Outlines, Plug-Ins, and Beta Readers — Oh My!

Hi everyone! There’s a lot going on in my writing world, starting with yesterday’s exciting accomplishment: I downloaded the Kindle plug-in for Adobe InDesign that allows you to format an ebook from the page layout program. This may not seem exciting to you, but as a designer I pride myself on figuring out how to do things on my own (well, I pride myself on that in all walks of life. My dad used to fret that he raised me to be “too independent”, but that’s another story for another time) so formatting my own ebook is important to me.

Beta ReaderBUT! Before I start formatting, I need to finish revisions. Feedback from my second round of beta readers (Beta Readers 2.0?) is trickling in so I’m ready to “go deeper”, as one reader suggested.

I hope to wrap up this next draft by the end of next week (my husband’s taking me to a hockey game for Valentine’s Day and I don’t want to be worrying about edits THEN), pass it off to a final, really tough, reader, then zing, bang, boom—PUBLISH!

In the meantime, I’ve finished the 13-page outline for book three in the Flicker Trilogy—FADED—and have written the first few pages. I’m very ready to go on the next book and am excited with how I’ll wrap up Biz’s world. AND, I’ve outlined my shiny new idea, tentatively (but definitely not permanently) titled SHREDDING THE NARD. That started as a joke with my bowling team and since I hate writing anything with a title WIP #7 (yes, this is my seventh manuscript!) I had to name it something. The new idea revolves around snow skiing so watching the Olympics is very entertaining research. Have I mentioned that I love writing?

So that’s where I’m at. What’s new with you? Are you watching the Olympics? Learn any new software lately? Looking forward to the Amazing Race and Jimmy Fallon taking over Late Night?

About Melanie Hooyenga

Writer. Designer. Jock. Reader. Wife. Puppy-Mama. SCBWI member since 2015.

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