A big Thank you! and other writing news…

by Doc Coleman on June 26, 2013 · 0 comments

in Novels

After only a week, I’d like to thank everyone who has offered their help towards getting The Perils of Prague ready for publication, especially considering the contact form I used last week didn’t work as expected. I’ve been contacted by eight different people so far who have voiced their willingness lend my project a hand. Some are fellow authors, who are willing to Beta read for me in exchange for having me Beta read their work. A couple are editors who are willing to offer their services if we can come to a compensation agreement that fits their available time and needs. This is exciting for me, but I still have to realize that things can fall through, and I still need a lot of help. I’ve been trying to organize the responses I’ve gotten,  and get in contact with each of them. If you’d like to help out, it still isn’t too late! Just drop me an e-mail, and let me know how you’re willing to help, and what kind of compensation you’d like to have for your services.

If you’d like to help, but you don’t think you have any of the skills I identified as needing in last week’s post, let me know what you can do. Maybe you can help me to compensate someone else for their services.

One person did ask if I had considered crowd funding, like Kickstarter or IndieGoGo to raise the funds I need for editing, cover, layout, and other things. Well, the answer is that I have, but at this point, I don’t think I can reach a big enough audience to actually get a project funded. Not yet. Hopefully the effort to bring this book to print (and e-book) will teach me enough about what I need to do that I can pull off a future crowd funded project. In the meantime, getting a book out will help me build my audience, and maybe I’ll actually make some money to put towards the sequel. Yes, there is a sequel. Did I mention that there are at least six adventures in this series? At least.

I’ve also been making progress in getting my second draft of Perils written. When I posted last Wednesday, the draft was only about 34% complete. Now it is up to 62% and I’ve added several thousand words to the manuscript. I’m also just getting to a section where I know I will have a lot of rewrites. If I can keep up this pace, I should have the second draft finished in a couple of weeks, and I might find that the story has grown to 85 to 90 thousand words or more. Thank you, Magic Spreadsheet!

If you’d like a taste of what Perils is like, I did a reading from the first draft at Balticon 46 that you can listen to. I also did a reading of a different section at Balticon 47, and that recording will be released sometime in the coming weeks. For now, I’ve got to put my nose back to the editing grindstone and see about getting this second draft finished so I have something to send out to my readers.

Thanks again for all your help and support!

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