Thursday, September 3, 2009

Thoughtful About . . . Rewrites

Many, many moons ago I started writing a book. Well, it started as a short story, which pivoted around the crucifixion. As I went through college, I kept bringing it out over holidays and summer breaks, writing, writing, writing. I had a hard time writing it when class was in session, because both school and the story were so intense that I couldn't hold both in my little brain;-) But because the first two years of my college focused on the era, I absorbed. Sponged. Took notes. I finally finished the book within a week of my college graduation.

Now, my hubby had spent the past for years working in printing and felt led to start a print shop of his own. Only, he didn't want to print business cards. He wanted to published books. So naturally, we decided that I was the only possible person to use as a guinea pig, lol. Hence why A Stray Drop of Blood was the launching title of WhiteFire Publishing. He has since added other titles to the WFP lineup, learned a lot . . . and I've learned a lot about writing. So. My publisher and I (ahem) have decided it's time to do Stray Drop justice and start over. (Okay, partly because we're running out of hardbacks [woo hoo!] and don't want it to go out of print, so have decided to release a paperback. And since that requires a new ISBN anyway, I might as well improve the book too!)

For my husband, this decision is a lot of logistics, most of them nightmarish. For me, it means going back through a book I love and hacking it to pieces. I love it the way it is. I do. And if the only people to read it were readers, I'd leave it as it is. But I have a lot of writing friends now, and I'm totally embarrassed to let them read my headhopping and adverbs and . . . lol. So I'm going to take a few weeks and "correct" my manuscript. Trim it down. Make it tighter. And, please Lord, improve the story I still adore, which I believe in to the core of my being.

That said, I'm going to need endorsers (already have a few) and influencers (ditto), a new cover design (have a few ideas but lack the skill to do them), and time to work (don't know where I'm gonna pull that from). If anyone is interested in taking on one of the first three slots (or play babysitter, lol), let me know! Cover designer will obviously be paid. Influencers and endorsers will receive a copy of the book and my eternal gratitude. ;-)

You can see info on the book at my website to get an idea of what it's about and if you'd find it interesting.

2 comments:

  1. I'm super excited to read the new and improved Stray Drop. I know it'll take work, but it'll be SO worth it.

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  2. Me too, Ro. The premise is beautiful. Bring it on.

    Mary

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