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Writing hours in July

August 4, 2013

I’m always amazed on how fast another month has gone by and it’s time to update my monthly writing hours.

In July, I worked mostly on True Nature, which is with the content editor right now. If her feedback is as demanding as it was for Second Nature, there’ll be two or three more months of hard work ahead of me before the manuscript is ready for copy editing. But I know it’s worth it.

I edited a novella titled Rich Girl, whose author patiently hung in there with me, successfully making it through several editing passes.

I also participated in another two-day editing seminar, and it was fun to meet other editors, since most of us tend to work alone.

So here are my numbers for July:

  Writing
Editing
Research
January
46 hours 14 hours
February
44 hours 19 hours
March
82 hours 15 hours
April
71 hours 4 hours
May
105 hours 5 hours 25 hours
June
135 hours 10 hours
July
122 hours 19 hours
TOTAL 605 hours 86 hours 25 hours

Check back next month to see the hours for August. I’ll work on another great manuscript as an editor this month (Broken Faith by Lois Cloarec Hart), and I hope to get the edits for True Nature back from my own editor. One thing’s for sure: Working in publishing never gets boring 😉

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Writing hours in June

June 30, 2013

I spent most of June with my shape-shifters. Fictional ones, of course. I finished the last revisions of Second Nature, wrote a new short story for Natural Family Disasters (a shape-shifter anthology), and started revising True Nature, the sequel or rather spin-off to Second Nature.

I put that manuscript aside when I had the idea for a short story in summer 2011… One year later, that short story had turned into a full-blown novel titled Something in the Wine. So it’s been two years since I last looked at True Nature and can now take a more objective look at the manuscript. I still like the story and the characters very much. There’s a lot of work ahead of me, but it’s worth it.

So here are my numbers for June:

Writing
Editing
Research
January
46 hours 14 hours
February
44 hours 19 hours
March
82 hours 15 hours
April
71 hours 4 hours
May
105 hours 5 hours 25 hours
June
135 hours 10 hours
TOTAL 483 hours 67 hours 25 hours

Check back next month to see the hours for July. I hope to be a lot further along with True Nature this time next month, and I will also start editing two great manuscripts. More about that soon.

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Writing hours in May

June 1, 2013

Another month is over–and what a month it was! I spent a lot of time revising Second Nature, which will be published in July. I’m almost finished with the novel now.

In the evenings, I got started on the research for a historical fiction novel taking place in San Francisco in 1906. That’s my idea of a relaxing evening 😉

Here are the numbers for May:

  Writing
Editing
Research
January
46 hours 14 hours
February
44 hours 19 hours
March
82 hours 15 hours
April
71 hours 4 hours
May
105 hours 5 hours 25 hours
TOTAL 348 hours 57 hours 25 hours

Check back next month to see the hours for June. I hope to write a new short story this month and to get started on the second draft of True Nature.

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Writing hours in March

April 5, 2013

March was a busy month for me. I finished the final edits of my novel Backwards to Oregon, which will be available within the next week. I also worked on Beyond the Trail, an anthology that goes with Backwards to Oregon. It should also be published in April.

I also edited an amazing book, Walking the Labyrinth by Lois Cloarec Hart, which will come out later this year.

So here are the numbers for March:

  Writing
Beta reading / editing
January
46 hours 14 hours
February
44 hours 19 hours
March
82 hours 15 hours
TOTAL 172 hours 48 hours

 Check back soon for more news on Backwards to Oregon.

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Writing hours in February

March 10, 2013

I just realized I’m late with the report of my writing hours for February.

So here are the numbers:

  Writing
Beta reading / editing
January
46 hours 14 hours
February
44 hours 19 hours
TOTAL 90 hours 33 hours

Compared to 2012, that’s 12 more hours spend writing and 26 more hours spend editing other writers’ works.

Most of my writing time in February I spent on revising Backwards to Oregon, which will be republished in May. Now I started working on putting together an anthology of short story sequels and prequels to Backwards to Oregon.

Check back at the beginning of April to see the numbers for March.

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Writing Time in November

December 1, 2012

Wow, it’s December already. Just three more weeks until Christmas. Can you believe it?

I didn’t get much writing done this month, but I blogged about writing on my publisher’s blog. We prepared a few interesting blog posts about writing that will be posted this month, so if you are a writer, you might want to subscribe to Ylva Publishing’s blog.

I also spent about ten hours translating fiction from German to English.

So let’s take a look at the numbers for November:

Writing Beta reading
January 47 hours 5 hours
February 31 hours 2 hours
March 36 hours 3 hours
April 12 hours 31 hours
May 51 hours 15 hours
June 36 hours 4 hours
July 51 hours 2 hours
August 5 hours 13 hours
September 50 hours 12 hours
October 53 hours 12 hours
November 3 hours 7 hours
TOTAL 375 hours 106 hours

I will start revising and rewriting my novel Backwards to Oregon today, so check back for December’s writing hours next month.

Oh, by the way, Ylva is giving away free copies of some of our books on every Sunday in Advent, and we’ll be giving away a signed copy of my book, Something in the Wine, on December 24. Check out the blog tomorrow for the first giveaway.

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Writing time in October

October 31, 2012

October was an eventful month. I published two new books, one novel and one novella, with my new publisher, Ylva Publishing.

I started to mentor a writer in the GCLS mentoring program, and I counted that toward my beta reading time.

I also spent a lot of time on the train, which translated into a lot of writing time 🙂

So here are the numbers for October:

Writing Beta reading
January 47 hours 5 hours
February 31 hours 2 hours
March 36 hours 3 hours
April 12 hours 31 hours
May 51 hours 15 hours
June 36 hours 4 hours
July 51 hours 2 hours
August 5 hours 13 hours
September 50 hours 12 hours
October 53 hours 12 hours
TOTAL 372 hours 99 hours

Check back for November’s writing hours next month.

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