Aug. 2, 2017 Farisa update

To my mortal embarrassment, I declared in April that Farisa’s Courage was “revision complete”. Hahaha. I suppose that one can take liberties regarding what is revision and what is editing, but… let’s just say that I underestimated the amount of work remaining.

I sent the manuscript out to some beta readers, people whose opinions I trust. I got a sense of where my work stands relative to the field, what elements I should amplify and which I should remove, and what mistakes I made in the original draft. I’ve read quite a few books on editing, from the level of individual words and punctuation marks, up to book-level content editing.

The book, as it stands right now, is good. It’s better than 97% of the titles garnering the coveted six-figure advances and gate-crashing the best-seller lists. The characters are strong; the world is intriguing; the ideas are important. It will leave my readers curious about where I intend to go in the second, third, and Nth books. Still… it’s not the best book that it can be, yet. So, my job isn’t done.

I had hoped to be ready for my second round of beta-reading by this time; it looks more likely that this will take place in September or October.

5 thoughts on “Aug. 2, 2017 Farisa update

    • The series? 7+ books over 20+ years, because I doubt I’ll quit my current career.

      I’m going to spend as much time on the 1st to make it really good. I still see a lot of opportunities for improvement and I’m still getting better at the writing itself, and I probably won’t be ready to release until I stabilize/hit a plateau.

      Debuts are high-stakes affairs, especially if you go with traditional publishing… so as long as I can get better without having to cross that line, I might as well take the opportunity, wait, and make the thing as good as possible. A great 1st book gives you the leverage and opportunity (plus encouragement, contacts, peers, life experience) to make future books even better, whereas a mediocre one can put you behind an 8-ball.

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