I am excited! I am running a contest for the new cover for my book Eversoul. The original design fail to showcase the the subject of the book. It conveyed another image completely. A romance novel is not what Eversoul is about. Take a look at these and vote!
Life for me never gets this far off center. The truth is I need to make a big change to my book. Voices. I need to distinguish clearly the difference between each of my characters voices. Red Beard has a very clear voice that cannot be mistake as anyone else. The Ambassador’s voice is fair but could use a little tighten up.. The Archbishop’s voice is pretty fair too, but it could use a tweak or two. Jack’s voice Casandra’s, and Lunar’s voices need work. Mrs. Callahan is okay but tuning it better will help to bring depth to her character.
Besides that? There is in general some other work too that needs to be done before I get to and editor. While the act of writing is free except for the time spent doing it, the editing and cover work is not free. Money flow has been tighter than it needs to be and we have been reworking our budget to allow for more work on the book. Honestly though, I have to finish it to my best ability before I can send it off to an editor.
The cover that has kept me going is not going to be the cover that will be on the finished book. My reading group says it is a proper cover for a love story or a smut book but not for Eversoul. To that advice I will run a contest at the end of February for my new cover.
When the contest opens I will post everything here and share the designs offered. For tonight I am off to bed. See you all again soon.
It has been too long. I have climbed out of my cave and shook off hibernation.
A new year, the same dreams. A different plan a different approach to the same I am an author. I am working on my first trilogy. Book one was finished last fall until I read through it six times and felt something missing. I had it read by a beta reader without her knowing my position. She agreed it has a lot of potentials but has a flaw. I have worked through the rewrite in my head. I need a new cover for my book because the last one looked like a smut book I was politely told repeatedly. My budget at the end of the year was depleted. It still is in a sorry state. There is hope my income tax return will provide for that. Book two is already forming in my head and on paper. I want to finish that one this year also. So, it begins. I have had too long of a break. I can’t stop writing, and I can’t be an Author if I did. It is a woven part of my fiber.
I have been lucky to travel a little outside my small box of Ulster County New York. I found myself stuck repeating the same process of working and being laid off. I sought a way out of that mad circle and into the US army. In my first two years, I moved five times. All in the United States, but still outside of my box. I lived in Texas, Georgia, New Jersey, and Hawaii. Each place presented different people, and different attitudes. I loved watching people. I got a larger picture than I have ever had. Pieces of these people’s personality will show up in my writing. Probably not intact but mixed to create the beauty and the horror in my stories.
Because we are human, and because when I joined the army I was still not mature, my wife, Shirley and I stumbled through life making every possible mistake along the way. We did not miss any opportunities to make mistakes, I think we made them all. Love has a way of not giving up, not surrendering for us. We fought against the urge to divorce. It was never due to a lack of reasons, we both had plenty. Love still ran strong through us and bound us together. We found ourselves tossed back into the fire, melted and reforged again and again until we could learn our lesson and move on.
We have moved on to a better understanding between ourselves and others. One thing we never got out of was helping out other people who appeared to be lost along the path of life. The type of people we were afraid that would get lost between the cracks of services and disappear. Approaching retirement fast, we have had to cut back and become more focused on where we are headed, and prepare to move into a reduced salary. I will begin to tell about those we helped although the names will be altered to protect them. Look tomorrow for Owen of Ohio.
I am a new author, starting a second career. I have dreamed of writing books since I was ten years old. I never got this far in my dream. Here I am though plucking along toward my goal. There is so much to learn, so much to do. I use to think writing a book was simple. It is anything but that. It is a lot of hard work. You really need to love what you do if you want to be an author. I have the story Eversoul down now I am bringing greater focus to the story. I am cleaning up mistakes and clarifying the overall picture. So I can present the best reading experience. I am still collecting Beta readers who want to read a great fantasy story and get a free ebook when it is published. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have written long stories, then you might have ran into some of the issues I have. I cannot fully outline a book like some do. I have to allow my characters the room to become who they are. Discovery writing is a process that allows the characters to affect much of the flow of a story. I had and idea for Eversoul surrounding the concept of secrets. From there I drew a cast of characters that would play on the stage. Then I wrote and looked to see where they would take me. I find their conflicts against each other and themselves. The story grows as they grow.
After the story the work comes: editing, correcting mistakes in descriptions, making the story clear and concise. Sharpening the images, making everything pop and stand out. Beta readers for feed back are a must!
New Authors tend to have some things in common. One is excitement. I removed the post of the first chapter the dream. It was posted before its time (Pun intended). Writing is contagious. Every page brings me surprises as my characters unfold before me. That excitement leads me to want to share what I have discovered and sometimes that leads to an early release of material that should not be read yet. Eversoul is moving very nicely along its path toward completion.
I am on revision three, hitting all the grammar errors, looking closely at plot and the characters individual stories as I move through the story. I love this story and I won’t release it until it is as good as it gets. Speaking of which I am still taking on beta readers.
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