Back in February, I mentioned completing the 2nd draft of my manuscript for Incarnation: Wandering Stars Volume One. By now, you’re probably wondering when it’s going to be available for sale. Believe me—I’m asking myself the same thing on a daily basis!
Weeks ago, I began receiving edited copies from my Beta-Readers. With some great feedback, I went immediately to work fixing punctuation, grammar, tense, and all the usual stuff that gets missed when you stare at a computer screen for months-on-end. But I also noticed something else. Between the corrections, behind the comments and suggestions, I saw an opportunity for improvement.
Not just for the story, but for myself as an author.
I could have ignored it, fixed the typos, and moved on with publication. But I don’t want to be that kind of author—someone who just writes the next episode in a series of cheap entertainment. I’m hoping for more. I’m striving to create realistic characters and detailed worlds—where imagination is free to roam. Somewhere readers can get lost and, in the process, discover something about themselves and their own lives.
I’m pushing myself to build an epic saga that will be meaningful to both reader and author.
So, I purchased and read through some educational books on writing in an effort to hone my craft. Hopefully, it will pay off and the extra work will be evident in my writing. Now I’m back to editing and already, I can tell that my eyes have been opened to another level of this art form.
So, when is it going to be ready?
Good question. I’ve stopped mentioning dates because the real answer is: “as soon as possible, and not a moment sooner.” I won’t publish something that I’m not satisfied with. And I’m sure many of you expect nothing less.
Thanks for being patient!