Monday, June 29, 2009

Still writing

If you're wondering where I am, the answer is ... writing. I set myself a breakneck pace to get the Hal Spacejock 5 draft finished and that leaves little time for other forms of writing - such as email and blogging. (And people wonder why I embrace my twitter account like a drowning man...)

Anyway, my Hal 5 schedule looks something like this:

By July 3: Finish the rough draft. (Still have 4 chapters to write, one per day)
By July 15: Finish the first edit. Much cutting, pasting, chopping, wailing.
By July 31: Send the finished second edit+ off to my first readers for comment
By August 15: Complete the third edit and read through all the first reader feedback
By August 31: Complete the twentieth edit* and send the MS to my editor.

+ Last time they got the twentieth edit. This one's going to be an eye-opener ...

* That's going to be a busy 2 weeks.

Simon Haynes is the author of the Hal Spacejock and Hal Junior series (Amazon / Smashwords / other formats)

3 comments:

Anton Gully said...

Dude... the 30s called, they want their pulp work ethic back.

That schedule is insane. OTOH more Spacejock is good.

Andrew Buntine said...


By July 31: Send the finished second edit+ off to my first readers for comment


Hmm ... and how does one become a 'first reader', then? ;)

(Or is this a question for your publisher?)

Simon Haynes said...

I put out a call on my LJ last year, and because time was short I sent all those who replied an electronic copy of the novel. Then I gave them all a copy of Hal 4 when it came out. (That's one reason I picked mostly aussie readers, since the OS postage on books is more than the books themselves ...)

I put a page here last time explaining what was involved: http://www.spacejock.com.au/SpacejockFirstReaders.html

This time the draft will be much rougher. Then again, that makes reading the finished version a bit more fun, since H4 wasn't much different to the version the first readers saw.