Friday, June 15, 2018

Haven't Written Anything New Yet






I'll admit I've been slacking off on writing lately. I'm trying to decide if I want to start writing what may be a sequel to the diary novel. I seem to have some ideas in mind. Earlier this year, I jotted down a dream I had that I'm still trying to decide if I want to write a story based on it.  Just trying to find some inspiration! 




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Yesterday, however, I began looking over my memoir for the first time in a while, noticing some typos (typical), and wondering how many more, if any, changes I'll be making to the story. It still seems hard to believe it's been two years since I began the memoir. Which reminds me--I began re-reading Prozac Nation yesterday. Several challenges I'm doing this year have prompts to re-read a book, and I'de been waiting to re-read this one in full, not just glance over different parts. It was the book that inspired me after all. And I read on Twitter this week that Elizabeth Wurtzel is working a sequel to her iconic memoir. She asked if readers would like to read an excerpt of the new book. I, among other users, said yes to the excerpt, and let the author know how I chose to write about my own experience with depression and Prozac after reading her book. I didn't bother saying how at one point I felt telling my story wasn't such a good idea since I felt it was too similar to hers, but was eventually convinced mine is different. I still don't know why I felt that way. But I got over it as you can see.








Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Should You Change Your Story For a Publishing Deal?

From Writerslife.org:



Let’s face it; there are not many writers in the world who wouldn’t love a publishing deal. Sure some of us might find the self-publishing route more rewarding, even more lucrative than if we were to sign with a traditional publisher. The majority of us, however, have a shared dream, and that’s to find a traditional publisher who is willing to take a punt on us.
But one thing many of us don’t think about is what we would do if that publisher wanted to take on our book, but wouldn’t agree to do so without making significant changes. Would we blindly accept, so glad that they picked us that we would let them do anything to our precious manuscript to see it in print? Or would we baulk at the idea and refuse, even for a considerable sum, to let anyone tamper with our sacred work?
This is something every writer should think about. Where is it that you would draw the line? How much would you be willing to change if the price was right? Would you never sell your soul just for a publishing deal, or does that sort of thing not matter to you at all - they are the professionals after all, and know what sells, so why not?
Writers need to ask themselves:
What do I feel comfortable with?
Don’t let a publisher push you into making changes that you hate. There is always room for negotiation and compromise. At the same time, it pays to be flexible. If you outright refuse to make any changes to your story, you’ll come across as difficult to work with which may make them wonder whether doing a deal with you is the right move after all.
Do I write for fame and fortune or something more?
Understanding what inspires you to write in the first place will help you come to an easier decision when realizing just how far you’d go and how many changes you’d be willing to make. If your motivation to write is merely to see your name in print and have people buy your books then making changes may not cause you to bat an eyelid. If however, you write because you have a particular story you want to share with the world, you might feel very protective of the words that have created that story and the specific message you want to get accross.
Would I regret it?
If you have a sneaking suspicion that you’ll end up regretting it, then it’s probably a good idea to stay true to yourself. There is nothing worse than feeling as though you have let yourself down and damaged your authenticity as a writer.
On the one hand, if your book is good enough to get a positive response from a publisher, even if they do want to make changes, that’s something to be very excited about. On the other, if you were to change your story and get your book published, you’ll then have a much more robust platform from which to write another book, and this time may feel you have the experience and backing of your fanbase to argue that your stories should remain as they are.
At the end of the day, this is a hugely personal choice, and there really is no right or wrong answer. But it is something worth considering, because knowing your limits, and understanding how you feel about your story can only prove beneficial in the long run.

Even though I have not yet tried to get a publishing deal, I seem well are that the publisher may want to change some things about my story, or ask me to change them. I made a lot of hard and careful decisions of what to add to the memoir and what to delete from it. Now I'm waiting to see how much I will want and need to add to the diary novel and what do delete, though there currently isn't a lot to delete--or there'd be no story at all! I have yet to even go thorough the diary to see what errors I have made (and I know I made some!), and I'm still struggling with the title. And there will be some polishing to do. Also, I am now wondering of I need to go over the memoir any more. 

