Echo, Volume 4 word count (after my second editing pass): 214,135; Kor’Thank word count: 14,159
Thanks to All Who Bought Echo! And BIG THANKS to those who posted positive reviews on Amazon or Goodreads!!!
News: Okay I just finished my second edit of Echo 4, and I cut out roughly 26,000 words. Woohoo! For those of you interested in “The Process,” (I cringe a little at how pretentious that phrase sounds) I edit pretty ruthlessly, and the way I judge my work is largely by instinct. There are some logical criteria (does one idea flow smoothly into the next), but really I’m looking for pace and flow, as I’ve laid down the bulk of the thematic stuff in my initial draft. I liken editing to combing hair, or making gravy. The more you comb, the less you get caught up on snarls and tangles. Or when I make gravy and I add starch to thicken it. I gotta stir for awhile, making it the right consistency without any big ol’ lumps floating around. To bring it back to my analogy, the more I edit, the more the manuscript flows through my mind smoother and smoother. That’s how writing goes for me, anyhow.
On paperback hell: I’ve just ordered a beta-proof of Echo 1 and 2 combined edition 6 x 9 inches, but the page count requires me to set it at $12.78 MINIMUM. I’ve ordered a bigger cover for a bigger dimensioned book so that I can try and lower the page count, and thus the price. Once I get the bigger cover, I’ll order another beta-proof so I can see if it looks okay. I want a low price, but at the same time, I don’t want it to be 8.5 x 11 inches, the dimensions of a standard sheet of printer paper.
On Kor’Thank: I’m comfy enough with my writing abilities to publish these mostly polished chapters as I write them, but as soon as I publish on Amazon, I’ll have to cut the free samples down to 20% of the total manuscript (that’s all they allow you to offer online for free). That clause is why I don’t have bigger samples of Echo on my site. You’ll probably be able to read Kor’Thank in its entirety before I round all the chapters up into one book and click publish. My philosophy is since I’m not ready to quit my day job anytime soon and write full time, why not build a brand by offering my stuff for free? Andy Weir did it, and brands are priceless, right? That’s why Amazon could operate at a deficit for so long, and then go beast-mode. Also: it’s just good karma to put your heart into something and give it away for free. I understand it’s not practical to do all the time, but in matters of love, like writing, I think it goes a long way.
Anyhoo, that’s it for now! As always, I gotta get back to work! And as always, if you’re a writer, then I wish you inspired drafting and insightful editing!