If you haven’t heard, Bob Moore: Desperate Times has finally been published on Amazon (in time for my October deadline). But this is only the beginning. In the coming days/weeks, check back here for all sorts of extras including behind the scenes podcasts where a couple of my beta readers quiz me about Bob, his world, the themes, and even future stories. I’ll post a few deleted scenes – stuff I cut from the book because it slowed the pacing down. Yes, I know the book is over 100k words but it was, at one point, longer. I’ll also be posting news about and reviews of the book as I become aware of them. It’s been a long haul and I’m SOOOOOOOO glad to be done editing. Now, I can go back to the fun stuff – writing. That’s right, Bob 3 (tentatively titled Bob Moore: Hostile Territory) is already half plotted. My goal is to finish up the outline this week and start writing next week. I’ll tell you what – I learned a lot from Desperate Times, not the least of which is that I’ll never, EVER post deadlines again. Too many things can happen that are outside my control.
Lastly, I promised to do a few posts about my experience posting Desperate Times to the various ebook services. I shall. We did Amazon first because 1) it has the largest audience, 2) we’ve done it before and pretty much knew how it would go, and 3) because it wasn’t Smashwords so I knew it would be up and available to download not in weeks, but in hours. Next up will be Nook and iBooks followed by Smashwords. As a small preview, the process for posting to Amazon is SO easy and straight-forward. If you have Word, pretty much what you see is what you get. I’ll expand on that later on this week. For now, I’m going to take a nap.
I came across a post on one of the creative writing forums from a member that was looking for a beta reader. Or readers I suppose. I don’t know. The genre and plot interested me and the member had a respectable number of posts. Not a lot, less than 100 for sure, but enough that I knew they had contributed. Rather than post on the thread directly, I went ahead and PM’ed (private messaged) them. They sent me the first two chapters of their work, which I edited and returned. They then sent the next three chapters, which I again worked on. After that, I gave them some overarching comments (things that needed to be addressed in what I’d read so far) and let them know that I would look at their revised chapters when they were done with them. This experience was as much a learning experience for me as (I hope) it was for them. They learned about where and how to improve their story. I learned a few things about being a beta reader. Here’s what I learned. Just so no one is confused, this is not a definitive list. I’m sure I have much more to learn and can’t wait to do so.
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The cover to the sequel to Bob Moore: No Hero is now (mostly) official. I have to say, once again, James Riot gave me both what I wanted and what I needed. I gave him some suggestions, some of which he ignored. This, to me, is exactly how it should be. When I work with my beta readers, I critically examine everything they say. I keep what I think works (regardless of what they think) and discard the rest. Eventually, we all end up agreeing to either disagree or that the solution, while not what they would do, works.
The same with James. I’d say that he took all my main suggestions but one. That one he responded to the effect, “I’m the artist, shut up.” And I did. Of course, I love the cover. It’s very dramatic and interesting. When I’ve shown it to people I’ve heard, “Who’s the girl? And the figure in the background? What’s that about?” If a cover makes you want to know more, it has done its job. I’m sure I’ll get another slew of, “I only downloaded the book because of the cover,” comments again. Great Job James. If you are looking for a cover of similar quality, check him out at his website.