Onto the Second Draft!

Well, I finished the first draft of The Day the World Burns, my science fiction novel. I met my word count goal at 75,000 words and that is just exciting. It’s time for the second draft and with that comes a few revisions and a couple scenes may need switched around so it flows a bit more organically. From there, I’ll enter the wonderful world of editing, then it’s off to the beta readers and eventually publication. (I’ll have a clearer date of release as the end gets nearer.)

So, for those of you science fiction/alien invasion/survival fiction fans, you’ll want to keep an eye out for this one. It’s jam-packed with heart pumping thrills that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. You’ll wonder “are they going to make it?” or “when will they find someplace that’s safe? They deserve to be safe!” And, like always, I’ll keep you guessing.

I’m not quite positive if this will be part of a series or not, but it might be heading in that direction. Maybe a trilogy if my mind allows enough imagination to flow onto the pages. I have a gut feeling it will.

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Going Strong

I feel like I’ve been getting a lot accomplished lately. Not on the publishing end of things, but on the writing end. My current project (which happens to be the only one I’m working on at the moment and that’s a first for me) is going great. I’m 22 chapters and 40,000 words in. I always set a goal for each of my books and my goal for this one is 75,000 words. I shouldn’t have any problem getting there.

On another note, I signed up for not one, but two different programs this year. As an introvert, I’m actually going out of my way to be interactive with others in my local writing community and enrolled in a one day book publishing class at the community college in my town. It’s only two hours long and won’t happen until October, but I’m already excited.

I also registered for the ShowMeWriters Conference this year. This will be the first writer’s conference I’ve ever attended. I’m nervous, excited, and totally looking forward to October this year. This definitely won’t be the only conference I plan to attend. I’ll have to stick with ones that are closer to my home town, but no matter what, they’ll be worth going to.

As for the publishing end of my plans, my goal is to learn as much as I can about the profession and marketing in order to become successful at this. It’s always been a dream of mine to see my book on a bookstore shelf and dammit it’s going to happen one day.

So, that’s my rant for the day. Hope you enjoyed it!

My Upcoming Publishing Endeavor

Hello world,

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but I’m still alive and still writing strong. I have an announcement to make!

This year I have a goal set in mind to finally publish one of my books, Eternity. This one has been finished for a bit now and is in desperate need of being read by the world. I’ll have to go back through and edit a few things, fix some glitches, and get my beta readers’ feedback. I don’t have an exact timeline for this one to be out, but my goal is to have it ready by the end of the year. I’ll keep my fans updated. It’s been a while since I’ve published anything and I feel the need to do so.

So, for those of you who love reading fiction books that are suspenseful, adventurous, and also have a hint of science fiction and time-travel, then you’ll love Eternity. You’ll follow the tale of Calvin Montague on her journey of changing her life and becoming a person her own brother doesn’t recognize. She takes over the country and follows what she believes is the right path to take. (I’ll give out more details later on, but here’s a taste of what is going on.)

Well, that’s all for tonight. I’m looking forward to this endeavor and hope the rest of you are as well.

Publishing Eternity

Well, the time has come to set out with publishing Eternity. I began the arduous task of formatting this evening. I’m not sure exactly when the release date will be, but I’m hoping for later this year.

This is the first of two books, set in the future during not-so-great times. It has a hint of science fiction and time travel, but it’s mostly a thrill-ride that will keep you hooked until the very end.

More details will come a little later. I just wanted to give the world an update.

Stay classy out there!!

Done with Edits on Eternity!

Well, I think I finally finished the final draft of Eternity. I don’t know what it is, but every time I read it, it sucks me in and it’s hard to focus on editing rather than enjoying my work. But, I cracked down on myself and went line by line in vigorous editing until I feel that it is perfect. I’ve been sending out query letters the past few weeks (that explains why I haven’t been on for a while) plus I’ve started the untitled sequel.

I’m looking forward to my science fiction, suspenseful thriller to be out to the public one day.

Eternity

As I’m sitting here listening to my favorite band, Fall Out Boy, I find myself going through some projects I’ve been working on. I have one that’s been finished for a couple months now entitled Eternity. I recently have been reaching out to literary agents with this one and have hit a crossroads. The rejections came back and I find myself moving on to a different novel. However, I can’t simply leave this one to collect dust on my desktop.

I have been contemplating self publishing Eternity for a little while now. I’ve done so in the past with four of my books, so I’m no stranger to the concept. I’ve been playing around with different covers and fonts and exactly what to put for the description on the back of the book. It gets me exciting just thinking about putting my work out there and I have worked so hard on this one. It was a labor of love though.

Eternity is part of a two book series, taking place in the future. It actually begins in one part of the future then gradually fasts forwards through a 300 year journey during the life of main character, Calvin Montague. She is rough around the edges with a heart and mind determined to rule the world. And, after given the tool to help her do so, she takes charge and transforms her country into something terrifyingly memorable.

I think I’ll leave it at that for now since I’m not exactly positive about self publishing this one just yet. This one is much different than my zombie/vampire trilogy known as The Human Race. I’m also going to publish it under a different author name, but I’m going to leave that a secret for now.

That’s it for tonight. Happy trails world!

