Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Few Updates

Hello fellow bookaholics!
It's been a while since I updated this blog, so I decided to take a few minutes to share a few updates on my fledgling writing career.
Writing Projects
Although it's been a quiet year on the publishing front, I have spent a great deal of time working on writing projects. I have several fictional manuscripts in various degrees of completion on my hard drive. One of them is coming close to completion. I'm hoping to self publish it in the spring of 2015. I'll share more details when I'm closer to a final draft, but it's a futurist science fiction novel. I'm tentatively calling it "New World," but the title will probably change as I get closer to publication.
I've also been spending a great deal of time researching local history for a non-fiction project. I've been working on the manuscript for over a year; but, due to the large amount of research involved, my progress has been slow. Ideally, I'd like to eventually publish the book through a traditional publisher (since self-published history books don't tend to do well). It's just a matter of finding the right publisher. Once again, I promise to keep my readers updated as I continue to work on this project.


4th Annual Florence Festival of Books

On Saturday, September 27th, 2014, I attended the annual book festival in Florence, Oregon. Every year, the event gets bigger. This year, there were more than 70 authors and seven publishers in attendance. As always, I enjoyed having the opportunity to meet and chat with readers and fellow writers. I look forward to attending the event again next year.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
November is just a few days away. I've been jotting notes in preparation for NaNoWriMo 2014. This year, I'm going to try my hand at writing a fictional romance story. But, since this is me, there'll be a twist. The story will be set slightly in the future. In addition to the romantic storyline, there will also be a 2nd storyline. It's science fiction in nature and ideally, it'll give readers something new to think about. A moral dilemma of-sorts.
I'm tentatively calling the story "Someone That I Used to Know." My goal is to complete the rough draft during NaNoWriMo (so by the end of November). I'll then set the manuscript aside for a few weeks before returning to it with "fresh eyes" to begin the long process of editing and refining the story. I tend to go through multiple drafts before I'm ready to publish my work.
As always, thank you for following this blog and supporting my writing career.
~~ H. S. Contino