I haven’t talked much about my new novel lately–The Man Who Wasn’t There. I’ve been too busy getting it finished. Because my writing schedule is so weird, I often need to go back over material, which always necessitates some editing, before moving forward. I don’t know how many other authors do this, but it works for me.
The good news: I’ve got maybe two chapters to finish the book. The ending is driving me crazy, as endings always do, but there will be a completed draft within days.
Then there will be a rewrite–or six. For some reason, I absolutely love rewrites. Sections can get moved. Pithy quotes have the opportunity to become pithier. What I usually need to do in rewrites is fill in each character more with details such as body language, facial expressions, characteristic gestures that repeat themselves. Emotions. I’m horrible with emotions/feelings, and my first drafts tend to be a bit wooden because of it.
And that’s just the writing part. Last week my buddy Jennifer King took my picture. Jen has a passion for photography and is particularly good at portraits. We spent an hour in the back yard. Here’s the photo I chose for the back cover of The Man Who Wasn’t There. Weird thing: I posted this photo and got more hits on my Emma Golden Mysteries Facebook page than I’ve ever gotten before. I’m stunned.
Much more is going on behind the scenes. Aaron Yeagle, my Author Platform Guru, has been busy putting together audio books for the first two Emma novels. You can visit this YouTube link to hear samples of what we’ve got. Aaron also is the cover designer for the new book. We chose a photo by Doreen Wynja, a McMinnville photographer I’ve worked with over the years, and Aaron is putting together the best cover ever! I am totally blown away by the SEO stuff he is doing, too. That stuff is like wizardry to me. I don’t understand it, but I’m grateful to know someone who does.
If I’m quiet about the book for a bit, don’t worry. That just means I’m working real hard to get ‘er done. I’ve also been having the time of my life reviewing plays. The Portland area drama scene is just incredible, and I find myself immersed. It complements what I’m doing here, and can only help to make me a better writer overall.
It takes a village to publish a book, y’all. I am surrounded by talented and creative folks to help me make this happen. Thanks to all of you helpers, friends, and readers for being here and having my back. More anon.