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I started writing The Peacemakers back in 1995 when it was suggested for a short story in a writing workshop. At that time I had the idea playing like a movie in my head, but as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, I ended up with a lot of pages of words and even came close to having a real story with it. Only problem was the need to force the story from one scene to the next. While the writing was mostly pretty good, the story telling lacked a natural flow. Characters needed to be in certain places at certain times and, like certain sci-fi writers who ask the computer to solve the problem or the anonymous anomaly to make everything flush more easily.

So I’m back to the manuscript, pulling the good pieces together and writing all new chapters beginning with the opening. I’ve come to the conclusion that the story really was too big to put in a single book, so I’m splitting it apart and adding some of the back story, changing the interactions with one of the main characters, and refocusing on the climax happening at what had been a major break point anyway. This time, however, the main character will have time to grow.

Since I’m yawning I’ll cut this short.

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In a holding pattern

Nothing to report on OTHAFA. I am presently working on another project in the meantime.

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I submitted a query to an agent on Monday and immediately went into wait and see mode. I started dusting off another manuscript in the meantime and was making good progress with some new ideas when I suddenly got an anxious feeling in the pit of my stomach. I thought maybe I had sensed a positive response waiting for me, or that I’d gotten a hit on my website from a particular IP address. But no, I didn’t see anything new. Then I had a mental flash: “querie” and I thought oh my God, please tell me I didn’t really spell it that way!

Sure enough, in checking in my “sent” mail, I found it. “Representation querie”. Man oh man, I thought what now? Should I try again only this time getting it right?

I decided not to worry. The worst that will happen is the recipient will see the misspelling and not even open my email. I will get notification of that in due time. At best, they won’t even notice the error or, if they do, will ignore it to see what the body of the email says. I figured sending a whole new query with just the correction will either draw attention to the error or give them the impression I am impatient. I just want them to read what I said and be honest.

So, here’s to hoping for the best possible outcome!

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Time to Put Up

It’s funny – I’ve been working on this book for a long time, or since early 2009 depending on how you look at it, and early on I was so anxious to send it out to agents and publishers. And I did send it off to two agents – one never responded (probably because I messed up the submission – that’s a big no no), and the other sent me a personal response with some ideas of what to do next. I took those suggestions and went to town.

For the past several months I’ve been writing and rewriting and having the manuscript read by a variety of different people, then rewriting again depending on the feedback I received (most of which was fantastic and very helpful).

I then let the book simmer while I tried to think of anything but, and as I did so I had new ideas and details pop up that I had to include. I went through the draft looking for logical errors and obvious flaws and fixed them.

Then I figured I’d shoot a new promotional video to replace the one that sounds so “dorky”, and while I was at it I’d fix the website. Then after all that I’d send the manuscript out.

Well, guess what? I think I’m creating excuses to put off the inevitable. So I did some minor changes to the website and have removed the old annoying video altogether. Oh, I’ll shoot a new one sometime down the road, but for now I need to shift my priorities and focus on getting published.

Wish me luck!

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Tweaking the website

I finally gave the website a bit of a face lift. Nothing drastic, more a refreshment. I like it, and there’s room to grow with it which I think is important.

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