Wednesday, February 16, 2011

SCBWI Grant Time

I just sent off my application for the SCBWI WIP grant. I’m using my current book, In the After, even though it may have a contract before the grant is awarded (fingers crossed). The great thing about this grant is that it only has to be un-contracted through March 15th, after that, all bets are off. You can apply if you have other books published or if you’re a complete newbie. If you haven’t already, check it out. You do have to be member, but if you want to write YA, a SCBWI membership is a useful tool to have.

Other than that, I’m still going through my line edit. It’s actually pretty tedious. It’s more track changes fault than anything else. Here’s what I’ve been doing for the past hour:

Left click. Highlight Accept Deletion. Right click. Left click. Highlight Accept Insertion. Right click.

Repeat several hundred times.

The thing is that you have to approve every insertion or deletion, so if you want to delete a comma and insert a semicolon, you have to approve both. If my agent makes a word choice suggestion I have to either accept or reject it and reject any of her comments so they do not become imbedded in my manuscript. Like I said, tedious. Whoowee. I’d better get back to it.

25 comments:

  1. A tedious job indeed. If you make another break check my first spring giveaway :)

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  2. Thanks anachronist...I just hopped over there.

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  3. That does sound hard-going. I think we have to make public any lack of efficacy in widely available tools, to feed the experience back and hopefully help design improve.

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  4. Hey I don't know if this will help you but what version are you using? I was beta-ing some after I got (Sorry, this will risk sounding like an ad, but...) the new Office for Mac 2011 and the Ribbon (think toolbar) has it where you can click through to the next change and buttons to accept or not. Also deletions appear in bubbles (not struck-through) like comments and there's a little checkmark (or x) on each to accept (or not). It seems much less tedious to me than the old version. If you're on a PC I'm not sure if the 2010 version is like that, but I'm (ahem, geeky Wendy here) really excited to get something with Track Changes for myself. ;-)

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  5. Porky & Wendy - It's true. It sounds like there is a better version out there, but of the many kinds of geek I am, a computer geek is not one. Sounds like Wendy's one for Mac is much easier to use. I'm on a PC, so I don't know if that has anything to do with it, but I'd love to just be able to x out the comments I don't need insteas of all this accept or delete nonsense.

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  6. good luck with the SCBWI grant!

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  7. Thanks Melissa! I wonder how many people apply...there are seven categories in which to win, but I know YA is very competetive. Still, I'm hopeful, as always. :)

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  8. Good luck with the grant, but I hope you will not be in need of it by that time. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

    Editing is the most tedious of the entire process, at least to me it is.

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  9. It's hard, but totally awesome editing!

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  10. Good luck! This looks like an excellent opportunity!

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  11. Thank you, that is really good to know. I love finding out what writers do, especially with their books.
    Good luck.
    Nahno ∗ McLein

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  12. Maybe it's just me, but I really hate that change tracker thing in Word. I can't stand it! :P

    Good luck with your grant app. :) And line-editing. Shudder!

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  13. Good luck, Good luck, Good luck!!! :)

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  14. Good luck getting that grant! Though I do hope more for a contract because that would be amazing! :)

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  15. Good luck with the grant and the editing!

    I recently received the Stylish Blogger Award and I am passing it on to you because I really like your writing style. I'm looking forward to reading your book! Here's the link: http://akindleinhongkong.blogspot.com/2011/02/wednesday-dim-sum-stylish-bloggers.html

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  16. Good luck on the SCBWI Grant!!
    I'm new follower^^

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  17. Good luck with the grant! And the revisions!

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  18. Phew that does sound tedious, but also very satisfying :)

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  19. Good luck with the grant and/or the agent!!

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  20. Good luck finishing the line edit!

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  21. Good luck on the grant--it sounds like a great opportunity!

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  22. Oh, I'm so not looking forward to the editing.....

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  23. Oh man I should really do this grant...ack more things on my plate for March, I'll think about it.

    Thanks for stopping by - it's really great to meet you!

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