I now feel prepared to negotiate with my eventual publisher on what to add or delete, and what to title my works, should they not like what I choose. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

What to Write Next...


As I have been trying to decide what to work on next, I found this meme. It sounds a bit like what I have been thinking. I have been thinking of trying to write more on the character from my diary novel that could easily become another book, a sequel to the WIP.

BTW, I may be coming closer to a title for my current work. In a post last week, I shared some titles I have come up and some that were suggested by others. Two people who commented to the post said they like the title "Confessions of a Metal Mouth." 

Friday, June 8, 2018

More on Character Names

I am still questioning myself how I chose the names I chose for the characters in my diary novel. But each of them seems simple and common compared to what I read in this article.


Yeah, I don't seem to hear Katie anymore. Now it's Cady. Years before the movie Mean Girls, I encountered someone I believed to be name Katie (from the sound of how she said her name), only to find it was actually Cady. Cady, to me, looks more like a phonetic spelling of the the way some people pronounce Katie. At the same time, though, I did encounter someone named Katie, short for Kathryn.

And I would not use too many bizarre names in my books, given how much I hated my own name, never seeing it on souvenirs and growing up among a plethora of Jennifers, Karens, Lisas, Michelles, Stephanies, and the like. This was something I noted in my memoir. 

As I said, I'm still asking myself why I chose Martin as the name of the protagonist of my diary novel, but then again, I did not choose anything to bizarre. Same with some of the others in my book, such as Roderick, Everett, Jana and Janelle (twins).

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

BOOKISH BINGO SUMMER 2018

The blog that hosted this challenge had been down for a while, but is now up again. Here is the bingo card for summer. I will get as many books as I can between now and the end of August.


I know the blogging has been spotty around these parts, but I'm pushing past the fatigue and lack of motivation today because it's time for my favorite part of this hobby: Bookish Bingo!

If you don't know, Bookish Bingo is a seasonal feature wherein we try to expand our reading horizons a bit and cover as much of the bingo card as possible. You can only use one square per book, and all books must be read in June, July, and August. To participate, leave a comment below. Here is the card:



My books for this one:

  1. Realistic Fiction: Girl With a Pearl Earring--Tracy Chevalier
  2. LGBT+: Queer, There and Everywhere--Sarah Prager
  3. Magic: Incantation--Alice Hoffman
  4. Travel: The Broken Road--Richard Paul Evans
  5. Yellow Cover: Kill All Happies--Rachel Cohn
  6. Religion: The Temporary Bride--Jennifer Klinec
  7. Been Putting Off: The Banana Split Affair--Cynthia Blair
  8. Reread: Prozac Nation--Elizabeth Wurtzel
  9. Illustrations: Concerning the Spiritual in Art--Wasilly Kadinsky

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Titles or Character Names, Which is Harder to Come Up With?

I still have not joined the Insecure Writers Support Group, but today on other members's blogs, I saw the question of the month:

IWSG Day Question: What's harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?

Anyone who has read my blog recently will know that I have been trying to come up with a title for my current work. One suggestion I'd gotten was Smile, but then I alerted the person who suggested that one of this book:





I could use that title myself, but it would just be too confusing to have two different books aimed at similar age groups with the same title with a similar storyline. I have also toyed with the analogy "behind bars" for the title, but have since decided against that one since it can be misleading (though the phrase is used in the book). 

