Saturday, May 27, 2017
Book 1 is finally complete. Whew! The editing and the book cover is done. I am pleased with the work. I showed it to a few friends of both the final book draft and the cover. They made a few comments but overall they liked it. I have posted the new book cover description onto this website under Book 1. Take a look and let me know what you think. The Beijing Family Book 1 Cover
1 down, 4 more to go. I have to keep going. So now I am working on Book 2 with my editor. We're in the middle of the book and the drama is intensifying. I am also in the process of hiring an editor for Book 3. This time, I received 50+ job applicants from Upwork in comparison to the 71+ job applicants I received for Book 2, which was insane. Still a good handful, but more manageable. I am paying above average compensation which garners more interested applicants than usual. But at the same time, I am looking for above average talents and skills suitable for this particular book.
Furthermore, my work partner and I are the number #1 sales team for all of Los Angeles for my day job as a real estate broker.
Busy, busy, busy.
Back to work...
Sunday, May 7, 2017
My editors are encouraging me to write openly about the shameful atrocities of the Cultural Revolution during the Mao regime into Book 2. If I do, I will be openly denouncing one of the historical leaders of China and risk being banned from China. But I am an American. How can I write without telling the truth and speaking freely? Thank goodness for Freedom of Speech.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The work continues. Up before sunrise to work on my chapters that my editors revised for at least a few hours. Afterwards, go for a walk at the local park after the sun is up to get some exercise. Clear the mind. Come home, get ready for work and put in a full day as a real estate broker. Demanding job. Come home, work some more if I have any energy left. Next day - repeat.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Mission Accomplished: 2nd editor hired for Book 2 after receiving over 71+ job applications from Upwork. She's great! Now the work begins.
It took me 2.5 weeks to hire an editor. To me, that's just too long. I don't have 2.5 hours for anything other than sleep in my 24 hours. I spent the first week weeding and cutting down this massive list of job applicants down to a seemingly reasonable list of 20+ candidates. The customer care manager from Upwork emailed me to offer help but she was too late. I had already developed a short list of potential candidates. I think I received an overwhelming response because I was paying an above average compensation. At the same time, I was looking for above average talent and skills. It was difficult because many of them were immensely talented and had so much to offer. Their vast variety of experiences were a wide range and they were intriguing and remarkable. I wanted to talk to so many but that is not possible. I would be interviewing till the end of 2017. My goal is to have the entire Beijing Family book series published by this summer and I was already falling behind. The editor for Book 1, who I hired in November, had to be replaced after working on the book for over four months and being half way done due to medical setbacks and prolonged absences. We had to part ways unfortunately. I had to start all over again with Book 1. Luckily I found a replacement out of the 71+ job applicants so that saved me some time.
Back to book 2, I then trimmed down the 20+ short list of candidates even further which was even more difficult. I spent the second week setting up phone interviews with the final 8 - 10 candidates and reviewing their background and skills. I had the fortunate opportunity to speak to interesting people over the phone from many parts of the US. I received many sample edits and had the opportunity to peruse samples of their published work. I saw their talents applied and it is impressive. By the following week, I had narrowed it down to about 4 candidates followed with more conversations. Today, I had one final conversation with an editor that was the first to send me a sample edit very early on when I began the interviewing process. I am very impressed with her work and I'm glad I circled back to her. I spoke to her at length and realized that she is the one! So I hired her.
Mission accomplished! Sigh! What a relief. I'm so glad the hiring process is over....but the work is not. I work alongside my editors so I have plenty of work ahead of me. Especially now that I'm editing two books - Book 1 and now 2 - simultaneously.
Monday, February 27, 2017
Monday, January 16, 2017
Here we go again. Up at 4am. Write/edit. Then it's off to work where I spend all day. Come home, write and edit again. Next day - repeat. Sleep deprived. I have bags under my eyes that have their own bags. I am determined to release entire book series in 2017!