Editing, Day … What the hell day is it again?

Okay, I’m coming to the end, even though I’ve no idea what comes after the end. Initially, I thought that I’d finish my edits and then pull Discovery from circulation in an attempt to redirect marketing efforts toward finding an agent and perhaps getting it published in the UK. But as I’ve gone through the book again, after not reading it for years, I realize that’s probably not the primary market.

While Awakening (book 2) features a full-on dragon war, and Emprise (book 3) even have dragons leaking into the modern world, in Discovery, the dragons were more incidental. Most of the book takes place in the world of dreams, but I’m not familiar enough with the UK market to know if I could make a go of it based solely on that. After all, would the idea of Ku Klux Klowns play across the pond? Who knows? Well, I suppose the demon klown nuns might be well accepted. 🙂

3608418922_9b61c984c5Can you tell I hate clowns?

In any case, I’m on chapter 36 of this 46 chapter book, and by my reckoning, that puts me at 76% done. Just in time too. I am seriously missing Jeanne Camille Dark and her partner, Foster Lee Cain. (Characters need middle names, just like they need favorite foods, even if you never write them in the book.) Being more writer than marketer, I am anxious to put Discovery to bed so I can get back to writing. I promise, Jeanne Dark will be done by the end of summer.

Dark

Of course, that’s just another step in the process. Then comes Letting it Sit, Preliminary Edits, Beta Readers, Second Edit, Formal Editing, and Submission. While I’m doing that, I’ll be chasing down an agent for The Brooklyn Trace, which I feel is infinitely more marketable than my previous books. Then I can get Dark out there and kick some ass.

But first, editing.

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6 thoughts on “Editing, Day … What the hell day is it again?

  1. That’s awesome that you’ve gotten so far with Dark. Hopefully the UK market will enjoy your current books as much as I have. I think a reference to the backwards man might really draw them in. That character was super-creepy!

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  2. It’s wonderful hearing someone else talk about how much work all this is. Sure, if it wasn’t a labor of love we wouldn’t do it. If, as writers, we didn’t “need” to do it we would do something else. The part that’s frustrating is how others think we’re on an extended vacation. You, of course, “get it” and that’s always wonderful to hear. It’s also great to hear you have a plan. You’ll get there.

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