Happy Independence Day!
First some exciting news to celebrate.
Let’s shoot some fireworks off in honor of Jade Hart.
Here’s what she has to say: Thanks to Sharon Bayliss and Krystal Wade’s Contest in May: The Wilde Fire Contest, Jade Hart has the exciting news of announcing her New Adult Urban Fantasy Novel SAMSARA which will be published this year by Curiosity Quills.
I am so excited for her. I got the honor of reading this book, and it is so cool. I’ve been interested in Hindu mythology since it showed up in Christopher Pike books in my teens, and Jade’s book is all about that. The story is fantastic and her writing is exotic—that’s about the best way I can describe it, but you’ll see what I mean when it comes out.
So big CONGRATULATIONS to Jade.
Check out her query letter, which I attached at the end of this post.
Okay back to The Big Reveal.
I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at all levels, from unagented to published, and every week I will have a new question for them. Some of these ladies have helped me with my own work, or given me advice on blogging or writing, so check out their blogs and see what they’re about.
Is writing a long process for you? How long does it take you to write a novel?
Ben Spendlove, Un-agented author
It takes from three months to six months. I have a full-time job and a family, so I have to squeeze in writing time in the early morning.
Cassie Mae, Un-agented author
A month, usually to draft. Much much much longer to revise and rewrite and all that other stuff. I haven’t actually been writing for a year yet, lol.
Jade Hart, Pre-published author
To write it down, passive writing and mistakes and all it would take me about 5 weeks fulltime. That’s including days where I just stare at the computer and then waste 8 hours on the internet. I average 5,000 words a day (on a good day)
Stacie Stokes, Un-agented author
It only took me three months to write the first draft of my current MS, but I realized after the fact that it was far from finished. I write kind of like I’m building a house, starting with the frame and then working backwards to fill in the details. So in that way I guess it’s taken me a lot longer than three months to write it, but its hard to say because I’ve been writing and editing at the same time.
Me (Suzi) Un-agented author
If I were just writing, I’d say about 6-8 weeks for a 70,000 word manuscript. But now that I’m editing other projects, it gets dragged out.
Joelene B. Perry, Published author
If I’m focused on only one or two projects anywhere from seven days to a month and a half. I’ve written a lot of collabs lately, and with some people it means it takes longer, and with others, it means it goes faster. I find that revisions take a LOT longer than writing the initial story. But I’m a HUGE believer in taking time away from a manuscript at different stages of editing.
Liesl Shurtliff, Pre-published author
I’m pretty slow compared to some of my CP’s (who seem to be able to draft five novels in the time it takes me to draft one.) The rough draft alone (no revising or editing) takes me between four and five months. And that’s usually only 50k! Tortoise here. Slow and steady wins the race.
Mindy McGinnis, Pre-published author
Flat out word vomit? Three months.
Amy Sonnichsen, Agented author
My first draft is usually pretty fast. When I did NaNoWriMo last year for the first time, I finished early … but of course, then it takes me a year to clean up the mess I made writing a quick novel.
Melodie Wright, Agented author
I just finished a 95K draft in three months. But it depends on the MS. Revision is what takes a long time.
Ryann Kerekes, Agented author
I write pretty fast – about 1 to 2 months to finish a rough draft of a new manuscript, and my word counts are typically in the ballpark of about 60,000. When I’m writing a new book, I tend to write every day and I can’t stop until it’s done. I get a little obsessed!
So what about you? Are you a fast writer or do you take your time?
Samsara by Jade Hart – release date by Curiosity Quills to be determined.
Loka has died. Again.
For the seventeenth time.
Each reincarnation cloaks the previous, and Loka never remembers her past, who she truly is. Not that it would help. Loka believes she’s human… she’s mistaken.
Her Samsara: the perpetual journey of suffering and never knowing who she is, has changed. Hidden deep in her rolodex of memories lurks darkness and power, and her new rainbow eyes sees things which should only exist in Hindu fables.
Loka is informed she is a deity with more personalities than a schizophrenic, and has been forced on a path to unlock who she truly is. With strange power tingling in her limbs, and tattoos that burn with bloodfire, the only help Loka receives is from her douche-of-a-celestial-guide who speaks in cryptic circles, and the mysterious and frightful half-beast, half-man, Shankara. He is as terrifying and deadly as an assassin, but despite Shankara’s passion to kill, Loka falls in love. As their bond increases, he reveals a dark secret:
Loka’s power is so great it could kill her and every soul alive if it isn’t harnessed correctly… And once she figures out the truth, she has one raging battle to fight. Brahma, the God of Creation, wants what swims in her veins, and he’ll stop at nothing to get it.