I have just uploaded my new website. I have designed this one to look more professional than the old one.
The old one was produced using iWeb. For the new one I have used Rapidweaver. It is far more sophisticated and I think the result is a better website. Please let me know what you think.
The publisher’s artist likes my suggestion for a cover design! She asked for a high res version but unfortunately it is made up from pictures I found on the net so there would be copyright issues.
So she is going to produce something similar. I can’t wait to see it. They say ‘do not judge a book from its cover’ but of course everyone does.
I have not yet received the final proofs for sign off but hopefully it won’t be long. Once they are approved things should move a lot faster.
It is my birthday to day and my sons have treated me to an excellent meal. Now I have to make the decision, another beer or start on the single malt whisky. Life is full of hard decisions!!
The proofs have just been posted back to the publisher. I rewrote the sections indicated by the editor. It was strange to go back to the old characters and situations after spending the last few weeks writing book two.
I read the whole book again and found some minor issues that I added to the editor’s notes. It is funny but every time I read it I find something I want to change!
Well it seems that the most popular version of the book ‘blurb’ was version B so I have made a couple of minor changes and sent that to the publishers as well.
So now it’s back to book two. I left them in a tricky situation so I have to find a way out for them somehow…..
Modified Blurb for Guardian
Having retired for a quiet life in an isolated part of the country following an unsuccessful and debilitating experiment by the Navy, Tristan Taylor’s life is turned upside down by the arrival of Aurelia- an alien warrior whose fighter has crash-landed behind his cottage!
With the realisation that he can ‘feel’ the alien’s thoughts and with the knowledge that the previously failed brain implant can now interface with the alien’s computers. Tristan begins his quest to end the rule of the dominant Dacian people and bring peace and equality to all races.
I received the book proof back from the publisher on Friday with several pages of comments from the editor. Now I have to read it all through carefully and check the changes. There are also recommendations. I have to make the decision do I go with the changes or do I leave it as is.
The recommendations involve the rewrite of a couple of chapters. One is an encounter between two of the characters. I have written it first from the standpoint of one then the same situation from the point of view of the other. The editor thinks it would be better if it were combined. I don’t know. I will perhaps try it and see. I like the effect of a situation from both viewpoints.
The book is laid out, as it would be in printed form with the copyright, page numbering and chapter formatting. It looks really good. It is now getting exciting. I will soon have a book I have written myself published!
However I do need some help. The publishers have come up with a ‘Blurb’ for the back cover. I like mine best but I am not sure. It is what someone reads if they are browsing in a bookshop (or on line for that matter) so it is important.
Below is a copy of my version and theirs. I have marked them A and B. Which do you think is best or should I make a combination of the two?
Just push the ‘mail me’ link at the bottom of the blog main page and put A, B or combine in the subject line so it is very simple. I would very much appreciate your input so please take a moment to decide which one you think is best.
A) Tristan Taylor is an ex-naval officer who rescues a strange alien from a crash on the moor behind his cottage. Unbeknown to him she is a member of a cruel race of beings who have enslaved the galaxy and strip planets for their resources. She Tricks Tristan into accompanying her to find her people, the Dacians. She hopes she will be rewarded for finding such a rich world and a source of strong slaves. During their journey her plan backfires and a strong relationship develops between them.
When they reach her people she is disgraced for fraternising with an alien and Tristan is scheduled for termination. Tristan escapes with the help of prisoners from one of the slave races. He then finds himself in the middle of a vicious war against the Dacians where he has to use his training and his abilities to survive and help turn the tide of the war. He is forced to fight many battles before he can hope to bring an end to the threat of Dacian dominance.
Along the way he awakens a powerful Artificial Intelligence, which shakes his beliefs and challenges the established history of all the races in the Galaxy.
B) Having retired for a quiet life in an isolated part of the country following an unsuccessful and debilitating experiment by the Navy, Tristan Taylor’s life is turned upside down by the arrival of Aurelia- an alien warrior whose aircraft has crash-landed in his garden!
With the realisation that he can ‘feel’ the alien’s thoughts and with the knowledge that the previously failed brain implant can now interface with computers. Tristan begins his quest to end the rule of the dominant Dacian people and bring peace and equality to all races.
Nearly half way through January already!
Hopefully in another couple of weeks I should have an update on the progress of my book. I will upload the revised first chapter and put the front cover on the webpage.
The second book is progressing all be it slowly as my sons or work keep distracting me. I did however come to a conclusion on the character I wrote about in my last blog entry. I have decided to keep her alive for the moment. I did think of a completely different direction to go with the story. I have two story lines running in parallel and I needed a link to connect them. As usual something presented it’s self as I was writing.
I don’t think I could ever write a book where it is planned out first or to a formula. I could not stick to it. It seems always to be a case of the story building as I go! I also tend to think of some thing a couple of chapters ahead and if I come to a difficult bit jump forward. Write about that situation for a while then jump back. It stops me getting bored. I do have to juggle things about when that happens though. I have to find some way to join the sections up.
On a less happy note a person I know has just been made redundant. He has decided to fight it, as it is clearly unreasonable. I have in my mind an idea for a story putting the situation into a fictional context. I will add links to relevant websites as the story progresses. It might prove useful to any one who finds themselves in a similar situation especially in the current economic climate
As this is my first blog entry in 2009 I wish you my reader a Happy New Year. I had thought of many things to write about while I was away. Now I am in front of my computer I find my mind has gone blank! I should have written everything down when I thought of it. Oh well hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Guardian book two has reached 11500 words. Now the story lines have started to take shape I find it easier to write. The only thing is I find I have lots of possibilities and I can take the characters in many directions. I am at a point where I have one character I can either kill off making a poignant end to a chapter or I could continue them and they will cause one of the main characters to act differently. This would take part of the story in a totally different direction.
It is what I like about writing fiction. I do not know what is going to happen to the characters. I have a vague goal but getting there is laced with a myriad of possibilities. The people in the story start to become friends. They have hopes and fears like real people. Sometimes their actions and responses unfold as I write. Other times I have to stop and ask ‘ What would they really do now?’ Whatever happens they have to remain in Character to be believable.
The one thing I have to watch is that I have an apparent tendency to ‘tell not show’ I often get carried away telling, then have to go back and show the story instead. As a brief example of telling and showing the next line is a ‘tell’
John was angry. He told the boys off then chased them away.
This is the same sort of thing in a ‘show’ version
John clenched his fists. He felt his cheeks burn. His eyes flashed as he shouted ‘stop it immediately!’ He could see the fear in their faces. He shook his fist and ran towards them. They were not going to stay around and face him. They turned and fled.
Well, I think I will sleep on the fate of the character I was talking about previously. I am currently leaning towards finishing them off but maybe tomorrow I will change my mind. I will let you know what I decide. If you ever read the book perhaps you will be able to identify the one I am talking about!