Echo: The Weekly Update

Word Count, Vol.4:  150,151

Thanks to All Who Bought Echo!  And BIG THANKS to Melissa, Barbara, Ian, Lorna, [anonymous], Lisa, Meg, Matt, Bobby, F.T., Alice Smith, Leslie Coop, Richard, Shauna, Sydney, Pam, Jessica, Angela, Kiesa, Ross, Keith, Alice, Daina and Daniel for posting AMAZING reviews on Amazon!!!  Ashley too for the 5 star on Nook!  I’d like to reiterate that leaving a positive review for any author is the equivalent of leaving $100 tip at a restaurant (I know some authors who’d actually pay that much for a good review).  Although I sincerely appreciate any love you leave me on Amazon, please consider leaving a review for ANY author you know, simply as a random act of kindness…because it’ll mean the world to ’em!  (A good place to start are those I’ve listed—a few of them are authors.  Let me know if you want me to put you in touch with ’em and I’ll be more than happy to do so!  And no, you don’t need to have purchased their book to leave a review on Amazon; you simply needed to have used Amazon at one time or another to leave what’s called an “unverified purchase” review.  If you purchased their book at the store or on another eReader, you can still leave a review for them.)

News:  I’m closing in on the finale of the second act, thank the Maker!  (3PO reference for all you fellow nerds out there).  I wanted drafting done last month to be honest, but as I keep saying:  The muse wants what the muse wants.  My concern—as always—is time.  I wanna get this thing out and enjoyed by all you readers, then move on to the next project.  There’s a gang of books simmering in my head right now, urging me to ignore carpal tunnel and my fuzzy night vision but I say Nay!  Get thee away from me you workaholic temptations!

Right now this book is mostly fat.  Oh there’s a few pieces of succulence floating around in there, but I haven’t edited a single word as of yet.  If any of you were to read Volume 4 as it is now, your upper lip would coil in disgust (kinda like mine does when I read Echo 1, nyuk nyuk).

Anyways, I’m still waiting to hear back from Palamedes’ associate editor to see whether or not he wants to work with me on the Echo series, but rest assured—I’m pushing hard to bring Echo to you guys in paperback.  Unlike ePublishing, traditional publishing is a tad bit more bureaucratic and requires the “chop” of more than just yours truly.  I’ve already re-uploaded a lightly edited file of Echo 1 over top of what you original readers have read.  I took out all that I thought “egregious.”  Still a lot of adverbs—more than I’m comfortable with—but I left room for the editor to toy with the thing.  (To all you original readers:  I apologize that you had to suffer through my ignominy.  I didn’t know that adverbs slowed down pacing when I wrote Echo 1.  During my light edit I cringed as I saw sentences that sometimes had two of ’em in there).

Okay, I think that’s it!  Got another Man Child Monday ready to go for tomorrow; hopefully it’ll make you guys laugh.  If any of you are writers, I wish you inspired drafting and insightful editing!  🙂

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