Surface Edits

I’m plugging away at the final surface edits for Trentwood’s Orphan during my winter break from graduate school. It’s fast-going, and I’m surprisingly pleased with how the story is coming together. There are, of course, some chapters that got a little jumbled, but I assume that’s because not only was I retyping the entire book after hand-editing it, but I was converting from present-to-past tense at the same time. As such, some of my tenses got a little weird.

But other than that, I’m kind of excited. One of my friends pressured me into letting him read it, despite the fact that I’m not done with the surface edits, so he’s getting it in pieces.

Shocking though it is, not only does he like it so far, he converted the first chapter into a podcast. And it sounds super professional! If I self-publish, it will definitely go on the website as a sample of the book.

Which reveals my next thought: I’m wondering whether I’d like to self-publish this book, as I did my first, or if I’d like to try to go through a small publisher, like Five Star Publishing. I read one of their books in my genre and I know I could have written it, so there’s always that.

Anyway, things are coming along nicely. I hope to have these surface edits done by January 10 so I can send out the manuscript to those of you who offered to read it. As I mentioned before, I wouldn’t expect it back until May, so you have plenty of time to read and make comments.

Tell me, how are your projects going?

10 thoughts on “Surface Edits

  1. Trentwood's Orphan sounds great! As for me, I'm putting the finishing touches on the two novellas I plan to write in January. What's amazing is that I'd been gnashing my teeth over both plots as I struggled to pull them together for a full-length novel suitable (aka marketable) enough for NY, but the second I decided to write them as novellas and offer them for free–everything fell together.

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  2. Trentwood’s Orphan sounds great! As for me, I’m putting the finishing touches on the two novellas I plan to write in January. What’s amazing is that I’d been gnashing my teeth over both plots as I struggled to pull them together for a full-length novel suitable (aka marketable) enough for NY, but the second I decided to write them as novellas and offer them for free–everything fell together.

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