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What I learned over the course of a ninth draft

Draft nine of my heart-project has taken me three months of raw, no-shortcuts, hard work. I have never reached a ninth draft before. I don’t know many other authors who have revised their work this many times, and I certainly didn’t expect to be one of them. I have never put so much of my time, energy and soul into something. I have never held onto this kind of hope and belief in a project as I have with The Young Volcanoes of Tenemere. I’ve never held onto this kind of belief in myself. Advertisements

Goodreads and my many emotions

#TYVOT has officially landed. Well, on Goodreads at least! It’s finally listed, in all of its semi-finished glory, a beautiful statement in the Goodreads database. It all feels so real. After so many years of working, of dreaming, my novel is coming to life. Publication is coming (on Nov 1st 2018, if I can afford everything in time!) When I saw my book up there, and by extension my swanky new Goodreads author profile, I did have myself quite the moment. Not only did I feel the excitement but I felt validated for the first time. I have always felt more comfortable calling myself a writer, as opposed to an author. But now I’m feeling like I should be owning that title, because hell yeah I’m an author and I worked damn hard to be able to call myself that.

#WriterLife Update: I’m Exhausted

Years. Actual years of editing. So many drafts I’ve forgotten to celebrate when I finish one. But this week something special happened. This week I finished draft eight of The Young Volcanoes of Tenemere. And I’m not going to do what I usually do, that is, take a couple days off then get cracking with the next draft. This time, I’m going to take the time to be proud of myself, because it draft eight has turned out to be quite a special one.Of my eight drafts, three have been major. What do I mean by major? I mean I’ve basically re-written the entire thing. If I opened up my first draft, the one I started in November 2014 after two years of part-time planning, I don’t know if I would recognise it. I’ve put a lot of work into this novel, only the first in a whole series I am still building. But as slow, and painful, and hard and sometimes full-on depressing as it has been, it’s also been pretty damn great. I’ve …

#TYVOT has hit 1,000 Wattpad views!

Ooooh it is a happy Friday! Today ‘The Young Volcanoes of Tenemere’ hit 1,000 views on Wattpad, just short of its two-year anniversary of being uploaded (25.03.16). I know 1,000 views may not be a lot to some, but for me it’s such a milestone. I know my own proofreading and edits can account for at least 100 of those views, but the vast majority of views have come from people who care about me and want to support me, and some have even come from complete strangers who have no idea who I am but who have left votes and comments telling me how much they have enjoyed my story. Thank you to everyone who has taken time out of their day to read and support my creative endeavour. Thank you so much for voting, commenting and providing much-welcome feedback. I do really hope my work is enjoyed, and if it tickles your fancy I hope you read on, or if you haven’t checked it out yet maybe you’d be up for giving it …

I went and got a Facebook ‘author’ page

Your girl went and got herself a Facebook ‘author’ page…’cuz she’s cool. I never really thought I would – I’m more of a Twitter gal anyway – but I take my social media marketing seriously. After all, it’s really the only kind I’ve got going for me. Luckily, it’s great. Give us a follow on the old facey-b if you fancy updates from me directly in your news feed. I’ll be directly notifying you about new blog posts, book-related happenings, and probably cross-posting Instagram pictures. Because who doesn’t want to see me fail at being a #bookstagrammer across multiple platforms? And speaking of multiple platforms, here’s a handy list of all the places you can follow me. ……………………………………………………   @ TESSCATIFUL ON TWITTER ……………………………………………………   @ TESSCATIFUL ON INSTAGRAM ……………………………………………………   TESS BURTON ON PINTEREST ……………………………………………………   TESS BURTON ON GOODREADS ……………………………………………………   TESS BURTON ON FACEBOOK