911 and the last class was 1963, my sister-in-law, Brenda graduating that year.  My wife graduated in 1957 and I graduated in 1956.  The book contains all the available class photos and information about the small town of Williams where I grew up.  It is available from me and the local museum in Bedford, Indiana.  I have copies if anyone is interested.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Shunammite Woman query submitted

I have submitted a query of the Shunammite Woman to a publisher who published my science fiction novel The Silver Dart.  That was about a week and a half ago.  I've not heard anything yet.  The poem by my preacher friend, Fred McKinney I had decided not to include because I didn't think he would want his poem to be under a copyright of my story in case it sees publication.  I've since received word from him not to worry about that and go ahead and include it.
If I don't hear anything or it is rejected I'll probably go with CreateSpace like I did with my religious publication In Remembrance Of Me.  That way it would go into print.  Otherwise, a publisher might not put it into print because at just over 18,000 words it doesn't even reach novella status.
I have read through my old novel The Vanishing Shed with the intentions of resubmitting it in hopes to gain an agent or publisher.  I've noticed some of my segments are "over the top" in Nina's response to Buddy and so will shorten that part.  I estimate that will probably drop it from 85,000 to 84,000 words.  This is the novel which I received a rejection but a handwritten note from the agent that I was on the right track.  She wanted me to revise it a certain way.  I refused to do that but later decided to and resubmitted it to her.  I never heard back from her.  After putting the finishing touches on this and submitting it probably several times I'll probably start revising another novel that suffered numerous rejections.  Its name is A Reason For Rescue.  There will need to be some changes to it as well.
My poor blog needs some comments and I'd welcome that, even negative ones. If that happens, positive or negative please do me the courtesy of reading my answers.  I would appreciate it.