I have decided to list some of the titles I came up with and some that were suggested:

The Truth About My Teeth
Getting Wired
The Tale of My Teeth
The Truth About Being a Metal Mouth
My Teeth: My Whole Teeth and Nothing But My Teeth
My Teeth Make Me Me*
The Tracks of My Teeth*
Confessions of a Metal Mouth*
 (* titles suggested by others)





As for character names, sometimes I have a hard time coming up with any, but other times I have one in mind almost immediately. Yet many times, I ask myself how I chose any particular name. I've had an obsession for the name Bob for so long, but have done my best to avoid overuse of that one, in this instance relegating it to the name of the old man across the street. I've been questioning myself on how I chose Martin as the name of the protagonist of my WIP. I'm just not sure how I chose that one. Or Roderick  and Everett for some classmates of his, and Jana and Janelle as twin classmates. Not to mention the names of the three mean girls--Rebecca, Sarah, and Natasha. How many of you have asked yourself how you chose any particular character name?

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Chapter Break Bingo – June 2018

Here is the new card for June.

Click on the card to download (or right click here and save-as).
Mark up the card however you wish to claim the squares.
Here’s a recap for clarity (with specific dates for example):
June 4 – new bingo card available
July 2 – Julie and I will post our June completed bingo cards. You can link up your bingo cards in this post
July 3 – new bingo card available
August 2 – Julie and I will post our July completed bingo cards. You can link up your bingo cards in this post. We will also be posting the June winner of the most squares in this post.
And so on and so forth.

My Books:
  1. Her Secret, His Baby--Tanya Michaels (4 squares): Father/Father Figure, Short (Under 300 Pages), In a Series, Library Book
  2. Girl With a Pearl Earring--Tracy Chevalier (4 squares): Physical Book, Not a  New Release, Jewelry/Gems, Accent
  3. Queer, There and Everywhere--Sarah Pager (3 squares): Free Space, Royalty, Wedding
  4. Incantation--Alice Hoffman (4 squares): Audiobook, One-Word Title, Apprentice, Not in a Series
  5. The Broken Road--Richard Paul Evans (2 squares): Road Trip, Depression/Anxiety
  6. Disney Manga: Tangled--Shiori Kanaki (4 squares): Graphic Novel, Dress on Cover, Unusual Pet, Missing/Disappeared
  7. Kill All Happies--Rachel Cohn (1 square): Graduate
  8. The Temporary Bride--Jennifer Klinec (1 square): Shelf Love
  9. Mary Barton--Elizabeth Gaskell (1 square): Free Book

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Writing is Rewriting

I've said that I finished my diary novel, but does when one really ever finish such a thing? I know I'll be rewriting it, however many times I feel I need to do so. When I said I finished it, I meant that I had gotten to the desired ending. 

This graphic says it all.


I have written my first draft. I have not looked over it for  a while, but I'm guessing I'm taking some time ways form the work to come back later with fresh eyes. Even though I have not worked on it for  awhile, I already know some things I can change and add. This was how I worked on the memoir, so I know now to do the same with the diary novel. I have also been thinking of what I can write for another book on the character introduced in my still-not-titled book. I got some suggestions, though and some great feedback from those who have read the story. I should try writing down the ideas for the possible second book, though I know I need to work more on the first one. Now I don't know what to do next! I guess whatever I want to do next. 
  

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Early Bird Books Summer Reading Challenge

Going to try this one now, too. With only six prompts, it should be easy to complete.



For Advanced Readers:

Friday, June 1, 2018

Book Challenge by Erin 9.0

I'll be doing this one again. I guess I can count myself as a writer for the last category 🙂





