Book 3: Rival Institutes

Book 3 of The Modest Proposal Institute is back from the Content Editor with lots of suggestions. I’ve started working on them, even as I write this. With luck, it should go back for proofreading and final review early this coming week and be ready to publish in the third week of September.

Book 3’s cover is also almost complete. I’ve sent back my final comments to the talented illustrator, Rebeca, so I should have the finished files in the next few days.

When these two pieces come together, the Formatter will add the final touches. I think all this gets easier with every new book.

In other news, I’ve reduced the ebook edition of Book 1: A New Path to an Old Future to $0.99, so if  you haven’t yet bought your copy now’s the time to do it.

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Now With An Editor

Book 3, Rival Institutes, of The Modest Proposal Institute is now with an editor.

Hallelujah!!!

By which I mean, I’m ecstatic that it’s no longer with me and therefore, for about 2 – 3 weeks, I can think of something else. Like the title, which I’ve now done (I think), and the cover, which is being developed even as I write this, and the blurb (ugh), which I have yet to start. I think a really strong cup of tea may help with that.

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Almost Done!

Today I will finish the as yet untitled book 3 of The Modest Proposal Institute and send it to the editor. Today I will finish…

If I say it often enough, it will happen — I think, I hope.

For this author, all books are a struggle. I’m definitely a better reader of books than a writer of them. By the time I’ve gotten the book into something that looks and reads like a book, I’ve lost the plot entirely, if you know what I mean. By the time it’s done, I can’t remember why I even thought this was a story worth telling. I’m assured all book writers feel this way and maybe they do, I just know I feel it worse:-) Anyhow, today I will finish…  Maybe I need a nice cup of tea.

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Editing!@#

I don’t like editing! I write for months, adding a thousand words per day to my ‘masterpiece’ and then edit for weeks, removing a thousand words per day from my first draft, which it turns out isn’t a masterpiece. I’m lucky if, at the end of the process, I have any words left to tell the story.

Anyhow, The Modest Proposal Institute, book 3, still without a title is fast taking shape, though what shape it will be in when it’s finished I can’t tell at this moment. If any of you want to read book 2, No More Empires, however, you can find it here.

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Back From Vacation (Sadly)

There’s a feeling of letdown when you finish a vacation, even when you don’t have to go back to work. And even when you’ve been thinking it was time to end the vacation and get back home!

I did work on Book 3 of The Modest Proposal Institute when I was vacationing so progress wasn’t entirely slowed. And I have a date for it to go to the editor, which is always scary. Scary because I’m never happy with the book as it is when it goes out. I find books are best left just for the author, me, to read. That way I can change them every time a new idea pops into my head.

However, the having a date scheduled with an editor does concentrate the mind and place some necessary decision-making on the author. Ideas from this point on have to be saved for Books 4 and 5. All this is a long-winded way of saying, I have to get back to writing — right now!

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