I’m so busy doing the edits and revisions of one of my first novels, The Unmasking, that I wasn’t able to blog yesterday, but please stay tuned for another preview of the book this week on Fiction Friday, in honor of Mardi Gras.
I hope to have The Unmasking online at all your favorite bookstores by Mardi Gras day. Remember, it won’t be a print book because at this time I don’t have the rights to reissue it that way.
Meantime on Friday I’ll show you the artwork on which we based the truly stunning cover designed by Tina McGee, my talented daughter-in-law.
I’m finding a good story and interesting characters cluttered with unnecessary words (particularly adjectives and “thats”), two of the mistakes a beginning novelist often makes. I’m rewriting so many sentences and yes, all the love scenes. How many of these were the result of clunky editing and how many my own writing? In order to know I would have to visit the Popular Culture library at Bowling Green University in Bowling Green, Ohio, where the original manuscript resides, red pencil editing and all, to compare. And in the end, does it matter? Not at all.
I do know I like the revised book so much better now, and I think you’ll like it, too.