General Rules
• First and foremost, have fun. Don't stress. No one is being judged, graded, or penalized. Even if you finish only one book the entire challenge, if you enjoy it and it's an accomplishment for you, then that's awesome.
• The challenge will run from JULY 1, 2018 to OCTOBER 31, 2018. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on July 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on October 31 will count. (We live in different time zones – follow this according to your own time zone.)
• Each book must be at least 200 pages long. Audio books are fine too.
• A book can only be used for one category, and each category can only be completed once. If you want to switch the category of a book, or change the book you originally chose, no worries.
• You can read your books in any order you choose.
• Rereads can be used only once. If a book you love fits into a category, go ahead and visit it again. Read it in its entirety. But, only do this once for the challenge.
• There will be a photo album for each category with links to books chosen. Please comment on the photo for each of your books when you finish reading them. A comment can include a review, a rating, a recommendation…other readers want to hear what you thought of your choice. (If you need help with this, let me know…or there is a file attached to our group explaining what to do.)
• There will be 10 book categories with a possibility of earning 200 points. That’s 10 books in four months. For some of you, this will be a BIG challenge; for others it will be easy peasy. It’s all for fun, remember!
• Book categories will be posted June 1st to give you time to gather books in preparation.
• After the categories are posted, please post a preliminary list with books of your choice according to their categories on the facebook group page by June 15th (if possible). If you need help with a particular category or want a book suggestion, we as a community of reading enthusiasts can help each other. (Late entries will still be accepted.)
• The first three people who finish the challenge will be invited to contribute a category for the next challenge. The following will get a small prize from me (1st to complete 1st round; 1st to complete both rounds; and WILD CARD random draw – all who finish the 10 book challenge will qualify as an entry!) Plus, everyone who completes the challenge will gets all sorts of recognition and support!
• Lastly, have fun. Don't stress. No one is being judged, graded, or penalized. Even if you finish only one book the entire challenge, if you enjoy it and it's an accomplishment for you, then that's awesome. Wait, I’ve read that somewhere before…Good luck!

Book Challenge by Erin 9.0 - Categories

• 5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages

• 10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “N”

• 10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) orange cover

• 15 points: Read a book with an unlikeable character (by the way, I had to look up the spelling of “unlikeable” and apparently unlikable and unlikeable are both correct); Helpful links: 

• 20 points: Read a book from the list of 100 books that PBS calls “The Great American Read” (although, they aren’t all by American authors); helpful link:


• 20 points: Read a book with something related to water in the title; i.e. ocean, sea, lake, river, waves, etc.

• 25 points: Read a book you’ve owned the longest but haven’t read yet (or that has been on your goodreads “to read” list the longest, or has been sitting in your kindle the longest)...basically, read a book you’ve been meaning to read the longest but haven’t got to it yet. 

• 30 points: Read a book with an emotion word in the title; i.e. joy, sadness, grief, love, anger, etc. (submitted by Megan)



• 30 points: Read a book (must be at least 2 words in the title) where each word in the title of the book begins with the same letter (submitted by Vinay); examples: Magpie Murders, Gone Girl, Peter Pan, Love’s Labor Lost
Conjunctions and articles count; for example, if the title has “and” in the title, all of the other words must start with “A” to count; or if the title has “the” in it, all of the other words must start with “T”

• 35 points: Read a book featuring a character who shares your profession or similar one – basically the idea is the character does the same kind of thing as you do day to day – stay at home parent or student counts as a profession; yes, you may need to be creative with this one, stretch it, and make it work for you. (submitted by Bev)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Words for Wednesday


This week we have a phrase and a picture as our prompts.


  1. Back to the drawing board

And/or
Another of Bill's photos.

  

I saw this postcard in a box of old photos and other memorabilia that had been lingering in the garage for many years now. I turned it around to see who it had been from, and saw that it was from someone I had not seen in so long. I then viewed the scene on the postcard, thinking a road trip might be in the future.But then, it looked like a rather dangerous road, so it was back to the drawing board. 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Summer Reading Challenge 2018 @ The Messy Middle

Here is the link to this one. I will see how many of these categories I can fill. Number 9 and Number  21 might be hard for me.

It will start June 1  and run through August 17, 2018. To enter, read seven books from 22 categories. Along the way I’ll have encouraging posts. If you would like to write a guest post, contact me.
What’s in it for you? All who comment on August 17-19th with the names of the books they read will be entered to win one of ten $10 Amazon gift cards.
Sound like fun?!

