Fail Deadly, the Next Step: ß

I am almost finished with Alpha, soon to need Beta. Which is to say, I am near the end of the rewrite of my third novel, Fail Deadly.

The first draft was the easy part … six months on a roller coaster ride, wind in the face, screaming along the tracks of the plot. Unalloyed joy. Then began the hard part: Rewrite. I am truly fortunate to be a member of three critique groups, so the chapters have gone before a jury of talented writers. Line by line, character by character, week by painstaking week, they have stayed with the story. They are, in the parlance of writerdom, the Alpha readers. I am almost through integrating many of the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of suggestions.

The next step is the Beta. The Alphas can’t do it — they’re too familiar with the detail. I will need several people willing to read the manuscript all the way through, looking for character flaws, plot inconsistencies. Or perhaps most valuable to me (as well as most painful), saying, “I got bored at page X and couldn’t finish.”

If you, dear reader are interested in being a Beta, let me know through Contact page or straight to gotuit5243@gmail.com.  I’ll have the manuscript in Word and PDF files, e-books in Kindle and Nook formats, as well as a few paper copies.

Fatal Score is Up and Running

Fatal Score is live on Amazon in both trade paperback and e-book.  The formal launch here in Minneapolis is this coming Sunday, November 18th.  The NFL has been considerate enough to move the Vikings-Bears game from midday to evening. In Minnesota, that means a bump in attendance for my 2:00 to 4:00 launch party.

I am grateful for some wonderful professional reviews and glad that the work to get the book properly listed is over.  My advance copy readers are putting up their reviews.  IngramSpark has produced the copies I need for the launch, libraries and so on faster than I expected.  Goodreads is on line.

My next job is to market the book and to edit the audio version.  It’s never ending, but I love the writing part.  As I said in response to a Goodreads question, being in the business of writing is my hall pass to hang out with as smart, as creative, as interesting a group of people as I have ever known.