I am really terrible at keeping up with my website. Every time I sit down to write, I always have good intentions of putting up a new post but default to my current work in progress. That's not a bad thing as far as production goes but it does keep potential
readers out of the loop as far as what I'm working on. I'm going to make it a point to post a new update at least once a month and an excerpt every week to keep up my engagement levels.
I posted my opening scene to The Puppet Hunter this morning (you can find it here: https://trisharrowsmithauthor.com/opening-scene/) and as always, I would love any feedback you have. Criticism is always the most helpful to me as it helps me restructure, edit, and grow. Praise is nice as well but it's more of a hug to the ego than anything else.
I am currently still working on the first draft. Life, as it is, has set me back a little from where I was hoping to be at this point, but I'm still typing away trying to make it the
best it can be. I will be taking a break from it and going back to Distorted Perception for Camp NaNo in April. I will be working on the final (final, final, final) draft and if I'm being honest, it's a little scary to think about. That means I will have to finalize the synopsis (yes, I'm still working on it), finalize my query letter, and start sending queries to potential publishers. Is it a dream to have my name in print? Absolutely! But it is one of the most nerve-racking things I think I will ever do. It's a good thing I have a thick skin. I'll just keep my fingers crossed that someone likes my query enough to request the manuscript and, if not, I'll start looking in to the self-publishing world.
My main goal is to be published, one way or the other, and to be at the Tucson book festival next year. I'm a bit sad that they cancelled it this year due to safety concerns but I completely understand the reason behind it. And, who knows, maybe it will be bigger and better next year because of those missing out this time around.
Anyway, back to my first draft I go.