I sold a copy of METAL MAN WALKING today. Every sale counts.
For your consideration, a preview from my new novel, ANNIE DREAMING.
Check out my new blog – oh my, yes! dedicated to DooRFrame Books – i.e. METAL MAN WALKING and ANNIE DREAMING.
The excitement of selling your novel is extraordinary. I’ve had some “pre-publication-orders” from people who’ve read METAL MAN WALKING, but this morning a friend of mine from WordPress actually went out on a limb and purchased my novel, ANNIE DREAMING from Amazon.com directly. Now, that’s awesome. (Thanks, Michael!)
I realize that it’s hard to go out on that limb and buy a novel from some ‘unknown’ author. But, I can tell you without equivocation, that I’m a fine writer.
God gifted me with this talent, and I love Him for it. I thank Him every day – heck, almost every waking minute – with my love of language – yes, specifically the English language. I ask Him to help me be faithful in actually USING this gift!
I start STREET PREACHER on November 1st as part of NaNoWriMo 2012. I plan to write a rough draft of this new novel in 30 days. The aim is 50,000 words by midnight, November 30th, 2012.
Please pray for me!
Check out my ‘sound bite’ on ANNIE DREAMING !
Hopefully my quick read-through and edit doesn’t seem too quick. I’m a determined person. Once I start a writing task, I find it difficult to step away from it until it’s done. My legs bear witness to this – right now, my thighs are numb from being in the same position for so long. I must get up, take a swim, get some blood flowing. No wonder I’ve gained weight!
At any rate, ANNIE DREAMING is done – again.
I’ve uploaded the files, re-worked the cover. Now I wait for CreateSpace to tell me that my proof is ready for review.
Once I’ve reviewed it, I’ll likely step away for a week, peruse the manuscript one more time, then hit “publish.”
Thursday evening – that’s when it was still September – I break down and begin to re-read ANNIE DREAMING. Presently I am well into it at page 31 or so.
I make minor changes here and there, usually a change of word choice or phrase order in a sentence. You know, to see if a different word works better or if changing the phrase order makes for a better sentence or a better paragraph. I usually can’t tell whether the latter change enhances or harms. Likely the phrase order change is a matter of taste and has no real effect on the novel.
One chapter I start and skip. Not a good sign. Pencil in hand, I come back to that chapter now.
ANNIE DREAMING is on the surgery table.
In Starbucks at the hospital day before yesterday, standing in line. A fellow worker at the hospital catches my attention, says, “I’m reading METAL MAN WALKING. I love it. I love the way you write.” Then she mentions Dan Brown – I think – and says a few more wonderful things about my writing and my novel that sort of float up over my head and around or through my ears into and out of my brain so that I’ve no idea what else she says.
Now, all I need are more readers!
I’ve still got the marked-up [with pencil] proof of ANNIE DREAMING on my bedside table along with the previous 2 proof copies.
I am so much in the mood to re-read, edit, and re-write… but, I am resisting. I admit I’m afraid to put away the 3 proof copies lest my mood deserts me too quickly.
Oh, come on…
Counting the days…