Camp NaNoWriMo, Copyright Research, and Cool New Titles… What were you doing today?

Firstly, I’ve got a new working title for my novella that fits it MUCH better, and a big anonymous thanks to all the people who helped weigh in on that, including N.C., who has been extremely helpful today with ePublishing advice, encouragement, and edits. Truly, remarkable human being. The new title is ‘Those We Trust’.

Also on my list of things I’ve done today is copyright registration research. I read, YES, the entire FAQ of the US Copyright Office. It took me a bit of time to read closely, but it was worth it. $35 dollars for the online registration, and as it appears I will STILL need to send in a physical copy, but I’ll look into that more closely when I actually have the necessary 35 bucks for getting the ball rolling. If anyone wants to donate to a good cause… 😛 Just kidding. Or am I?

I am in the middle of formatting my novella (in it’s close-to-final form) to the standards required for submitting to Smashwords, which I think I mentioned before as the site I think I’m going with for publishing my novella. It’s been time-consuming, a huge headache, and a bit technically involved for the techniphobe I am, but I’m saving myself at least $40 by formatting it myself and I’ve remarkably not melted into a puddle of impatience and anger at how long it’s taking me because I’ve been doing it in pieces, not all at once (Secret to all sanity in life ever, truly). DON’T WORRY I’m going to go back over the 90-something page manual again with a fine-toothed comb when I’ve officially finished the novella and make sure that everything’s good to go, do some clean-up, etc. before try to upload it. This could still take a while because I’d like to at least have the copyright process rolling before I start the publishing process. MAYBE this isn’t the time saver I would have thought, or maybe it is, idk. We’ll see.

And my final literary journey of the day (crazy, right?) IS the start of Camp NaNoWriMo about three hours ago. In those three hours I’ve have clocked in over 65,000 words of my novel, To the Death…. Proud of me? Don’t be too proud because I’ve been writing a chapter or two here and there since, like, late last fall. November, December… ish. Is that cheating? NO, it’s not really a competition. It’s just motivation to write a novel, and I’m doing it, okay? Yeesh, my goal wasn’t the word count, it was finishing the damn novel by the end of the month, which I am, excitedly, on track to do if all goes well!!! Wish me luck. This trilogy make turn into a quadrilogy if it keeps on as it’s going, though. I don’t want to go too far over 80,000 words for the manuscript of my first novel. But I want to kill one of my main characters at the end of this first book and I’ve only now just introduced him to the person who’s betraying him. 65,000 words in. That SHOULD be enough time, but I’ve got to do other stuff toooooo…. Agh, so many things.

Anyway, technically I’ve accomplished my NaNoWriMo ‘goal’, and now I’m working on the secondary goal. I’ll be participating again in August with ‘Morrison Girls’ and maybe then we’ll get to see how I ACTUALLY do at writing a novel in a month, since I’ve written maybe a couple hundred words at most. I’ve got it by-and-large mentally outlined, though, and I think I’ll work bits and pieces on it, outlining chapters at the least, when I don’t have anything to do on my novella. I’m HOPING that means I won’t have much time to work on it, but you never know. Apparently my friends/editors have lives (I know, crazy, right?) and I’m supposed to have one too, but idk. We’ll see how it goes. I’ll keep you posted, and I’ll be honest about how much work I’m actually doing in advance for my August novel.




About Charlotte Blackwood

Charlotte Blackwood is a self-employed aspiring author working on perfecting her first novella/ first novel. She is a current student at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. If you're looking for a reading list (someday she'll add her own works to the list), she's currently supporting Anna Karenina, anything by Dickens, anything by Tolkien, anything by JK Rowling, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Hunger Games.

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