February 8th, 2012
Feeling Movie Deprived…

I haven’t managed to see all the films that I’d planned on seeing over the last two weeks. Really bummed about missing Haywire and Young Adult. I suppose that happens. It just sucks when the films don’t stay at the theaters long.

In the meantime, I have stayed busy. I finished writing PHANTOM WARRIORS: ARCTOS on Sunday night. Monday was a bit of a wash work-wise. I spent time with friends instead. Tuesday, I broke out the YA and started the slow process of re-editing. So far I’ve managed to rearrange the first seven chapters of the book. I think the changes will take care of the problems I had with pacing. (I don’t normally have problems with pacing, so when I do, I know there’s a BIG problem with the manuscript.) Anyway, it’s off to a good start. I was going to plow ahead, but decided to edit PW: Arctos first, since I knew it would be easier and far quicker to do. I’m hoping that it doesn’t take more than a couple of days to complete. Once it’s done, I’ll format it and release it on Kindle, Smashwords, and Nook, then send it off to be reformatted for All Romance Ebooks. With any luck, it’ll be up and for sale by the middle of next week. 🙂

The Passive Voice blog had a very interesting survey on the site today. It was all about Indie authors and the self-publishing movement. If you’ve self-published a book (backlist or original), you may want to stop by and fill it out. The whole thing is semi-anonymous. (i.e. No names given, but I’m sure there are captured ISP’s.) I’m looking forward to seeing the results.

Bernard also had some good news to share. He received a terrific review for his book, COLD BLOODED. Way to go, B!!! May it be the first of many great reviews. Another bit of good news is that the audio version of Lynn Viehl’s new book, NIGHTBORN is now 50% off. Grab them while you can.

6 comments to “Feeling Movie Deprived…”

  1. Hi Jordan,

    Thanks for mentioning the Taleist 2012 Self-Publishing Survey.

    You’re right that Survey Monkey does capture IP addresses but the information, if one sought to follow it, comes back to data like “Mosman, Australia” so not much use to us if we were trying to get it to an individual author level really. And I assure you we’re not!

  2. Hey Steven,

    You’re welcome. I think it’s a good the survey is a good thing to do. I really am looking forward to hearing the results.

    As for the Survey Monkey, I wasn’t worried about it. Just thought I’d mention it because some people are weird about that kind of thing. 🙂

  3. Thank you for mentioning the review. It was nice to finally get one to mention. 🙂 That’s interesting you actually will be rearranging chapter placement. I have never considered a revamp like moving whole chapters around. I can understand how doing it would certainly have a huge effect on pacing. You’re steaming on with the YA at the right time. I’ve read around the net that YA is the hot lead to pursue.

  4. Bernard, There will be more reviews coming. Some of us just read a little slower than others. *wg This is especially true when we have required reading to do first. 😉

    Considering that I’ve been working on this YA for over two years, I’m not so sure my motivations are based on ‘what’s hot’. LOL! It’s been so long that my old agent actually looked at a few chapters of a partial. Snort…Sigh. (Another reminder of why you shouldn’t stop in the middle of a project to write another story.)

    As for the chapter re-arranging, that’s happened before, but not quite to this extent and certainly not in this manner. The change in structure came about when I sat down to write the synopsis. I tried writing it the way the book was laid out, but it wasn’t sounding right. So I decided to start over. When I did that, the synopsis fell into place, which was great. Unfortunately, I knew right away that the book wasn’t in the order laid out in the synopsis. The hard part was recognizing that the synopsis was correct and not the book.

    I’m not pulling whole chapters at this point, but I am chopping chunks out of later chapters and adding them to places in the beginning. Once I finish with the first seven chapters, then I’ll look at what’s left to see if it still makes sense or if more cutting needs to be done. I don’t really care as long as it makes the story stronger.

  5. Thanks for clarifying that, Jordan. It’s difficult even to imagine the points of compromise in a plot when the main ingredients are stirred up in such a fashion. You certainly gave me something to ponder. 🙂

  6. Bernard, The main/major plot points haven’t changed…except in position. 😉

    Glad I gave you something to think about. 🙂