Holy heck, there is a lot going on in my writing world right now! Lately I’ve been wearing so many different hats, and changing them at such a frenetic pace that I feel like my brain is going to explode. Here are some of the things that have been keeping me busy:
It is exactly 5 weeks and 2 days until The Ark comes out into the world on Friday September 19th. Eek! Preparing for this has been consuming pretty much every waking moment (and I regret to say, some of my sleeping moments too). I have been:
- Finalising all the layouts and reformatting them for each of the different e-readers, which is just as much of a pain as it sounds like it would be
- Working through the LAST EVER round of edits, based on feedback from my lovely proof reader Deb Fitzpatrick
- Planning the launch, which is going to be an experiential theatrical extravaganza. I won’t say anymore than that because it will spoil the fun, but I’m VERY excited about it
- Working with my publicist on my media and marketing strategy
- Uploading all the bonus content and fine-tuning the app
Whiskey Charlie Foxtrot
As if The Ark wasn’t keeping me busy enough, I’ve also been working towards the US release of my second novel, which is coming out in April 2015. I’ve been editing the novel with a US audience in mind – a fascinating process which I wrote about in this post. Thanks to some punk releasing a book with a very similar title, I’ve also had to think of a new title for my book. Thanks to everyone who contributed their ideas on this. In the end we have gone with something simple, and similar to my original title: Whiskey & Charlie.
I’ve been making notes for a while on my fifth novel, tentatively titled Self/Help, which I will begin working on during my residency at Katherine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre later this year. I am in the process of applying for a grant to complete that book next year. Grant applications are insanely time-consuming and involve numerous fiddly jobs like updating your CV, seeking letters of support etc and all the time you’re debilitated by the dreadful thought that you probably won’t even get the grant. Although I’ve been lucky with funding in the past so I am keeping my fingers crossed.
Writing in the Digital Age
At the end of this month myself and fellow author Natasha Lester are teaching a masterclass on Writing in the Digital Age for the Fellowship of Australian Writers (WA). We’ll be covering Scrivener, social media for writers, self-publishing and enhanced e-books. So I will be pulling together everything I’ve learnt in the last couple of years, and putting my teaching hat on.
Phew! No wonder I’m exhausted. What are you guys working on?