Day 21 – ROW80 Update

It’s been a crazy but a productive couple of weeks and this ROW80 update is actually covering two weeks as I failed miserably to post an update last Sunday. In fact I only managed to successfully meet just one out of three of my targets but it does mean that I’m now a few steps closer to publishing my novel…

The Butterfly Storm: Last week I got The Butterfly Storm back from my proofreader, made all the amendments she suggested and wrote the blurb to go at the front of the book. This week was all about turning the manuscript into a perfectly formatted and fully functioning eBook for Kindle (this involved a huge amount of help from my lovely husband) before saving it as a PDF and sending it back to the proofreader (which I managed to do yesterday) for one final check.

New WIP: I continued working on the idea for my new WIP and managed to spend 30 minutes a day on it last week (OK… I missed one day). The plot is beginning to take shape and I have a sketchy idea of some of the characters although no character names yet. I did absolutely no work on it this week, so the plan for this upcoming week is to pick up where I left off and work on it each day. You never know I might have a name or two by the next check-in…

Reading: I’ve not had much time to read over the past two weeks and what time I have had has been a few minutes at the end of the day before some much needed sleep. I am about a third into Joanne Phillips’ novel, Can’t Live Without and I’m really enjoying it. It’s funny and beautifully written with well-drawn characters. Once I’ve finished Can’t Live Without I’m going to read fellow WIPpeteer Alana Terry’s recently published novel, The Beloved Daughter.

Although I did only manage to fully achieve one of my goals over the space of two weeks it was a major part towards getting The Butterfly Storm published, so I can’t complain. With a little bit more time this week I can hopefully continue working on my new WIP, plus start concentrating on that small matter of how to actually go about marketing and publicising my novel ready for launching it in June.

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  1. Well done with your WIP! Finding 30 min a day with all that going on too is amazing. I’m so glad you’re enjoying Can’t Live Without, don’t forget there’s a sequel too if you’re curious to find out what happens next. Can’t wait to read The Butterfly Storm – did I miss your cover reveal, by the way? x

    • Thanks Jo. I will definitely be wanting to find out what happens to Stella, Lipsy and co once I’ve finished Can’t Live Without, so it’s just as well that you’ve written a sequel! I’ve not yet revealed the cover but I will do in the very near future – it’s getting exciting now seeing it all finally coming together. x

  2. The song says “2 out of 3 ain’t bad” but sometimes one project takes most of the effort needed at a certain time. It sounds like that’s what happened with The Butterfly Storm. Congrats on getting that ready for publication. Now just move on and keep plugging away at the next thing.

    You can do it, Kate.

    • Thanks so much for the encouragement. I’m looking forward to moving on and getting stuck into a new project and finally seeing The Butterfly Storm published. :-)

  3. Oooh, your book release is getting near, how exciting! And good job on finding the time to still work on your WIP! Hope you have a productive week again this week :)

  4. It sounds like you’re keeping up pretty well with your goals. Woohoo!

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