Once upon a time, in a not-very-exotic land called Queens, there was a short, shy-to-the-point-of-stupefication young nerd who realized that she liked stories. Loved them, in fact. Absorbed them quickly.
At age nine, influenced by her best friend who was a brilliant storyteller and the books she loved so much already, the girl decided to try to write a story that wasn’t for school.
It was about eight pages long, was a direct plagiarized version of Interview With The Vampire (don’t ask what this girl was doing watching movies like that at her age; her parents had no concept of movie ratings), but she’d had fun writing it.
Twenty years later, she wrote and published a novella…
PEARL has been out for a month today. That went by fast! (As opposed to the twenty years of creative writing. That did not go by fast.)
Since this is a “writing process” blog (at least in part), here are the numbers:
–16 sold. Of those, 1 of them was me (checking on the formatting), 15 were from Amazon, 1 on Barnes and Noble. Of the 15 that are not me, 14 were sold on Amazon US, 1 on Amazon UK.
Because the sales are overwhelmingly Amazon, I decided to pull Pearl off the other vendors and use Kindle Select, which requires you to be exclusive to Amazon. This means that come August, when I’ve hit 30 days of Pearl being in Kindle Select at the same price, I can put it up for 5 days of discounting but still make my desired royalty. Plus, I think it’s also in the Kindle Lending Library, too.
So. What else?
In Vic and Nic land, I finally seemed to have hit a point where I don’t mind as much that this draft is…well…shitty. I mean, what else can I expect from one of my early drafts, yeah? It’s the best gush of writing on this project that I’ve had in ages, which is awesome. However, there’s a lot of work to be done on it.
I am thinking that, when I finish this draft and get to revising it, that I want to make some structural changes. So, let’s take a mini-vote:
When you read a book that has a contemporary storyline but also a historical storyline (which is related to the contemporary, but maybe that doesn’t become clear right away), does it work better for you if the chapters alternate (example: Chapter One is now, Chapter Two is the past) or if Part One of the book is now and Part Two of the book is the past?
Also, I’ve been reading Oscar Wilde’s plays because Victoria, who becomes a stage actress in Victorian London, would have absolutely known about/possibly been acquainted with Wilde and his arrest and trial was the talk of London. Plus, it’s giving me insight into the language of the time period and I’ve pulled some really great lines from his play Lady Windermere’s Fan, which I plan to have Victoria quote.
This leaves me with this nagging feeling that Nicole’s story in the book is a bit lacking in oomph. It’s the typical problem I have writing contemporary pieces where the characters start feeling too much like me and my friends and I’m not sure why I decided having a half-and-half feel to this story would be a good thing. It’s my typical muddled writing process.
But, as my friend Jess wisely said yesterday, “Finish this first!”
(She was actually telling me that because I told her I had a few ideas related to Pearl-land. Alexandra’s mother. Did she really die in childbirth? Miles’s second wife, who (before she’s widowed and becomes Miles’s second wife) was at Lord and Lady Banston’s party, at which…things… happened. Jess also said she was curious about what happened at the Banstons’ party.
But yes, finish this first.