If I had all the time in the world to sit down and write, I would have completed this rewrite sooner. Maybe, one day, after gallons of blood, sweat and tears, I will finally be able to afford that privileged life. That being said, I am still incredibly proud of myself for knocking out the second draft of Shady Palms in just under a year. I was reviewing my old blog posts and realized that I completed the first draft on October 16, 2010. If Shady Palms was the only project I was working on, or the only job I had, then I guess I could be called a slacker. However, considering I’m starting two other book projects, still working a day job (err…night shift job that is), plus making time for family and a few hobbies, I think I’m doing all right. I know so many writers who are stuck for years on a book and for a long time I have found myself there as well. I figure if Stephen King did it with Under the Dome, then I can do it with my own humble story as well. I think now that I have finally been through this part of the process a few times it makes it much easier.
“Part VI: Infestation” marks the final section of the book. During this portion of the story, I realized my two final chapters were very different in tone and fall at a later part of the story, so I broke them off and created a small Epilogue. I am passing the final part along to my beta readers and then I’ll give the whole book a final cosmetic pass before I send it off to the editor.
The second draft of the story has swelled to just over 89,025 words and it is 303 digital pages long. The first draft of the story contained approximately 78,750 words, so I added about 10,275 words to this version. Now, I just didn’t add words to add words. When I started the project, my goal was 70,000 words. During the rewrite, I trimmed a lot of fat and hopefully added more muscle to my characters and plot, but I guess I have to wait to hear from the editor before I can say that without any doubt.
As I have stated before, I know this is not the end of the project. There is still a lot of work to do and I still have a stack of aces up my sleeve when it comes to how I want to market the novel. Depending on the publishing route I take after the editor whips the skin off my hide, I know that attending conventions, getting reviews (hopefully favorable one), and doing some interviews are just a small portion of what my chores will entail.
I would love to produce a trailer for the book, and I know that can make people cringe. I’ve seen many bad book trailers on YouTube and I’ve seen some good ones. I think my biggest issues with the bad trailers are the ones when a self-published author writes a lot of wordy text on the screen and then they zoom around on photos that really have nothing to do with the story and all the while, there is some pirated piece of music playing in the background. If I do a trailer, I’m doing it right. I’ll get a few actors, get some custom music composed and film everything in HD. I’ll have somebody provide some narration it and it will be loaded with all the tidbits of sex, gore and intrigue that I believe represent my story. I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.
Thanks for being patient and checking out my blog. I can’t wait for the day you’ll be able to read this story and tell me what you think.