  1. A book related to professional development(can be loosely interpreted):
  2. A book related to history: Girl With a Pearl Earring--Tracy Chevalier
  3. A book placed in a country I’m not familiarwith OR about a country I’m not familiar with:
  4. A young adult (YA) book: Incantation--Alice Hoffman
  5. A book recommended by a friend:
  6. A graphic novel: Disney Manga: Tangled--Shiori Kanaki
  7. A book you’ve been meaning to read:
  8. A book published more than 100 years ago: Mary Barton--Eizabeth Gaskell
  9. A book recommended by a teenager:
  10. A biography:
  11. A play:
  12. A memoir: The Temporary Bride--Jennifer Klinec
  13. A book by someone you might not spiritually agree with:
  14. A book that won an award:
  15. A book you read years ago and have meant to reread: Prozac Nation--Elizabeth Wurtzel
  16. A book that has been translated into English: 
  17. A book that is more than 700 pages (counts for two books!): The Brothers Karamazov--Fyodor Dostoyevski
  18. A mystery: Knit One, Kill Two--Maggie Sefton
  19. A book related to a skill (like cooking, writing, photography, or web-design): Concerning the Spiritual in Art--Wasilly Kadinsky
  20. A book by an author you know:
  21. Fiction (if you tend to read non-fiction) or Non-fiction (if you tend to read fiction):
  22. Penalty: subtract one book from total. (You potentially could lose two book points if you select a long one):


Friday, May 25, 2018

More Title Coincidences

Just yesterday while looking at books at Target, I came across this book:



Naturally, I thought about this story which I blogged about last week.





Now will there be confusion with all three of these titles?  Strangely, The Girl From the Train isn't a psychological thriller set in London as are  The Girl on the Train and Girl on a Train. Even so, there still might be some confusion, because there is some title similarity. Someone not familiar with The Girl From the Train might assume someone else means The Girl on the Train, or might say the same about Girl on a Train.

And also yesterday on Goodreads I came across a book that bears a title I have had under consideration for my current work in progress: The Story of My Teeth.



This has a totally different plot line from what I am writing. Again, since titles aren't copyrighted, there is nothing preventing me from using that title, though there's always the possibility of confusion between the two titles. 

I've also been getting title suggestions from people at work, including one that I may consider now. I will tell more about this another time.



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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Importance of Great Time Keeping

From Writerslife.org:


There are lots of skills that you need to perfect as a writer. Finding inspiration, staying motivated, and learning about the craft are just some of them. Being great at timekeeping is another.
While it may seem that being a great timekeeper is something only necessary for the office workers of the world, actually there is so much more than just arriving at work on time that a writer needs to think about. Learning how to manage your time appropriately will be seriously beneficial when it comes to your writing progress.
Here's why:
Meeting deadlines
If you are a freelance writer, you’ll know all about the importance of meeting deadlines. Without doing so, you’ll quickly lose clients and gain a reputation for being unprofessional. But meeting deadlines also applies to fiction writers too. This could be anything from competition deadlines, deadlines from your publisher or simply deadlines you have set yourself - making sure that you are organized enough to meet these is so important to your writing career.
Goal setting
Every writer knows how important it is to set goals. Whatever kind of writing project you are working on, by making sure that you have targets and set timeframes within which to achieve those goals is so important. Doing so will keep you motivated and feeling as though you are moving forward and making progress with your writing. Without this, it’s so easy to make excuses, start procrastinating and putting your writing on the back burner until it eventually drops off your to-do list altogether.
Making time to write
Excellent timekeeping will help free up more of your time to write. If you have other commitments (and who doesn’t?) being able to manage your time well will become invaluable. The more productive you can be in your day to day life the easier it will be to find slots where you can sit down and get some precious writing time in.
Feeling professional and organized
Being a writer is fantastic, but you want to feel like you have a proper job and treat yourself and your business with respect and professionalism. Make sure you set your alarm, get up and have an official time that you start work for the day. Have working hours (they can be flexible to suit you of course) and stick to them. Without doing so you could find you get distracted by other things that need doing and suddenly the day will have passed you by, and you’ll have achieved so much less than you wanted to.
Being a good writer may seem all arty and freeing on the surface, but it actually requires a great deal of organization, dedication and is pretty time-consuming too! So the sooner writers learn to pay attention to their timekeeping and treat it with the importance it deserves the more productive, creative and satisfying each writing day will be.

