Thursday, February 17, 2011

The book

I haven't talked about my book lately.  I know you desperately miss my book talk.
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There was a period of great sadness last year when the file with my book was erased.  Once I found the only full copy I had of my book was an earlier one minus all of the revisions from my 3rd and 4th go around.   There was a brief period of mourning...I'm not going to lie...all those hours gone make my stomach hurt thinking about it.

I decided that I did not want to go back and make the random changes but wanted to make this book the best that it could be.  I did my research for all of November and December.  I read a ton of books about fiction, and character development. Inspired by the prose of Sol Stein, and the nuts and bolts of Noah Lukeman I was thrilled to tear that bad boy apart.  
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You know in memory stuff takes on a different kind of shine.  The book did not look as shiny after reading all of the agent/editor books on what not to do.  I am pretty sure I made every single mistake.  The characters were flat, the main character detached, and the setting was a mess.  I don't even want to talk about the dialogue.  Characters were randomly summarizing events and if they didn't then the commentary afterward was a giant summary.  I was convinced that the plot rocked only to find out that one of the subplots had no ending.  I am embarrassed I sent this to an agent.  I have been rewriting again and know that there will have to be at least one more comb through for fine tuning.

I have learned a ton in this last year of rewrites and researching for publishing. After a series of query letters to agents and endless forum posting and reading I think I am going to jump into the world of indie publishing and turn this into an ebook for Kindle (Amazon.)  I have been following several e-authors and am inspired by their success with this new medium. One blog in particular A Newbie Guide to Publishing written by Joe Konranth is particularly amazing.  He was a midlist writer that has turned into an e-publishing rock star! He has on various guest posters that have had equal or more success.  The stories are amazing and I have been convinced to give it a try.

The goal moving forward is to have the book out on Amazon this summer.  You will be hearing much more coming up as I get closer to release. .           

1 comment:

  1. What are some of the books you read on plot and character development? I'm taking a workshop right now, and feel a bit lost :-( I'm having the worst writers block at possibly the worst time!!

    However the two books that have helped me a bunch are "How Fiction Works" by James Wood and "Fiction Writer's Workshop" by Josip Novakovich!

    The Novakovich book is by far the best one I've gotten my hands on!

    Can't wait to hear more about the book! :-)