First off, I completed my 24-hour writing contest story and got it edited and sent it off. It started at 1100 words and I got it down to 870 by slashing the fat and getting rid of some of my really good details (Sorry crappy Jeep heater. You got cut).
But then I thought of trying to look at a story I wrote in 2014, ‘The Lives of Jonathon Gray.’ I actually made the decision in 2016 to have it professionally edited. I sent it to Dona McCormack (@DonaWrites) and she sent me back the edits.
Well, today, January 21, 2018 I read her edits and updated my story. What the hell? Why didn’t I do this earlier?
Probably, but guess what. I did it. I got it done and I loved reading the feedback from someone who read and consumed my story.
I want to do it some more. I’ve written several more stories for a collection named ‘Dissonic Voices’ and I want to get it out by the end of March.
And so it begins. This is the easy part. Continuing, that is the challenge. It always is.
“To Become the Collector” continues the story from last year’s hit, “To Find the Collector.” In book two of the Collector series, Cyris meets new humans, all with special powers. None are as mysterious, and gruff, as the one they call Boss. The Boss holds a power which Cyris has never dreamed of having. But the Boss has other plans than just giving his special gift to the Mover. The request the Boss puts forth to Cyris would cure him of the pain he feels due to the loss of the love of his life, Tabytha. Cyris dreams of their moments together, the love they shared, the horror of her death. His pain fuels his alcoholic spells when he makes rash decisions, like bestowing the ability to speak on a dog.
And it all leads to an ending that opens more possibilities than he ever knew.
The adage that if you build it they will come did not take into account that a thousand other people were building it every day and waiting for them to come. Well, I built it, and unless it was free to come, not one came payingly.
That’s fine. That’s a lesson learned. You got to find out what works and what doesn’t and do something different. Well, me doing a cover is the first thing that was wrong. I like to say that if I made a button for a website, it would look like a developer made a button. If my wife made a button, it would look good. Well, she made a cover for my book and it looks awesome.
Well, I gave away 25 copies of my first micro-novel “To Find the Collector“. So that is the starting point. As I understand it, the hope now is one or two of the people who got a copy, read it and write a review for it. Not only is critique good for the future readers but also immensely important to the author, – me.
I have the second part of the story written but need to edit it and get it out there. My hope would be to get it out sooner than later. When I launch “To Become the Collector”, I’ll post that book to Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Smashwords.. anywhere I frikin can. And then I’ll run the free promotion again for “To Find the Collector” trying to push the free book to lead into getting buys from the second book.
But I need reviews. I need to know what people think of it, and I feel a little like Microsoft shipping Windows. Windows usually has a couple thousand bugs with it when it ships. If it didn’t, it would never ship. Well, my first book has bugs in it. I’m just not sure I know what they are. Reviews will be helpful in finding them.
Let’s hope I get a bunch and they are more than “It’s great!” or “It sucks.”
Well, for Friday and Saturday, my eBook “To Find the Collector” will be given away for free. The thought is I want people to read it and give me reviews on it. Also, since it is the first in the series, I want to get some buzz going for the sequel that should come out in the next month or so.
Ok, so I started this book in 2007 and had the bulk of it written for the last 3 years. But, I’ve never felt comfortable enough to publish and share it. I’m not sure why, so I decided what the hell. Let the book be read.
The story is solid with some great twists. There is good character development and some fantastic parts that all blend into an interesting universe. Oh, and the romance…
I have the second book, ‘To Become the Collector’ almost edited and ready to go. It should be out the first quarter of 2015.
But until then, I would highly recommend enjoying the first book, ‘To Find the Collector.’ It’s a great read. I should know; I’ve been reading it for the last 7 years.