A busy week! I'm a little behind my word count goal--I wrote 4,000 words in Alma the Younger, and my goal was 5,000. One of the reasons is because I had to prepare a presentation for the Book Academy Conference at UVU. I blogged about the keynote speaker, Brandon Sanderson, here. I can't wait to read his newest book, Warbreaker. Any Brandon Sanderson fans out there?
So I took my first Alma the Younger chapter to my critique group. It's a chapter that might be a forward prologue (kind of what I did in Abinadi). They liked it, but they thought the "hook" wasn't powerful enough--you know those pesky first chapters have to draw the reader in immediately. So back to the drawing board. I wrote a completely new chapter last night, and will still retain parts of the former chapter, but I'll be interested in what my critique group will say now.
Back to Brandon Sanderson--he saves drafts of all his books. In other words the chapter I just nixed, he would have kept it and put it up for his readers to review. Hmmm. Something to think about.
On Friday, I signed copies of Alma at the Seagull Book in American Fork. I think I signed every last copy in their store (like 50+). So if you need a signed copy--go there!
Some really great reviews and interviews came in this week for the blog tour:
Kathi Oram Peterson at Kathi's Writing Nook: She is another Book of Mormon fiction writer and has written The Forgotten Warrior--a YA novel that's a time travel story. It's a very entertaining read, for teens and adults alike. Awhile back, I reviewed The Forgotten Warrior here.
Nikki Wilson of Mormon Mommy Writers posted an interview with me. Nikki is also a writer, and her big question for me was how to push past writer's block. You can check out the interview to find out my tips :)
Danyelle Ferguson at Queen of the Clan also reviewed Alma. Danyelle is also a writer, and is in the final stages of her upcoming book: Teaching Special Spirits. Her journey to publication has been really interesting, and I'm looking forward to her new book.
Nichole Giles of Random-Ish reviewed Alma on her blog, along with some funny questions. Nichole is also a writer and her first book will be out this December: Mormon Mishaps and Mischiefs--Hilarious Stories for Saints. If you read Nichole's other blog posts, she is a really funny gal, the perfect person to write this type of book.
My next book signing is:
October 2, 2009 - Redwood Seagull Book,
Pre-Conference Signing 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (1720 South Redwood Road, SLC, UTAH)
Also to read the first three chapters of either Abinadi or Alma go here.