I still haven't quite been on a deadline, but this past weekend, I did set out to come to the conclusion of my WIP and did so by Sunday. Now the others a t work who I let read the initially unfinished draft are eager to read the rest and will be able to do so soon. I can't wait to see what they think of the ending. Of course I will need to  eventually do some polishing of the manuscript, but I d feel I reached the ending I set out to achieve. So in some ways I have been setting myself a deadline and have been making more time to write. It was a goal I had set for this particular time and work. Now my goal is to find a title. I have some written down for consideration and have just received some suggestions from one of those I let read my WIP. He's been trying to help me find the title.

And in some ways, I am starting to feel a little professional.

Now, I'm trying to decide what to do next.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Is it a Novel, Novella or Novelette?


That's what I now ask myself about my current WIP. I came to a decision on how to end it, but now it seems to short to be considered a novel. The current word count is 17K-something.




At least that's what this website says. Anyone care to argue otherwise? 🙂


I know that some kids' books are quite thin, would that be acceptable in my case? But here I read this about graphic and epistolary novels for kids:


I now wonder what I can consider an appropriate length for my work, since it's an epistolary book. I don't plan to make it a graphic novel, since I'm not that great will illustrations and if I want it to be illustrated, I'll have to have to get  someone else do that part 🙂


I also wonder if I should and how I can make my WIP longer. I now have some other ideas for the protagonist, but think that these should be another story altogether. The plot has been mostly about the boy getting braces. He's on the brink of becoming a teen and that could make for another book plot line. Or could this be all one book? This is making the title even harder to find. L

Lots of decisions to be made now.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Decided on an Ending

Yesterday, I came to the end of my still-untitled diary novel. Or perhaps it should be called a short novel? There are 99 typed pages. It's a MG or YA book, so the length seems all right--what does anyone think?


I had been give a suggestion by a co-worker about how to possibly end the story after she and others had read what I had written up to that point. I had told them that what I had written then was only the beginning. Once she offered her suggestion, I got to thinking how to I could conclude the story--how the protagonist, Martin, really feels about having to wear braces.

As I have been saying, I have more ideas in mind for the protagonist that could easily make for another book. It seems to be thinking too far ahead, but now I might start thinking about these now, because I'm wondering what to write next. I also wonder if I need to do more work on the memoir before I send it to the publishing contest I want to enter. I only wonder how many people have entered so far or just how many are aware of the contest to begin with. And I have a dream written down that I may try writing from, even if it just ends being a short story. Though I know I will need to do some polishing of my recent work. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

A Tale of Two (or More) Titles

The title of this blog post comes form this article from Minnesota Public Radio News: 

A tale of two titles: A girl, a train and thousands of confused readers

Seeing this reminded me of how I have been trying to find a title for my work in progress. I still haven't completed it, but have though of an ending before I even began to work on one last chapter or two before the ending. Has anyone ever done this?

But back to the title thing. As I've said in recent blogposts, trying to find a title has been challenging. One suggestion I got was Smile, but a pointed out that a graphic novel with that title exists. Even though titles cannot be copyrighted, it would be confusing to have two books with the same title with a similar plot line. I don't want to be accused of ripping off the one that already exists. But would that happen?



