I’m such a negligent blogger. I haven’t posted in over two weeks. Instead I’ve been busy figuring out Twitter, growing my social network, and trying to finish up the rough draft of Dead Heat. I left Alex in a real mess and a lot of pain, and I feel kind of bad about that, but he’s going to be in a lot more pain before the book is over, so maybe he’s better off stuck in chapter 15.
I don’t really have any news about my book. I’d like to post my cover and give you a publication date, but I’m not ready to do that. Even though In the Blood is in good shape and passed muster with Raintown, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to have a professional editor look at it. I don’t want to make any commitments until I get feedback from her. I’m also thinking about changing the title. Even though the term “in the blood” will make perfect sense to race fans, any title that contains the word “blood” is bound to make people think of vampires or horror. Trouble is, I can’t think of anything else to call it, so I’m waiting to see if this editor comes up with something better.
The editor thing kind of scares me. I haven’t had the best of luck with the critiques I’ve gotten from conferences, coming away with comments like “you can’t use ‘gonna’ or ‘gotta’ in the narrative” and others that indicated the critiquer just didn’t get the point. The one editor I submitted to directly, someone who’s well-respected and I very much admire, told me I should re-write the whole thing in third person. Those of you who’ve read In the Blood will probably be just as aghast about that suggestion as I was. I feel like these editors had their idea of what a book should be like, and since mine didn’t fit that image, they wanted to change it. Never mind that I’ve seen other books that are doing exactly the same thing mine is, and Raintown (and my beta readers) loved it for the very things these other editors knocked. I know a good editor is supposed to connect with your story so well that she can polish it into the very best it’s supposed to be, instead of remaking it into her own personal vision. If someone is making suggestions that seem totally wrong, she’s probably not the right editor for your book. I also know that no two people are going to edit a book the same way, aside from correcting egregious errors, like a character being in two places at once, or somebody’s eye color changing throughout the story. Because of that, I realize I ultimately get to decide what changes to keep and what changes to nix, but the process still makes me a little uncomfortable.
As for the cover, I’ve had one designed, but if the title changes, the cover will, too, so I’m hesitant to post it until it’s finalized. I guess I could always upload the new picture, but I don’t want incorrect versions floating around in cyberspace. This leaves me with a Facebook author page photo of me at 24, wearing a mullet. Hey, it was totally cool back in 1990. Go check it out and, if you want to be really awesome, click that “like” button so I can catch up with my friend Amy.
By the beginning of April, I should have a better idea of when my first book will hit the ebook distributorships. For now, I’ll just say it’s going to be sometime this summer. Scratch that. It’s gonna be sometime this summer.