21 April, 2014

Polishing for presentation

Ugh. There's nothing sadder than editing the fourth draft and finding a glaring mistake.

As it turns out, I'm either too unobservant, or my eyes are just tired of checking my own work, for I found an instance where I wrote the wrong word every single time. This is as bad as my lead ≠ led discovery. I'll tell you what it is, too. I wrote altar once, and then alter every time after that.

Silly, I know, but had I stopped at the third draft and sent my manuscript out to agents, I'd have been laughed at if they'd made it as far as Chapter 3. On the upside, the problem is fixed, and future chapters have been corrected, too. Hopefully, I won't find any other mistakes like that. Hopefully.

On the flip side of things, I've been composing a list of positively rated agents to submit to, and if all goes well, I should be submitting to the first come June or July. This'll be the biggest step I've taken to date, and I hope you'll all continue to the journey with me.

14 April, 2014

Changes a-comin'

You may've noticed some changes over the last couple o' weeks. A bit of spring cleaning, some layout changes, and even-- *points up* --a new domain name!

That's right, folks, because of your loyal readership, I've procured the rights to www.ashlitton.com to make it even easier for you all to navigate here. So update your bookmarks accordingly (and even if you don't, ashlitton.blogspot.com will redirect for you).

I am still combing through the verbiage for the Uncertain Heirs summary, getting it ready to go out to the agents. This is by far one of the most difficult things I've had to do, to prepare a summary for a 95,000+ novel that can fit all on one to two pages. I'll be sure to keep you apprised of that journey, especially once I start submitting to agents.

The edits are on schedule, and it's simply fascinating how I can be on the fourth draft and still find things to add or delete. My goal is to make sure that everything ties in, and there're no plots left hanging.

But now I must get back to work. Catch you all again soon! :)


Ash Litton

Ash Litton is a writer and lover of sci-fi, fantasy, and all things fictional. She is the author of Thoroughbred, Evening Hallow, Comeuppance, and Cabover Cabaret, and works on other Appalachian Dream Tales between her ongoing novel projects. She's also written No Diet, No Surgery, No Sweat, an ebook chronicling her weight-loss journey.

When she's not writing, she's drawing, and when she's not doing either of those, she's dreaming up new projects to work on. Born and raised in rural West Virginia, Ash has always wondered what things lay hidden in the hills around her. She attended West Virginia University, where she studied the English language before returning home to her family in rural West Virginia.