So, I thought I’d mucked the ending of my new book up, because of the three people I asked to read it for me, two of them didn’t seem to understand what I tried to communicate in the story.
My last novel was a learning experience in many different ways. While there’s truth to every novel a writer completes being a learning experience, there’s also room for learning after the first reader eyes have touched the manuscript.
In my case, I learned a number of things I’ll implement from now on.
I outlined the minor problem of getting my First Reader her copy of my latest manuscript in my last post, but I wanted to take a minute to explain how we overcame that issue, and also what process we’ll be using going forward.
See, I’m a little bit late to the game. I used to be an early adopter – very early. It’s come back to haunt me from time to time, and as the years went by, I guess I just sort of slipped in my technology upkeep. So I’m late getting to the cloud.
Another great entry in the version control tutorial for authors over on Bryce Beattie’s StoryHack blog! Check it out!
I’m trying a new theme for this blog. I don’t know if I’ll keep it or not – the font is very small for my weak eyes. But I thought I’d give it a look and just have a fresh springtime look for the site. Later I may go back to glum.
I’ve not posted much as you can see. I tried, at the end of 2009, to keep up with #FridayFlash. If you aren’t in the know, #FridayFlash is a 1000-word writing exercise, done each week and posted to a collector for that Friday’s round-up. Authors receive comments and feedback from other writers and a community is built. Generally. I didn’t seem to be very well received, but your mileage may vary. At any rate, with my upcoming publication, I sort of had to hunker down and get serious. I had a looming deadline which has since been met.
Other than those exercises, I’ve written a couple of short stories which I won’t be posting here for a bit. I’m going to submit one for publication in a few markets. Mostly online, I think, but we’ll see. I can’t have those available on the Internet while they’re out for consideration though.
In other news, the non-fiction book (mentioned on my personal blog several times) has an expected publication date of June 18, 2010. I’ll be getting the proofs from the project manager (editor?) this week sometime, poring over them and sending back any corrections and revisions to her. This is the last leg of the journey, I believe. Once this is finished I don’t believe I’ll have any other tasks before the book hits the shelves. Which is sort of exciting in an unexciting way.
Other than those tidbits, I have nothing to say. I hope I’ll have something you guys can read at some point in the near future, but if nothing else, I have edits of some existing pieces I can post just to keep the blog alive. Or what passes for alive.
Take care everyone and God bless. None of this has been fiction.
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