Paradise Seekers - Edits complete, on to formatting and cover art

on Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I must admit, I'm a bit excited for this.

I've got the edits done. Now I'm just trying to reach my artist (who is a busy man, so it is understandable) and figure out conversion. I also wrote a small amount in Effulgent Corruption, more of a token effort really. I was actually doing well but I had to leave to go to a broomball thing, and then I was so exhausted after I didn't get more written.

At least the edits are done.

My current goal (which kind of depends on my artist) is to have this thing out by Saturday at the latest. I'm also considering printing out cards with whatever art I get to pass out at Conduit, but we'll see if that actually happens.

I'm also close to finally beating Persona 3 after sinking over 50 hours in that dumb game. Just in time for Persona 4, which I bought as a reward for finishing Part 3/Paradise Seeker's edit. Yes, I reward myself by getting things that suck away my free time. I'm not the brightest.

Anyway...again, those who had review copies earlier I would appreciate a review. I would also appreciate it if you would purchase it (and maybe even re-read it) before review; it has seen substantial changes from the original draft, changes for the better. Though this previous edit wasn't as...extensive as the submission edit was, I did catch a plethora of sentence structure errors that should increase the flow of the novel substantially. I also cut down on words during the slower parts to keep the pace a bit faster.

Overall? I still hate editing, but having put this thing aside for a long period of time (It's been nearly a year since I wrote the first draft) has helped my editing a lot. After the submission draft I was convinced it was the worst thing anyone had ever written in the history of writing, and I couldn't understand why I was wasting my time submitting it when it was so awful. I'm a bit more optimistic about it now. I won't say its the best thing I've written, but it certainly is up there.

That's all from me. Expect some ebooking up here shortly! I'm also trying to figure out how to publish on B&N's Nook site, but they keep it so well hidden/buried I can't seem to find it. That or I'm blind, one or the other. I'll have to try a bit harder (and learn to convert things to ePub instead of Mobi...that will be a blast).


William B. Kamffer said...

I've been following your blog for some time and I must say I am excited for you to be taking this step, taking your writing future in your own hands.

BN doesn't seem to link to their PubIt system from the main site. Here's the link you're looking for:

Good luck with this. I wish you great success, but as I'm sure you know, you shouldn't expect fireworks from the off. It takes time to build sales, but if you aren't afraid of a little hard graft, you'll get there sooner or later.


Nathan Major said...

Thanks a bunch! I have a hunch it'll be a slow burn, but I'm not too worried. As long as I earn my $40 back that I paid for the cover art, I'll be content. :P
And I grabbed your first book off Smashwords! I have my Kindle here at work but no cord, so I'm stuck with the PDF until I get home. Digging it so far!
Thanks again for the link.

CNHolmberg said...

Email me a new copy and I'll write a review! Dun have an ereader, so purchasing it is not yet a viable option. ;)

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