It’s Been Awhile…

Lately I find myself working on various projects at the same time. I believe that’s a big reason why I haven’t posted much lately. My mind is wrapped around all of my other ideas that I haven’t been able to find the time to actually sit down and write a post. So, here it is.

I’ve finished a novel, 117,000 words long, titled Eternity. This is the first one of two books and I’m currently working on the second on. It’s untitled as of right now, but it’ll come to me. With this one, I’ve chosen to set aside my self publishing ambitions for a moment and focus on finding an agent that will land me the great pleasure of accepting my work. Naturally, I’ve gotten a few rejections back, with one of them being more positive than negative.

It’s a tough road to pour your heart out into something you can’t imagine not doing and risking everything on the off chance at making it big. Of course, I have no intention of letting the rejections or the negativity get me down or ruin my life and whatnot. I’ve come to terms with using those rejections and forcing myself to try harder. Even if it takes longer than I anticipated, I don’t plan on stopping until I find my needle in the haystack and land an agent. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be seeing my book being transformed into a movie and my name will be on the big screen.

For now, I’m happy to sit back, let my fingers bring my imagination to life, and never give up.

Book Review, “The Main Event” Book Three of “The Human Race” Trilogy by Tahnee Fritz

Check out this awesome review of The Main Event, posted by the magnificent sbeckmanlowe. I hope the rest of you enjoy it as much as she did!

Looking to the Future

It has been close to 2 years now that I have made the decision to self publish my first book, The Human Race. Since then, I have published the rest of my zombie/vampire trilogy along with Crazy For Love, a stand alone novel. I do enjoy the self publishing game and it has taught me a lot about the industry. I plan on having another one out either later this year or first thing next year after I put some much needed work into my idea.

Outside of that note, I have given myself a new plan for this year. I’ve been working on a project that I am very excited about. Every time I sit down to write it, I get so into the story that the rest of the world just melts away and time flies just as fast as my fingers hit the keyboard. This one is a young adult fiction novel that I intend on turning into a series of either 2 or 3 books. Unfortunately, I don’t yet have a title but I’m positive it will come to me soon.

With this new project of mine, my intentions are to query literary agents again as soon as it is finished. It has been a long time and I feel that I have grown a lot since the last time I sent a letter to an agent. I already have a few people lined up to critique my letter when the time comes. I have no plans on getting my hopes up as this is a dog-eat-dog business and one that is very hard to get into. But, try I must do and never let the rejection letters get me down.

I have had a decent year so far, with my job and home life. I feel like this year could keep going in a good direction and something great just might be waiting around the corner for me. All I have to do is keep chasing my dreams of becoming a traditionally published author.

Blue Bantlee: My Very First Writing Passion

When I was seventeen, I worked at this farm store here in my home town. It was part time and I worked in the automotive department, which I used to hate, but with the job I have now I’m still in that area, selling tires to semi drivers and all that. But, while working the evenings, wandering up and down the aisles trying to find something to do or a customer to assist, I managed to come up with my very first novel idea that I was insanely passionate about at the time. I spent so many hours, staying up way past midnight so I could cram in as much writing as I could before I needed to get some sleep for school the next day. I came up with the idea for this book (which is going to be a series when I’m finished with it) while working one night.

The more I think about how I came up with the idea, the more I smile at how random it was. I remember walking down one of the aisles, facing some of the objects and there was something that I was moving that was the color blue and I kept thinking, “How weird it would be to have Blue for a name.” Well, with that I created my first character that I absolutely fell in love with. Her name was Blue Bantlee, which of course is a nickname. Her real name is Adrienne, but she has the brightest blue eyes the world has ever seen which is why her “father” always called her Blue. There is a reason why there are quotation marks around the word father, but I’d rather not give a lot of it away. I will say that she doens’t have the best of lives anymore. She lives in a war torn country that has been separated by a giant wall that runs from the northern border down to the southern. It’s meant to keep the rebels in the Wastelands away from the perfect people who live in the fancy cities on the other side of the wall.

Just thinking about this again and I’m feeling so giddy about working on the project. It was my masterpiece when I was writing it throughout my senior year of high school and all through college. (In case you’re wondering, I graduated college about five years ago.)

So, with the sequal to The Human Race nearing its release date, I’ve been thinking about Blue again and how I am going to blow the dust off and get back to work. It was my first book I was more than passionate and obsessed about. My first book that I got to 120,000 words before I considered the first draft finished and also the first book I tried seeking a literary agent for. My plan is to revisit this passion of mine when I’m done writing The Human Race trilogy and try searching for an agent again for the Blue Bantlee series. I’ve already opened the file back up and gave it a much more appealing title: Into the Wastelands: A Blue Bantlee Adventure. I’m not sure how many book there will be with this series for I have a lot planned for her. I’m sad to be nearing the end of my zombie/vampire trilogy, but I’m more than excited to get back to work on my first attempt at writing a novel.

I hope there are others out there, much like myself, who pour their heart and soul into whatever their passion is. We cannot give up on what makes us happy. We can set it aside for a little while, like I did with Blue Bantlee, but we’ll find that day when we need to get back to it, with a smile on our face, and keep working for what we believe in.