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 launch

The e-mail campaign to get early reviewers for Fatal Score launched today for a launch in mid-November. The first chapter is here as a pdf and here if you wish to listen to it. (I’m planning to put audio up on Amazon early in 2019.)  

I have some great reviews, and, reading through the current version of the book (which is rewrite 14), I realize how indebted I am to the many writers who have helped me grow in the craft.

There is a common story among writers about the first book: we write a draft, think it’s pretty good, send out queries to agents, realize the manuscript needs more work, rewrite, rewrite rewrite.  When the book is finally as good as it’s going to be, we look back and chuckle at our naïveté.  I started Fatal Score in 2011.  Next one will be easier.