Sunday, May 13, 2007

The Deadline

Hello,

On May 18 I'm sending my editor the manuscript. The Golden Cord, Book One of the Iron Dragon series and a lot of ancillary material will be turned in--via email--Thank God. I didn't know how much other stuff I would have to do, but it's all coming together.

This week I polished off the front flap copy, back cover excerpt, author bio, catalog copy, acknowledgements, dedication, and author check-sheet (a document for the publisher with lots of stuff about the book plus some of what's on the previous list).

The other big thing was rewriting the first page once I received comments from a few excellent critiquers: Brad Beaulieu and Patrick Tracy. Re-doing the first page was a daunting thing for me, but it came out great and I'm really pleased. Page one has to sell the book and the one I had before had to be improved. My editor asked for a change and though I didn't want to face it, he was right. I'm so blessed to have such a great editor.

Now I'm just waiting for a blurb to finish the whole packet. Jean Rabe, a bestselling fantasy author who has read the book is sending it along. I can't wait.

I've met such great people since I got into writing about seven years ago. The journey has been long and if any of you decide to become writers I think you'll really like the other people who also do this crazy thing. Other writers are the only ones who know what it's like. They feel your pain and know what you're going through.

The people around me have given me such amazing support and I am truly thankful. Writing the acknowledgements brought up all sorts of memories about the people who have helped me along the way.

Thank you all so much for being supportive and good luck writing!

Paul

2 comments:

hollymc said...

Congrats! What an exciting moment! I can't wait til the book comes out, dude.

Rachel S. Barth said...

Wow, you are just golden these days, dude. I feel as if I can say "I knew you when. . ." although really, it was only a few short months ago. Mazel Tov! I know all this good stuff is the result of untold hours of hard work on your part.
As for the first page thing, that is so true. When I think about buying a book, I read the first page and then I read one random page in the middle. That's all it takes for me to decide to buy. Your editor is right and you are right to take her advice.