Alison MillerKaty UppermanJaime Morrow, and Erin Funk are once again hosting the summerlong Ready. Set. Write! initiative. Each week there will be a few headings, with short responses to allow for more writing time.

  • How I did on last week’s goal(s)

Baruch Hashem, I finished up my book cover, figured out how to edit in the title and byline using Gimp instead of waiting a day to use my father’s Photoshop, and had everything ready by my release date of the 20th. That was the largest artwork I did since I was sixteen. I also finished up the last little bits of stuff in the Appendices and “The Story Behind the Story.”

  • My goal(s) for this week

Get my vendor account verified with Nook so I can put Little Ragdoll up there. I’ve already registered everything else, and went through a quick, steep learning curve with Calibre and the EPUB format. I replaced the Kindle ISBN with the EPUB ISBN, temporarily changed the text into Times New Roman (the least of the three evils allowed), and went through the document to put in section instead of page breaks for chapters.

  • A favorite line from my story OR a word or phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

I put a few more paragraphs into “The Story Behind the Story.” One of those paragraphs talks about the jaw-droppingly horrifying, depressing original version of Julie (née Karin). Here’s a typical sweet, sincere Julie moment:

“You mean watch television?” Julie asks excitedly. “Sure, I’d watch anything on television, even if it was just a station pattern!”

  • The biggest challenge I faced this week

It was seriously ridiculous how long it took to figure out how to get to the option of “Remove space between paragraphs” in Calibre! I had to delete the book from my Calibre several times, and replace the manuscript at Nook even more times, on my way to figuring out how to get rid of all that unnecessary space which was added in the EPUB conversion. Baruch Hashem, I’ve been around computers for 30 years, almost as long as I can remember, so this kind of stuff is ultimately fun to learn and figure out, even if it sometimes takes a few hours to learn a new skill.

  • Something I love about my WIP

I love how all the characters developed in distinct, much-better ways when I went back from scratch and memory 16.5 years later. Probably the most stunning transformations were those of oldest sister Gemma and spoilt little brother Tommy, who both end up redeeming themselves. Gemma sacrifices herself in that forced marriage to an abusive man at age eighteen, knowing she’ll eventually escape and show her little sisters they don’t have to have that same fate, while Tommy grows up more slowly.

7 thoughts on “Ready. Set. Write! Week Two

  1. Congrats on figuring out all the things! And again – how cool that you are doing so much of your own artwork! Hope you have another great week!


  2. I’ve heard that it’s well worth it to learn how to use code for formatting your own manuscripts. Despite the fact that my current WIP is about technology that still sounds daunting to me. Good for you for figuring out the issue in Calibre! I’d be lost!


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