I'm Tracy McDonut and here is the writing news in brief....
The title of Book 1 has changed. It's now officially called XXXXX [edited to remove title as was making this blog google-able] What do you think? Like it? Don't tell me if you hate it for the love of God. I'm still trying to get my head around it. And remember it. How weird is it that I keep forgetting the title of my own book?!
If you've pre-ordered on Amazon under the old title don't worry your order still stands and you'll get the newly titled book (apparently the ISBN is set in stone so the Amazon page won't change if the book title changes).
My publisher has released the name of book 2 to the press (well, The Bookseller) and I'm still writing it. That's a bit freaky.
Yesterday my agent let me know that the next set of edits I'll be getting for Book 1 will be the copy editor's edits. This means that my edits got past my editor. Hooray! Am now getting nervous about how nit picky the copy editor is and hope she doesn't spot anything that requires massive amounts of re-writing.
Still no news on the book cover. Mind you the new title has only just been agreed so am not surprised.
My agent asked me to send my edited manuscript for Book 1 to her because there has been "some film interest" and she needs to send it to her script agent in LA. Funnily enough I am not squeeeeeeeeeeee-ing and running around the room because...
a) I know only about 0.01% of books become films
b) And even if they do the film doesn't come out until about 5 squillion years after the book
c) Your book can be optioned and the film can still fall through
d) 'interest' does not equal 'film' - it's just someone being vaguely interested, probably in a 'flick through this then put it in the bin' kind of way
e) I've known other people who've talked about interest in their book/screenplay and nothing has ever happened
... but I DO love the idea that there's a script agent in LA. I imagine him in a hat tipped forward over his eyes, velvet jacket, smoking a cigar, his feet up on the table and a hot line to Tom Cruise.
Agent also asked for a one paragraph summary of Book 2 and I didn't ask why (I think I may be a very low maintenance author)
Only 3,000 more words and I'll have written a third of the first draft of novel 2
My ticket to the Romantic Novelists Association lunch/awards thingy just arrived in the post. I'll be sitting with Liz Fenwick and my agent. Very exciting! :o)
This is the end of the new newsy news type stuff. Hope you're all having a good weekend.
Novel 2 word count: 27,057 / 90,000 (30.1%)