I just finished rewriting my first novel--again--for the third time. It took me 6 months to completely redo it. I started writing Cooper's Moon in late 1995. How many years ago is that?! This is 2016 (June) and I have just finished my final--dear God I hope it's my final--rewrite.
I plan on releasing it in late summer, 2016. Finally!
Anyway. You get the idea. Writing is a job that takes patience. This was my first novel--not my last. I had written two other novels after Cooper's Moon. .
I also rewrote those novels several times as well.
The moral of this story--don't fall in love with the first thing you write.
1. So Rule One in Writing is: Don't fall in love with what you wrote, BUT don't throw it away either. It might take several rewrites but the sentences and paragraphs and ultimately the story that you created will finally begin to take shape.
You are probably wondering why I rewrote. Was I that diligent? That perceptive? That aware of my own writing deficiencies?
Nope. I had the benefit of the critical eyes of my agent (Tris Coburn of Coburn Literary Management) as well as the patient and honest feedback (sometimes more than I wanted) from my wife, Karyn. She's used to editing. Her role as managing editor of a national magazine helped her deliver the bad news to me on more than one occasion.. Tris and Karyn were both merciless--yet kind--in telling me I had a lot of work to do.
2. Rule Two is: Get an unbiased (maybe even heartless) critic to read what you wrote. You will love what you have written--always! We authors always do. The unbiased--maybe heartless-- critic will give us the real story. Without that kind of feedback you will be venturing out into the maze of uploaded books (maybe as many as 300,000 a year) with no idea of how good (or bad) your book really is.
And....you don't want your readers to be your first critics. They can be unforgiving. Believe me.
Rules 3 and 4 later.
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Blood Moon Rising, Cooper's second in his trilogy, is now out andready for purchase on Amazon or B&N and other bookstores. Says one critic, Tris Coburn, "Coop's a cross between DeMille's Mac McCormack and Connelly's Bosch.
It's even better than the first ~ Cooper gets closer and closer to solving the mystery of his son's disappearance.
One review from Jack Driscoll, award winning author of Lucky Man, Lucky Woman says:
"The novel is so richly cinematic that I read it while simultaneously imagining each of the chapters and scenes playing out on the silver screen... the suspense high-tension from beginning to end."
"Lovers of the genre will find much to keep them engrossed. The author successfully raises tension with gripping descriptions and emotional dialogue,"
I'M THRILLED THAT I JUST RECEIVED THE FINALIST AWARD FOR MY SECOND BOOK, BLOOD MOON RISING.
THE ROYAL PALM LITERARY AWARD IS GIVEN OUT SPARINGLY AND I'M ONE OF THE LUCKY (AND HARD WORKING!) AUTHORS TO BE PROVIDED THIS HONOR.
I FIND THAT THE MORE I WRITE, THE BETTER AND BETTER I GET TO KNOW MY CHARACTERS. I SLEEP WITH THEM.
COOPER IS IN THE BACK SEAT OF MY CAR, DIRECTING ME HERE AND THERE, WITH A WATCHFUL EYE.
RICHIE IS WATCHING MY BACK WHENEVER I NEED HIS HELP.
HUCKSTER CROWE IS RIDING SHOTGUN AS HE MAKES OUR WAY THROUGH THE DEEPEST PART OF THE EVERGLADES
COME MEET MY WACKO CHARACTERS AND SEE WHO YOU LIKE BEST.