I hope your weather is as nice as mine. Warm sunbeam, breeze through the pines, gorgeous day!
I wanted to update you on the final edit and publication of Cowabandon and to let you know what I’m not working on 🤣. The publisher, of course, has been shut down for CoVid reasons and since this one is the first, and last, to be coming in print, I’m stuck. Contractually I can’t go ahead and release an ebook version, so we wait.
And that’s okay for several reasons. At the publisher’s suggestion I submitted my books to a professional writers panel for their review. They were not complimentary. Unfortunately, I agree with them. My books are not well written. I carefully considered each of their critiques and found them all to be accurate. I read A LOT. I know good writing when I read it and mine comes nowhere close in comparison.
I was favorably mentioned in dialogue, character relation, even storyline. I received very low scores in development, description, continuity – the things that “flesh” a book out. I write the basic story and my characters are likable enough, but the books are skeletons.
Their overall take on my writing career is that I “ghost” write for seasoned authors, i.e. make storyline suggestions, write scenes and dialogue – maybe even the occasional short story, but not books of my own.
I’ve been pondering this for weeks. I reread my books and I agree with the experts. I’m not sure where or if I’ll go from here. I’ve enjoyed living in fictional Evansville and I like the people. I might continue on with a short story here every so often.
Anyway, that’s where I’m at and as always, I appreciate how supportive you’ve been. Like with CoVid, we’ll just have to see where the future takes us.
Peace and love, MCC