Wouldn’t You Know It?

Barely 5 days after declaring the manuscript for Built for Murder golden I’m getting feedback from a beta reader with a host of excellent comments. It was not something I planned but its happened and now I’ll deal with it. That means I’ll review the edits, the comments, the suggestions, and overall feedback to make the story stronger and easier to read. To do less would lessen the story readers will encounter, and I don’t want that, not at all.

Therefore I’m delaying the publication of BfM for at least 30 days to make sure I can receive and integrate all the new feedback into the manuscript to make it the best it can be. So, right now I’m thinking late May will be when it’s ready for release. If the feedback comes in sooner then I’ll release it sooner.

The good thing is, the book is being self-published so there is no real release date I have to hit to satisfy anyone other than myself. And I believe if I’m happy with the result then readers will be as well.

It’s a disappointment, no doubt about that. The manuscript has been under development for nearly 3 years and I was all ramped up to kick it out the door and see what kind of acceptance it would get. Now that’ll have to wait and I’m hoping the final-final will be even better than the golden version I have right now. So maybe golden-golden version? Or double-gold?

In the meantime, onto finishing Storms on an Opal Sea and the novella Alexiandrölarn.

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Built for Murder Is Now Golden

In software terms I now have the golden master ready for duplication and distribution. It’s the final version ready for customers to read and enjoy. Monday I completed the final chapters live read through to rid those last pesky chapters of any remaining bugs, IE, missing words, extra words, awkward sentences/paragraphs/and story, to make it read as smooth as possible. Tuesday I edited the manuscript with all the changes and am now ready to begin the production stage.

Built for Murder is the best fiction novel I can write at this time.

After decades of technical writing its taken a major shift in styles, approaches, and technique to move to writing fiction. A long learning experience I hope to improve even more as I continue writing.

I’ll be spending the rest of the week doing countless iterations of making the epubs for uploading. That means three different versions as no one can simply accept a standard epub formatted file without some changes to meet the distributors requirements.

Tuesday, April 30 is fast approaching and there’s still a lot of details to iron out. Wish me luck.

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Final Preparations, No Really

I hope to in one week be able to upload the final version of Built for Murder to Amazon, Apple Books, and Smashwords for pre-ordering sales. That is, give or take a day or two if everything works out. Still have some issues to resolve but we’re getting there.

Right now I’m doing a final read through of the manuscript, and by read through I mean I’m reading the text aloud and fixing any problems I find. After all the passes by myself and my dedicated beta-readers I was pretty sure we’d killed them all. But, like cockroaches they seem to survive hostile environments effortlessly. We’re slowly but surely eradicating them one-by-one. And don’t call me Shirley!

I also made a test pass through Amazon and Smashwords to ensure I was up to speed with the publishing process and for those distribution sites it looks fine. Apple Books OTOH refused to recognize my user ID to upload any new material. I can edit any previously uploaded stories just fine, just can’t add anything new to the mix. Guess I need to contact them and find out what’s going on if I want to be ready on the release date.

Beyond that there are numerous other projects being worked on. As previously mentioned, as soon as Built for Murder goes out the door I’ll begin prepping Storms on an Opal Sea to follow. Am also finishing the rewrite of Alexiandrolarn so it can follow Storms out the door later this summer.

Also working hard on Ramble’s book #2, Festival of Murder for a winter release. If I make that date it will be the quickest book I’ve ever written and released, coming in at maybe a year?

Finally, a new Young Hieronymus story called The Will of Sorcery is underway with a follow up already blocked out to write.

Man, it’s nice to have ideas and energy to get writing done. Cross your fingers I can keep this up, assuming my fingers don’t fall off from all the typing.

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Built for Murder Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal: Built for Murder

Here it is, in all it’s glory, the custom cover I commissioned for the first Erich Ramble’s mystery novel.

The process itself was dead simple.

I started by researching mystery covers for the genres I was going to place the book in. I went to the Amazon Kindle store’s mystery section and looked at the top hundred covers for mysteries, thrillers, and others to see what elements were common in the best selling covers. Once I knew that I could move on.

I then went to a place called 99Designs and started searching for designers. There I had two choices, option number 1 is to run a contest for several designers, choose a winning design and work with the designer to finalize it. I liked the idea of a contest but chose option number two instead.

In option number two, I looked over the work of several designers and chose one directly which produced work that best matched the cover style I was looking for. Near the top of the list I found designer L1Graphics. I sent them the background information they needed to start the cover based on my research and waited.

The initial cover was everything I could have hoped for albeit a bit heavy on red, which I thought was too bloody for the novel itself. People get killed but in more tasteful ways. Worked with L1Graphics on color changes and ended up with the perfect cover. It really reflects the Austin area, my idea of Erich, and the tone I wanted the cover to have. It should also look right at home in the popular ebook lists should it make it that far.

Thx to L1Graphics at 99Designs for their great work, cooperative attitude, and fast turnaround. I will definitely be using them in future projects.

So, what do you think? Does it work for you?

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