I finished Dark Star this morning. Now the real work begins. I sent it over to Lisa, this isn’t for editing, I just want feedback on the general feel of the book. To see if the plot works and if there are any gaping holes. If there are she’ll send it back and I’ll fix it. Then she’ll get it again for editing. There will be much weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth and we’ll eventually have a book. Then it’ll go to my beta readers and after taking their feedback into account I’ll edit it again. With any luck we’ll be done in time for a Valentine’s Day release.
I’ve only got a few more scenes to add and Dark Star will be finished. Then I’ll let it sit for a minute while I work on something else. I like to do that when I have time, letting a book marinate brings out all kinds of new ideas. This is especially true if I work on something else in the interim. Like right now I’m working on Dark Star, my next book, Diamonds on the River is driving me insane. When I come back to Dark Star I’ll be able to see all those typos and grammatical errors as well. For some reason, editing yourself is darned near impossible. Lisa will be editing this one for me, and she’s absolutely brutal, so I have to write clean or she’ll hurt my feelings.
I’m going to try my hand at self-publishing with Dark Star. A lot of my friends have encouraged it and I’d like to see how it turns out. I had wanted to get it out by Christmas as a gift to my fans, but I don’t know if that will be feasible. Maybe it’ll make a lovely Valentine’s Day present instead. Whit is designing an absolutely gorgeous cover that I can’t wait to share with y’all.