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.
I have learned some editing lessons in the last week. Three, in fact:
- When they say ‘Don’t edit your own work’ … they’re right. I have read over Fatal Score at least ten times. During those readings,I ignored at least two dozen obvious mistakes. My copy editor missed them, as well (though at least some were probably caused by just-have-to-do-it tweaks post copyedit). These are not grammatical shadings, but duplicated words, mixed tenses and the like. The main problem is that first draft was first person/present tense. I changed to third person/past tense several rewrites ago. I didn’t execute all the tense changes correctly.
- Grammar checkers check only grammar, not the abovementioned stupidities. I know that’s a tautology, but (for me) a painful one.
- If you employ a copy editor, make sure you mention that you expect a serious reading of the material, not a cruise-through by Word or Grammerly.
I am indebted to early readers of the book, who have pointed out obvious problems. (Ned Froelich, your careful reading is far beyond the call of ARC reader duty.) The good news is Print on Demand allows for changes.
POD does not assuage authorial mortification.