haven’t blogged in a bit so I guess I’ll write something here and keep this updated. Let’s see, where am I at…
Nothing happening on the job front. Applying to similar jobs, finding less stuff to apply to each week, finding days where I’m busy enough that I don’t get a chance to even look. Thought this was my 3rd week of unemployment for most of the week until today I realized I’m actually on week four so that’s scary.
My editor at Little Brown, where my last 2 books were published has moved to a new company, Roaring Brook, part of MacMillan Publishing, and I’ll be going with her, starting with this book I am wrapping up. To keep our schedule and release by next summer we’re basically in overdrive right now, which, being unemployed, is ideal for me as I have plenty of time to devote to getting this finished.
I wrapped up my latest draft this week, I’d been reading the manuscript from start to finish and marking it up for my own big polish, and I think we’re just about done. I also pitched some covers, which I’ve never done for any of my books so it would be pretty cool to do my own cover. It’s also fun to see someone else’s interpretation of the work, and I did love the covers for Happyface and Winter Town.
Currently trying to secure song lyrics permissions and it’s been a confusing hassle. Every person I write seems to be the wrong person and I’m on some kind of goose chase, and there’s several songs with lots of rights holders so I don’t know. I guess we’ll see what happens, it’d be a shame to have to rewrite scenes to take the lyrics out but I guess it is what it is.
The other big to-do is the art for the book, and my editor and I discussed some interesting new ideas for the art today, so I need to be working on that pretty much constantly. I’m pretty sure if I WAS still employed right now, this book wouldn’t be out until late next year or maybe 2016, so I guess everything happens for a reason.
Trying to fit in some exercise but I’ve been working more or less all day and night on stuff; when I don’t have plans I’m working, which is what I like anyway. I went for a hike this morning and I’ve felt tired all day from it which isn’t a great sign, so I just need to push myself to do more.
That’s about where I’m at. I actually really enjoy not having a crappy day job and in an ideal world i’d somehow make enough money over the next year to not actually need another one but I doubt that’ll happen. I’ll be working on this book still for the next month or 2, and pitching and selling a new project and actually getting paid for it won’t happen before I run out of money.
All that said, I have to go research another company and figure out what rights they hold, this is not my favorite activity! And off I go…