Sorry I haven’t been posting this week! It’s finals time for school this week and next week, so I have essays to write and research to do! It’s been hectic lately with the heavy homework load. Good thing I have this week and next week off from babysitting! I have the time to actually to do my homework and finish recording my video lectures for my class that starts on Monday (I’ve been procrastinating).
I’ve decided that on Sundays at 12:00pm PST is when I will do live video chats over Google Hangouts or Skype for my students to ask me questions face-to-face. The first Sunday I have to move it to Monday though (hahahahaha!) because I will be on a plane that day. Sundays are the only days I can think of where I will have the time to do the live classes because during the week I have homework and babysitting.
My mama is now on social media! Everyone better watch out!
I wanted to take a moment to talk about the Inhuman series. Recently I got a letter from a book publisher saying they were interested in publishing my book. I’m not sure if I want to go through a traditional publisher because I want to have 100% control over my vision, and you give up some of your rights to the publisher. I don’t want someone telling me what I can and can’t put in my book, telling me what I should put as the title, or telling me how the cover should look. I want to decide all that. My book is like my baby… And I love my baby exactly the way it is! The trade-offs are just too much for me to decide to switch over to traditional publishing. I can make it on my own! hahahaha!
Anyway, back to my book. I originally wrote the series back when I was 15. It was originally called The Runaways because Annemarie and Mark were going to run away, but I decided to not include that. Also, since the series wasn’t focused entirely around them running away, I felt I needed to change it. I wanted to get rid of the parents, so I thought up the idea of both of them coming from abusive homes. I also had to speed up the aging process with them. Annemarie will be 18 and would be graduating from high school in the second book because her being an adult and moving out seemed more realistic (as realistic as you can be with a book about shape shifters). Originally she’d still be in high school around 17 or so.
There was a lot that I changed, and I decided to condense the series into a trilogy whereas before it was a four book series. I owe a lot of my changes to my editor. I sought her out on my own and she only charged me $100 for her services, and she did some extensive work on my novel. The work she did would have cost me $500 to $1000 from any other editor, and I thank her from the bottom of my heart. She’s retired now, but I wish I could go to her again. She was outstanding!
After I got my first edit from her, I had put it away for about 3 years. I got it edited when I was 17, and I was so embarrassed and ashamed because there was a LOT of work that needed to be done on it. I thought it was perfect until I got my first edit back, and realized how many gaps there were in the plot and the extensive amount of grammar errors. It stomped on my ego a bit. My editor even said that I might put my book away for a while before I can look at the edits again and work on it.
So 3 years go by, and I still hadn’t touched it. I was 20 years old living in Los Angeles with my Joshie-poo. He told me to quit my job as an assistant teacher at a high school because he hated seeing me come home stressed out. That and I worked in the bad side of town near Compton at a high school where a good chunk of the students were on parole/just released from Juvenile Hall. It just made Josh nervous. He told me to stay home and work on my book. He wanted me to get it published for him, so I quit my job and stayed home. If it weren’t for Josh, I probably still wouldn’t have my book published 🙂 I love him so much for that!
While working on my book, I pretty much rewrote the whole thing. I cringed at my bad writing from my teen years, but in a way I thought it was cute because it was like I was looking at my past self from a different point of view–the view of a young adult. It took me about 6 months to rewrite my book, get it reedited, and published. Not a long time when you think of it, but that’s how fast it is when you self-publish.
It wasn’t until recently that I learned about spirit guides and angels and all that. Once I learned about their existence, I realized how much they influenced my books. They helped me to rewrite it! It was amazing seeing similar characteristics between my fictional characters and my guides. That proved to me that even if you don’t believe in them, they’re still there helping you 😉
Have a great day everyone! I’m off to write my essays!