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Good news to everyone who has been waiting for the third Kit Melbourne novel to finally be available in paperback! I just got my proof today, and it looks good, so I’ve stuck a fork in it and called it done. It won’t be available on Amazon and other channels for at least a few days, but it’s available on my Createspace store right now. Here’s the link: https://www.createspace.com/3864198
I’m also ordering some copies to sell to anyone who wants one and lives locally.
For those of you who have been following the FAERIE KILLER serialized novel, this is book three in the series, the prequel to FAERIE KILLER. SEEING THINGS and TREEMAKER are one and two, respectively.
Here’s what I’ve done so far on the fourth Seabingen novel. It may not look like much, but it’s taken me a couple of months to get here.
First, I read over the original novel and decided that it was crap that wasn’t worth publishing. Okay, so it’s not all crap; there are scenes I will reuse and dialog I will splice in. The problem is that the bones of the story are bad. The motivations the plot are based upon aren’t plausible, and the plot had to be reworked from the ground up.
I’ve had luck before working from a synopsis. A few times, when I worked from a detailed synopsis, I was able to produce good work quickly, because I didn’t have to pause and make sure that the scene fit the overall plot. I have also had some luck writing work out longhand. I don’t usually do it (I type about 5x as fast as I write) but the one time I did do it, I wrote a story which had a depth my writing doesn’t often have. For this novel, I’ve decided to combine these.
First, I wrote out a synopsis. (Well, it’s mostly a synopsis. A few fleshed-out scenes crept in there). With the first three chapters, which are pretty much done, it came out to around 24,000 words, so it’s a hefty synopsis.
Then, I got all these little scraps of paper and wrote out a summary of each scene on them. I laid them out on the table, based upon whose story line it was. I labeled them here. As you can see, Kit and Morales are the main characters. In the first version, Kit, Morales, Fenwick, and Jackie were the main characters, and they each had the same number of scenes/chapters. I liked the elegance of having an orderly system, but it meant I had to manufacture scenes for some characters that didn’t advance the plot as much as they should have. In this version, Vax is a minor character with a subplot, and the main plot is Kit and Morales’ murder investigation.
The reason why the climax happens at the 2/3 mark instead of the 1/2 mark is that I’m still not sure how the story is going to end. I know who the bad guy is, and who he’s going to kill, and how a couple of the minor characters get away from him, but I’m not sure how Morales is going to take him down. I don’t have that scene in my head yet.
But I have enough to start. I have the first three or four chapters mostly completed, and I bought a little moleskine that fits in my purse so I can write out scenes by hand whenever I have a free moment. It won’t be done by Christmas, but it will certainly be done next year.
Dear Blog Friends;
Thanks to everyone who has downloaded my novel since I posted it on Tuesday night. Double thanks to those of you who have read it or started to read it. It’s weird, I have been talking about this book for a long time, but now that it’s out there in the real world, I feel oddly self-conscious. Like, how are people going to judge me, now that they’ve seen my novel? It’s not my only novel, of course, but it was the first one. I haven’t had that feeling in a long time.
I was thinking today how I wish that life were like a game show. On a game show, if you get something right, there’s a chime, and people clap. In real life, you don’t have the instant response to let you know if you made the right decision. Sometimes, you don’t find out for years, or at all. It’s hard to know what decision is the right one. How long should I keep SEEING THINGS free? Forever? Until a thousand downloads? Until September first? Until I put it up on Kindle? I’m not sure what the right answer is. I may never know. Nobody knows for sure. It’s a frontier out here in epub land.
At some point, I would like to consider a print version (besides just those of you who downloaded the pdf and then printed it out.) At some point, I would like to consider an audiobook version. Right now, however, I am just working on TREEMAKER, the sequel. Right now I am cleaning it up for formatting errors. I have the background of the cover made up; I did it today.
What I have to keep remembering is that perfectionism has no place here. The perfect is the enemy of the done. The perfect exists only on my hard drive, and can’t be read by, and hopefully enjoyed by, other people. So I’m sorry to those of you whose formatting errors make the manuscript hard to read. I will try to fix them, but if I can’t, I can’t.
Peace out. And please keep informing me of the formatting errors, especially if you get one (or don’t get one) that someone else commented on.