After more time and revisions that I could ever count, I’m so very proud to say that my second book is ready to send off for review and, more importantly, publishing! I don’t know that this feeling will ever get old for me, but I plan to enjoy every moment I can every time I reach this stage. About a year-and-a-half ago, I published The Journals of Bob Drifter. I had no idea what to expect, and I honestly didn’t know what I was doing. I just wanted to publish my book.
Caught is different. I’ve mentioned a few times. It’s darker, but I feel like it’s a step forward for me as an artist. I learned a lot from Bob, and I’ll always be proud of it, but if I’m not pushing myself to reach new levels of skill, I’m going to be irrelevant before I’m even heard of.
This process is still going to take some time, but it’s a matter of weeks now instead of months. I want to send it to some reviewers (Kirkus and Red City) for cover blurbs. While they take a swing at it, I’ll probably address some style issues and do another proofread. One thing I regret about Bob was not doing another proofread. It’s a problem that I’m not sure I’ll let stand for much longer, but I don’t have to make that mistake with Caught. So there will be a lot going on here in my life. I’ll be setting up my book for publishing, waiting for the reviews to come back, and taking that time to do another read-through just because I care that much about fixing any mechanical issues that may pop up in the book.
I don’t have a release date yet, but I’ll announce that as soon as I get a few things figured out. What matters to me is first that my dream has come true a second time. That doesn’t happen without God’s help, and a lot of help from some very important mortals as well.
I’d have to start here with my mom. The reason for that is she had a nightmare once. She told me about it. I filed the thought away and the result is this book. I love my mom. I think a lot of my creativity and drive comes from her side of the family, and this book is a result of her many conversations with me about stories.
Ben is my alpha reader, editor, best friend, and pretty much whoever else I need in life. He is and will ever remain the first person I send my books to. If I never sell another book (I’d rather sell a million), I’ll keep writing them so long as he enjoys them.
Rosa was the first person to read this book (and a very rough draft at that) after Ben. I’d just gotten to know her and she picked this up to read and wouldn’t put it down. She took it home and read through it. That was one of the first times anyone just read my work for the sake of reading. It was a big moment for me. This was before Bob came out, and I was very nervous about sharing my work. She’s of the opinion this book was better. I have a soft spot for Bob, but I’ll admit I feel confident this book is, at the very least, written better, especially after all the editing.
Marco Palmieri of Otherworld Editorial took what I thought was my final draft and showed me how to make these characters even more impactful. He did this during an incredible transition in his career and some emotional struggles as well. Even then, he and I sat over a phone call and hashed out the character and plotting of the book to find ways to amp up the development and growth of the characters.
Quintessential Editor did a few passes on my book. He’s my continuity editor on this project, and I’ll keep working with him as long as he keeps putting up with my random messages and Naruto interruptions. Corey, thanks for your unwavering support.
Peggy has become a huge supporter of mine after Bob. She’s read a few key scenes here and there, and I can’t wait to see what she thinks of the finished product. She’s a one-person sales and celebration team who I’ve come to admire more and more since meeting her.
There are more, but these are the people who I wanted to give special appreciation to as I head into the publishing process.
So what do you do when you accomplish a life-long dream for a second time? You start writing another story. I’ll plow straight into Sojourn in Despair so that project can be finished by deadline.
Thanks for reading,