From the article linked above:

The Girl on the Train is a psychological thriller, set in contemporary London, with a female protagonist and a female author — Paula Hawkins. It was published this year, and received wide acclaim.
Girl on a Train is a psychological thriller, set in contemporary London, with a female protagonist and a female author — Alison Waines. It was published in 2013, and received almost no attention.
You might be able to predict where this is going.
"An incredible number of people were buying the wrong book," reporter David Benoit tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer.
Benoit revealed the case of mistaken identity in the Wall Street Journal — after he experienced it first-hand.
Benoit's mother read Alison Waines' book. Then she passed it to her son.
"I read it in its entirety," Benoit says. "It wasn't until after that that we realized, 'Hey, wait a second, there's another book out there that people are actually talking about."
After talking to readers of Girl on a Train and poring over Amazon reviews, Benoit concluded that most mixed-up readers had purchased the e-book.
"You go on Amazon, you click the first girl-on-a-train book you see on your Kindle, and maybe you never look at the cover again when you're reading, so you don't realize it's a different author," he says.
Not so his mom.
"My mother actually bought the book in a bookstore," he says. "So she didn't misclick. She literally picked up the wrong book."
In e-book and in print, the mistake has led to a boom year for Waines.
"Writing had always been a hobby for her," Benoit says, but this year she says she sold over 30,000 copies of her book.
And she's excited to see what happens when her next book comes out.
Several years ago, Stephen King published Joyland. A novelist named Emily Schultz published a book by the same name back in 2006.
Schultz got an immediate boost in sales (and documented how she spent that money on a website she called Spending the Stephen King Money).
"Now she has a new book out this year that's doing very well," Benoit says — it was featured in NPR's own book concierge, in fact — "in part because she had become a little bit famous with the Stephen King mishap."
Both Schultz and Waines published their books first, so it's not as though this were a cynical maneuver on their part.
And Stephen King and Paula Hawkins are doing just fine — Hawkins has sold over 6 1/2 million copies of The Girl on the Train.As for the readers?
"Many readers who admit they bought the wrong book liked it anyway," Benoit wrote in the Wall Street Journal.
"One woman I talked to actually liked Miss Waines' book better than Miss Hawkins' book," Benoit tells Wertheimer.
She made her book club, which had planned on reading the best-seller, pick up Girl on a Train instead. 
This reminded me of what happened recently at my book club. One book that had been selected for this year was The Silent Wife. On our Facebook group for the club, the title had been mentioned but not the author's name. One member asked for the author's name after she'd gone onto Amazon and found two books with that title:




The first one was the one that was selected as one of our reads this year, but at least two of the women in the book found and read the second one. "I read the wrong book," they each said. At our meeting in April, one of those who'd read "the wrong book" gave a synopsis of that one. I then got tempted to read that one (I borrowed a copy of the "right" book from another member), and sought a copy of the "wrong" one. It was pretty good. 

Coincidentally, The Girl on the Train was one of the books our club read when it was released in 2015. But no one mistook it for the other book mentioned above, which I'd never heard about until now. I liked The Girl on the Train, but haven't found out enough about Girl on a Train as of yet to consider looking for that one. 

Note that The Girl on the Train and Girl on a Train are both psychological thrillers set in London, but that the two books titled The Silent Wife are very different, and that one is psychological thriller. This being true, I now wonder how confused titling my WIP Smile would be since the book already existing with that name has a similar plot. Some kids might go looking for one book and then find the other one. Though I'm certain I will not use the title Smile. I currently have some titles in mind, many of which include the word "teeth." 


Monday, May 14, 2018

Still Trying to Come to the End




I wrote another chapter in my diary novel over the weekend and am still trying to decide how to end the story for now.  As I've said in previous blogposts, I have some ideas for the character, but don't want to cram all of them into one book, so I plan to set the other ideas aside for another possible book. I know, that's thinking too far ahead, but the other ideas I have in mind for the protagonist are completely different from what I have been presenting in the current work.

I have got an idea in mind for the end of the WIP, but am still wondering how many more chapters and details to include before reaching the end. And I'm wondering what the average word length is for diary-based novels. I currently have 86 typed pages and wonder if that will be enough for a short fiction book. But does the number really matter? This as the question I had when working on the memoir. I manages to get that one to 88K+ words. And I still want to enter the memoir in the publishing contest at Blydyn Square Books. I have till the end of September to send it in, either by hard copy or as an email attachment.

How long has it taken any of you authors out there to end one book?