Editing With One Sick Baby

Friday, June 3, 2011

Editing with a sick baby, basically means that there isn't much editing happening. So, I am going to keep this sweet and simple. I have spent most of this week holding a miserable, feverish baby while she shifted and fretted constantly. Right now we are watching Toy Story 2 for the umpteenth time this week. We have had a daily diet of Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, and Monsters Inc. Lather, Rinse, and repeat. These are the shows that keep her interested and still. I hate seeing her sick, it breaks my heart.

My writing and editing have taken a backseat this week, so that I can take care of my munchkin. However, that doesn't mean that I haven't been thinking of my long to do list. There is so much that I need to get finished and finished soon if I want to publish my book this summer.

I need to:

(Quite obviously) Finish the second draft (I'm almost there!)
Send the book to my editor (the amazing, spectacular Heather Darenberg)
Send the book to beta readers
Write a Blurb
Come up with a tag line
Get with the cover artist and decide on a dirction
Decide on a series name
Make a book trailer
Stress myself sick
Write my author bio
Design business cards
Think about swag
Scout places for possible book signings and readings
Pull my hair out in frustration
Come up with a theme for my new website (Yep! Nicholechase.com will hopefully be launched sometime soon. Thanks to my great friend Shawn for the early birthday present.)

So, as you can see, I have a lot to get accomplished once the munchkin is feeling better. Hopefully the antibiotics will get her to feeling more like her normal, zany, toddler self soon.

For those of you going the self-publishing route, what is on your to do list?
What about those seeking the traditional route? What do you have on your to do list?
Com'on guys, make me feel a little better about my long list! I'm not the only one with a ton of things that still need checking off, right? Right?!


  1. I need to do several of the same things, plus do a MASSIVE rewrite (following a creative edit) on my manuscript. The rewrite will probably take me all summer. Gulp....

    Hang in there!

  2. Sorry your baby is sick :( I'm exhausted just reading your todo list!

  3. So this is what I have to look forward to. Better catch up on my sleep. You can do it Nichole! So excited for you :)

  4. I should be editing and changing my POV...I'm not so worried about the little stuff. Who needs Business cards, swag, book blurb, tag lines, a series name or a new website. I can do that all the day before my book releases!


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