So, Has Everyone Had a Productive Summer?

book-436507_1280I’m a writer, so I have writer friends, and one of the things I’ve noticed over the last few days is that everyone is saying they either just finished a manuscript and need beta readers, or they’re about to finish a manuscript that will be ready for beta readers.

It’s as if it’s been a summer full of writing for all the writers out there. And what a good thing that is, if it happens to be accurate. Of course, people always notice what happens around them and extrapolate it must be happening on a wider scale (when in fact, it’s only happening in their immediate vicinity).

Still, I find it interesting that this seems to have been a productive summer for so many I know. I, too, have a manuscript that’s ready for beta readers (just finished my final edits over the weekend). So, now I just have to find beta readers. And while it’s out with betas, I’ll work on writing one of the book’s sequels (It’s a three-part series).

So, how’s your summer been?

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10 Responses to So, Has Everyone Had a Productive Summer?

  1. DV Berkom says:

    Yikes! I haven’t written word one on the new book yet 🙁 Launching the last one, re-doing book covers and my website, and hosting my folks for the summer has taken it out of me. I hope to at least start plotting the next one tomorrow…sigh. Time flies waaaay tooo fast…

    • RJ Crayton says:

      Well, sounds like you just launched a book, which takes a ton of work. I haven’t published anything since March, and that was nonfiction (no fiction since last September, which is almost a year). Good luck with your plotting, as that’s where it all begins.

  2. Dale says:

    Congratulations on getting to the beta stage for your next release.

    It’s winter here and the cooler months are great for working at the computer because it’s not as hot in the afternoons. But I’ve been all over the place with the extra time. I have nearly 2 books in a SciFi novella series,, nearly 3 Zombie novella series books, an outline to a time travel romance novel series with the first on its way, the prequel novella and sequel novel of the fantasy series (the 1st novel was already written but needing edits) in the works.

    I think if I have less time, I choose the most pressing project and go with it until it’s finished. I’ve never had so many works on the go at the same time before.

    Ha, now that I’ve written all that, I can see that I have to press on with the fantasy books and nothing else until they are out. Yes, that’s what I’m going to do. 😀

    • RJ Crayton says:

      Wow! You’ve been super busy. That’s great to be so productive, even if it’s scattered among several projects. At some point, you’ll be sitting there going, I have eight books to publish! Good luck with the fantasy books you’re opting to work on.

  3. Charles Ray says:

    The summer started late and seems to have zipped by. I’ve still managed to get three books started, and have one about 1/4 drafted. Still researching and outlining the other two. Not my most productive summer writing wise, but I also had several other projects (non-writing) going, so I guess I’ll have to agree that it’s been a productive summer for me. Of course, I hate being cold, so I’m not look forward to winter.

    • RJ Crayton says:

      Three books started. That’s great. And research is nothing to sneeze at. When you have books set in historical periods, you just have to get it right.

      I don’t like being cold either. I keep joking that I was abducted by aliens who modified my memory to make me think I grew up in Illinois. Because, no one who really grew up in Illinois would be as averse to the cold weather as me. I hate it. 🙂

    • DV Berkom says:

      I totally get the whole cold thing, guys. HATE being cold, and yet, why I persist in the Pacific North Wet eludes me.

  4. What!! Is it over already? Nooooo.
    But, in truth, there are only a few weeks left. I am pleased with what I have accomplished this summer. I am half-way through my first re-write/edit on my current work. It will go to my beta readers by the end of this week/beginning of next week. Woo hoo.
    Looks like we’re at a similar point. Congrats.

    • RJ Crayton says:

      No, it’s not quite over yet. Though, some people’s children have started school. I still have about two weeks before mine go in, but summer is certainly winding down.

      Glad it’s going well for you, and you’ll be getting yours out. Hopefully, you’ll get some useful feedback.

    • DV Berkom says:

      Congratulations to you both 😀

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