Category: How To Write A Series

  • Cool free stuff for you during my Birthday Week

    I turn 54 this week. I’ll have a post on that in a couple days, but for today, I have some presents for you. Today (Monday, Oct 6, 2014—through Monday, October 13, 2014) Readers: For every fiction book you buy from my shop for $5.99, I’ll give you one $2.99 book free. Astute readers will…

  • Super-Snippet: The Selling of Suzee Delight—all three scenes of CHAPTER ONE

    All rightee. Deep breath for me, here. Just got finished putting THE SELLING OF SUZEE DELIGHT, Tales from The Longview: Episode 2, up on Amazon. It should go live tomorrow at some point, and when it does, I’ll send out notices. I love this story. I cannot believe how much I love this story. It…

  • SUZEE DELIGHT is off to the copyeditor

    The story wrapped (in what I’m considering the final version) at 29,706 words. 9706 words over what I’d planned, or one third of another story. However, this episode turned out to be far more important to the overall series than I’d anticipated—I got into a couple things in it I wasn’t expecting to see in…

  • The state of the revision of THE SELLING OF SUZEE DELIGHT

    I did my first editor’s revision. Added a bunch of words to the story. In the first revision, I nailed the ending, but screwed up one big character issue while fixing a problem from the first revision. Am doing the second editor’s revision today. After that, assuming Matt’s third read of the story gets me…

  • SUZEE DELIGHT gets longer

    Worked six hours on type-in revision today. I’m 60% of the way through the type-in, and as usual, the story is getting longer. Today, even after some big cuts, I ended up with a 522-word net gain, and a word count of 24,728. I have some big cuts in the last third, but also MOST…

  • First Draft Finished on “The Selling of Suzee Delight”

    The story ran longer than planned—23,929 words rather than 20,000—but I brought the first draft in on deadline. I had to write 2653 words today to HIT that deadline, but I did it. So as promised, here is a largish version of the final cover art (clickable to show an even bigger version. Your votes…

  • Thank you for voting on the Suzee Delight Cover Art

    The comments, both positive and negative, were tremendously helpful. The raw test for COVER 3 won votes by a massive amount, but as I noted, that was NOT a finished cover. It was a rough draft. My overall changes have addressed the following issues: No text over Suzee’s eyes. Brighter skin tone—she can’t be mistaken for…

  • Possible Cover Art for THE SELLING OF SUZEE DELIGHT

    VOTING HAS NOW CLOSED. Click here to see the final version of the cover art. I’ve done three possible covers for SUZEE DELIGHT. Posting them below, and would very much appreciate a vote on the one you like best. COVER #1 COVER #2 COVER #3  

  • The Selling of Suzee Delight: The Captain’s Dinner

    Turns out there has been treachery and evil aboard the Longview, with the spy revealed today. I’m happy with what I got—have written more than four thousand words since my last check-in.  I’m at 14,452 words out of a planned 20,000, but the story is once again running a bit long on me. I’ll definitely be…

  • Past the Halfway Point on “The Selling Of Suzee Delight”

    I wrote 2004 words, and have now completed more than 10,120 words of the story, so I’m past the halfway point. Today Kagen, after finding himself dumped from the Longview, located a strange temporary job in the City of Furies processing protests from famous people regarding the trouble in which Suzee Delight finds herself. And Melie, still Two…