Notes from An Alien

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Meeting My Editor And Other Strange And Wonderful Events

I’m going to have my first face-to-face meeting with my editor in eight days.

I just realized as I wrote that sentence that the combination of “face-to-face” and “editor” might have given a few readers a chill.

A face-to-face is serious, right?

Does serious have to mean bad?

The editor, that horrible person who has some perverted need to hack away at my pristine creation, tells me I can’t be inventive with my punctuation, and shows disrespect to my artistic integrity.

That last sentence is fiction since my editor is a delightful young woman who found a bunch of typos, suggested a few sentence rearrangements that will make the story flow better, and actually thinks I’ve written a very good book.

We’ll be meeting at the Starbucks inside the Kroger’s just past the Veteran’s Park. She’ll have come from one of her classes at the University of Dayton and I’ll have just emerged from my writer’s cave.

I look forward to that conversation.

I’m also looking forward to the May publication of Notes from An Alien. I’m self-publishing with FastPencil so I call the shots on when to release the book (if you visit FastPencil’s site, getting an account is free and so are many of their writer’s services :-).

The delay in publishing, since it might take me all of two days to incorporate the edits from Laura and get a little final formatting done, is necessary because I need to do more social networking–a strange and wonderful thing–before the book is born.

I gave a little hint at the creative side of publishing in a previous post but the actual path I’ve traveled, since well before I sat down to write the book, is very strange and quite wonderful to me.

First the on-going experience with my main character and “co-author”, Sena Quaren, in the virtual world Second Life.

Next, the experience of building a web site for the book.

Then, the rather awful experience of wading through how to integrate Facebook and Twitter into my social networking efforts. It might be that I’m such a massive introvert but the blatant and brazen extroversion of those spaces took some creative throttling to fit into what I consider social activity.

Next was the creation of this blog, separate but integrated with the book site, and the search for folks for my Blogroll–people I communicate with and promote on Facebook and Twitter.

That little boy who was born on the southern shore of a Great Lake almost 6.5 decades ago is still in here, an important part of my consciousness, marveling at all this activity to create an audience for a book we wrote. Yes, little Alex is still here. I lost him for a bunch of years but he got my attention again and we’re both goin’ to a party with a nice lady named Laura in eight days!!!
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14 responses to “Meeting My Editor And Other Strange And Wonderful Events

  1. cmmarcum February 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Ah, excitement is in the air. Remember that your editor might be nervous about speaking to you, too. Feb 9th is the day for you to listen. Whether you accept all of her advice is a moot point. Of course, I know that you will be nice and encourage her to offer up all of her opinions.

    The ‘social networking’ thing does sound like a ‘pill,’ but I have often found that many things in life are not nearly as hard as I imagine them to be. Nightmares are the downside of dreamers.


    • Alexander M Zoltai February 1, 2011 at 2:07 pm

      Well, from our phone call setting up the meet, she sounds rather excited :-)

      I will *absolutely* encourage her to offer up all her opinions, too.

      Ha! A “pill”. Bitter pill, at that.

      **Love** your last sentence: “Nightmares are the downside of dreamers.”


  2. Karla Telega February 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I’m finishing my second draft tomorrow, and getting ready for a little homework before I start the final. I’m looking forward with some trepidation to handing my book off to an editor. Exciting times!

    The social networking is going well, but I want a large following yesterday. I’ve found Twitter and Facebook to be important tools for getting the word out about my site. My blogs are drawing in the most readers and supporters, so I’m careful to put a lot of thought into them and make them the best they can be. A prospective agent wants me to get the numbers up to 1500 a day, which sounds impossible, but I seem to be growing exponentially.

    Please let us know


    • Alexander M Zoltai February 1, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      Ah, second drafts-ville…

      I’m not sure what made me do it but, for this WIP, I’d writer a chapter then immediately give it a second draft revision. Then, when I had all the chapters, I did a third revision. Then, I printed it all out and looked it over on paper (plus, read it aloud) for the 4th tweak… The editor still found a couple hands-full of typos and blessed me with some phrase and clause suggestions :-)

      My newest blog has been up since the 1st of the year and I’m averaging about 50 a day. It’s interesting I’d get your comment right after I got back from shopping because while I was out I decided I needed to register this blog at some “catalogue” sites that I used on a former blog. By the way, I haven’t posted to that old blog in a year and a half but it’s still pulling in around 50 or 60 people a day!

      Here’s a list of the blog catalogues I’m going to register at:

      Blog Explosion
      Blog Top Sites
      Globe of Blogs


      • Simone Benedict February 1, 2011 at 11:08 pm

        Congratulations on your daily average! A big thank you for the list of blog catalogues!


        • Alexander M Zoltai February 1, 2011 at 11:14 pm

          { inside joke }

          If the President’s Banker and Secretary of The Treasury can, in any way, further aid the President’s Gardener and Secretary of Agriculture, just say the word…

          …in triplicate :-)


          • HaleyWhitehall February 2, 2011 at 12:35 am

            I second that. I’ve been looking for blog catalogues. Why is the president the last to know? I think we’re going to have to have a private meeting…

            I really am exited for you, Alexander. Serious is not a bad thing, by the way. I prefer serious. You’ll have to tell us all about your meeting. Did you query to get your editor?


            • Alexander M Zoltai February 2, 2011 at 2:21 pm

              I don’t think we have time for a Cabinet meeting… Can we just skype? Oh, wait! Unsecured communication… Hmmm…


              I didn’t query agents. I asked a former publisher how I could ever afford an editor on my budget and she said to ask Grad Students in the English Depts of local universities. They will do full editing and be grateful for noting more than an acknowledgement in the book :-)


              • Simone Benedict February 2, 2011 at 8:26 pm

                That’s a great idea for those of us on a budget. Getting published on a shoestring sounds like another good post for you, Alexander.


                • Alexander M Zoltai February 2, 2011 at 8:39 pm

                  Shoestring Publishing is on my list…

                  Thanks, Simone :-)


              • HaleyWhitehall February 2, 2011 at 9:31 pm

                Grad student to edit–that’s a great idea! I look forward to reading your Shoestring Publishing post :)


                • Alexander M Zoltai February 2, 2011 at 9:37 pm

                  Hmmm… Maybe it’ll be the next one… Maybe, but I always let my Muse guide me just before I write my daily posts………


  3. Simone Benedict February 1, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    How exciting, Alexander! I’ll be anxious to hear what happens at your face to face. I didn’t catch any typos or punctuation problems in your manuscript, lol. You’re a careful writer.

    Social networking for the introvert sounds like a post you should write! I’d love to read it.


    • Alexander M Zoltai February 1, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      See, Simone, that’s why we writer’s need those editors. Laura found around 20 to 30 typos. I think true editors are born with slightly different kinds of eyes :-)

      Great idea for a blog post!! In fact, your suggestion propelled me into action on something all the A-List bloggers talk about–make a list of potential posts. Thanks for the kick in the head! Whoot :-)


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