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27th-Oct-2010 12:28 pm
Just a quick status update. I haven't been on LJ lately but I am doing much better now. At the moment, I don't have a lot of energy so I'm restricting my activities to ones that have priority, which currently is related to the publishing of The Empire.

Apart from working on my health, improving my diet and slowly increasing my exercise level, I've been learning a lot about what it means to be an author and the publishing industry. Getting a book written is actually the easiest part of the process. The real work comes after the book is finished.

Currently, the book has finished the editing phase with the publisher. Numerous rounds of back-and-forth with my editor. Fortunately, most of the changes were minor grammar things. I still have problems with the use of ellipses vs. em dashes. Sigh. We are now in the proofing stage, which shouldn't take long and working on the design for the cover.  I've also set up a writer's page for Facebook (Elizabeth Lang on Facebook and started on an author's Website  (with much help from my brother). In addition, I've been learning lots about book advertising and getting a book reviewed, not easy. Managed to get the book deal reported on the Quill and Quire magazine, which is one of the main magazines for book news and reviews in Canada. Hopefully they'll be willing to review it too but I'm not holding my breath.

I also discovered a great cartoon animation program for dummies yesterday and I am creating a cartoon of the first couple of chapters of The Empire. Unfinished cartoon for chapter 1 of The Empire

I will get back to writing for my friends. Amusements still needs to be finished but not until I have a bit more energy.

That's all the news for me. How is everyone else doing?
Avon Cally Soulmates
27th-Oct-2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
Hey I was just about to ask how you were. I look forward to starting up an lj community for your books XD

I'm well but crazy-busy with work and so have much less online time than I did what with driving lessons and trying to sew stuff. I'm currently plotting a story/rpg thing with some RL friends too which has dragged me in. Mab utterly adores it though so she is happy. Btw, I showed them Reya and Argus' wedding (beautiful, beautiful vows) and am trying to get them to watch B7 so they can read your fanfic.

Good luck on the editing and writing. I'm glad you're feeling better. I've been trying to improve my diet and exercise level too but stupid frosty roads are making it difficult to walk in mornings and I eat waaaay too much chocolate. :-) *glomps* It's so nice to hear from you.
27th-Oct-2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks :) It's great to hear from you and Mab. How are the driving lessons going? A story/rpg sounds interesting. *hugs*
27th-Oct-2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
I have a cheerful Kaylee-like firework maker, a snarky spymaster and her assistant and a cool dressmaker as characters. Lots of fun and a nice range of different ages and personalities.

Also the spymaster has two cats lol. One of them I swear takes lessons from Mab.
27th-Oct-2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
Sounds like it will be fun.
27th-Oct-2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
I made the mistake of borrowing a couple of games from Eldest. I've not been on-line much because I've been playing those.
27th-Oct-2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, which ones? I've been wondering where you were too.
28th-Oct-2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
which ones

Nothing exciting, only Jewel Quest.

I've started knitting a new shawl as well and I can't do that in front of the computer.
27th-Oct-2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
The website looks Snazzy.

I seem to have little online time right now as the time I'm at home from work coincides with the time our internet provider decides to service their servers!
27th-Oct-2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
Hey there! Thanks. Bad timing for the servers.
27th-Oct-2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
Who's the publisher?
27th-Oct-2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
It's a small publisher based out of the US called, IFWG Publishing.
27th-Oct-2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
How much are they paying you? I've got two friends that are pros. One with Baen the other with Roc.
27th-Oct-2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
This is a fairly new publisher. About a year or so old, so there was no advance. But they are paying for all the expenses incurred in bringing a book to print and the advertising.
27th-Oct-2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
Sounds like things are really moving along. Great!

Glad you're still feeling better.
28th-Oct-2010 07:37 am (UTC)
Good to catch up Kal. I wondered how you were doing, especially as I was at friends last night, and we watched the last 3 episodes of Season 2!

Good to know the writing is going well ... I must get down and focus on my fan-fics ... if only to upset my Beta!!

Keep the return t health going - slow and steady is the best.


btw - I dodn't know if it was before you were ill or not - but did you see these icons I made for scifi20in20
28th-Oct-2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
And just thought (or noticed), now the third series has content can we have a link and an index in the side bar, please?
28th-Oct-2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
Done :)
28th-Oct-2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
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