The diligent author (that’s me, btw) works hard to ensure all the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed and there are no plot gaps or loose ends, before sending his or her precious work off to the copyeditor. The copyeditor, not understanding the care and attention lavished on this particular manuscript sits down to find many of all of those things. That is to say, I have book 4 of The Modest Proposal Institute: War of the Institutes back from the editor and I’ve worked most of today fixing up everything the editor spotted and I didn’t. I’ll be lucky to finish before tomorrow night.

After today, I’ve decided the only part of writing I actually like is the first three chapters of a brand new book. Everything after that is hard work or, like marketing, just plain dull. Still, the important part is I have my masterpiece back and I’m working on the changes. The schedule is still not ‘broken’. Bent, perhaps, but not broken. Mid-May is still the publishing date, provided all the other people in the process are available and deliver on time — as they have done in the past. For those of you waiting, I hope that gives you hope. For those who haven’t yet done so, you can check out all my books on my Amazon Author Page.

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The Frustrating Part

The most frustrating part of writing a book is when you hand it over to others to do their ‘thing’ and you’re forced to wait for them to return it with their ‘thing’ done. No matter that you, the author, have procrastinated for days over the weeks of writing, somehow their time is longer than you feel it should be. In my case, it maybe because I fear they procrastinate as much as I do and I don’t approve. My slowness is the ‘working out of the author’s vision’. Their slowness is just laziness.

All of the above is just to say, I haven’t yet received back from the editor my precious manuscript — The Modest Proposal Institute: War of the Institutes. They aren’t actually late. In fact, it’s highly likely the edits will be received on time. It’s just frustrating they aren’t early.

However, my time is being well filled by researching and planning my next book. The plans are coming along nicely. I suspect, the book will be my usual slow production when I do start writing. I’m quicker at planning than writing. Meanwhile, as always, visit my Amazon Author Page and check out all my other books.

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Researching the Next Book

As I wait for my manuscript, The Modest Proposal Institute: War of the Institutes, to return with editorial comments, I’ve been researching for the next book. Researching is a just long word for ‘reading books’.  I’d like a change of pace from a series’s least a series that requires maintaining the characters and story through four sequential books. If I do another series it will be of the kind where there’s a central character that stays the same but the stories are all different.

That said, I’m thinking of a ‘cozy mystery’. I’ve always liked murder mystery stories, Miss Marple is a particular favourite. She reminds me of many of my aunts when I was a kid. They were all nurses and some of that old-fashioned nursing attitude was built right into them. I think it was no accident that Agatha Christie had Miss Marple doing nursing in WW1. My research is supposed to be helping me narrow down the time and place, as well as who my amateur sleuth will be. Maybe, it will. Anything is possible:-)

Meanwhile, while you’re waiting for War of the Institutes to arrive, check out my other books at Paul James’s Amazon Author Page.


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Self-Editing Complete

Still moving forward on The Modest Proposal Institute: War of the Institutes to the extent I’ve now sent the manuscript to a real editor. If you don’t write books you may wonder why I’m claiming this as a great milestone:-) If you do, you’ll know we authors are never sure enough about what we’ve written to send it out to anyone, let alone an actually editor. I’m expecting the edited manuscript back for final corrections around the 14th.

After I make the final corrections or rewrites, the book will go for final proofreading, and final corrections on my part, before publication in early to mid-May. For those of you keeping track, this is pretty well on the schedule I set earlier in the year. If it happens, it will be a modern miracle!

After this book, I’m taking a rest from young adult science fiction and trying my hand at a cozy mystery. I’m hoping it will be a kind of vacation. Only time will tell:-) Meanwhile, for those of you who haven’t already, there’s still time to read books 1 -3, which you can buy at my Amazon Author Page.

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