Gettin’ All Emotional and Shit


L’homme Theroux just went through the first round of edits.  Now, it is off to the Beta readers.  I can only use the plural in the most technical of senses because there are only two.  Of course, my wife is one of them, so I will have to prod her to be sufficiently hard on me.

If anyone else is interested in participating in the creation of L’homme Theroux, please contact me.

If I haven’t mentioned it before, I absolutely hate editing.  It is the sort of nit picking, minutiae work that causes me to drink.  I have a theory that writers seem to commit suicide more often than the general population specifically because of editing.  How many writers have killed themselves while writing?  It always seems to be during editing.  That explains all the posthumous works.

I might have been able to send the novel out when I completed the first draft nearly two weeks ago, but I wanted to fix any big problems that jumped out at me.  No reason to give my Beta readers the softballs.  I want them to work.

The cover art should be in my tobacco stained hands by Friday.  I have every confidence I will love it and begin plastering it all over the place.  I have only the vaguest idea what it will look like, since I gave my artist a summary of the novel, a couple of themes to incorporate, and told her to go to town.

Now that someone besides me gets to see what I have worked on for two and half months, the nerves are setting in.  I hope it is well-received because no one wants to be told they suck at something that has taken so much effort.  It’s also taken sacrifice.  Any time I would have spent watching TV, farting around on the internet, socializing with friends, or reading for pleasure, has been virtually non-existent since July.  On the other hand, there is a part of me that wants to be put through the wringer.  The last thing I want is to be yet another example of crappy self-publishing.  This is an opportunity for me to show my skills.

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6 thoughts on “Gettin’ All Emotional and Shit

  1. I’m curious…Are you going to actually shop it or self-publish it? You’re a strong writer, and the fact you’re putting yourself through the actual PROCESS of writing, including taking the smack of betas (I’m doing that now and masochistically craving every minute of it), is indicative of consummate professionalism. Should you self-publish, I seriously doubt there’d be anything “crappy” about what you present. However, I think you should seriously give the pitching/shopping a shot, too, even if these days, the odds are only in favor of the Kings and Pattersons.

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    • Thank you for the compliment. I’m glad the effort I’ve put into this project is evident.
      The big reason I stopped writing a decade ago was precisely because of the traditional method of publishing. I’m entirely too impatient for the long waits and the economics of publishing itself. Publishers have to make decisions based on marketability. That is why the Kings and the Pattersons of the writing world dominate.
      Even if I were to publish traditionally, I expect none to zero support in the marketing effort from the publisher. Quite honestly, the only benefit I see to going the traditional route is placement on the shelves of a brick and mortar store for a few weeks before losing that spot to another book that will move more units and push mine into oblivion.
      Even with the thousands of books stocked at my local Barnes and Noble, the answer I hear over and over when searching for a particular book is to visit their website. If that is the common answer, that has the effect of frustrating my reader by the wasted trip and diverting them to impulse buys of books, gift cards, merchandise, and lattes of which I receive no benefit. I don’t begrudge them buying other books, but I certainly don’t want to miss the opportunity I had.
      My view on bookstores is they have shifted their business models to coffee shops that use the books they stock as a hook to keep customers purchasing more edibles instead of buying books.
      But mostly, I like the freedom. Production goes at the pace I set, I select my price point, and the publication rights remain with me without exclusivity clauses publishers frequently require. I can live with a Faustian bargain, but price would be astronomical since I would assume the entire work would forever be out of my hands. Not to mention the possibility of being prohibited from publishing under my name due to anti-competition clauses.
      I’m not saying I would not do it, but a publisher would have to walk in with a suitcase full of cash.

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