I contacted my editor and it looks like my manuscript is scheduled to be edited on the first week in March.
In the meantime, I’ve decided to rename the novelette from Flying Home to Tormented Heart, as per my wife’s suggestion.
I was never completely satisfied with the original title Flying Home, that’s why I referred to it as a tentative title in my first post. I asked my wife what she thought of Tortured Heart as the title, she suggested that Tormented Heart might be more appropriate.
I liked it the minute she suggested it … so Tormented Heart it is.
I’ve also been scouring the internet for the right premade cover design and found three that I really like. Now it’s just a matter of deciding which one I think is the best one for this eBook. Fortunately, I have plenty of time to decide, as I wait for the novelette to be edited.
I like to use premade covers for short stories and novelettes because they are much less expensive than custom covers and because I don’t plan on releasing a paperback version of the story at this time. If I were doing both, I would gladly pay extra to get the custom cover I want.
Hopefully, my editor won’t find too many errors in my manuscript, but I never know until I get it back. She’s a great editor and I really value her opinion, so I always take all her changes and suggestions seriously.
If all goes well I hope to release the eBook by the end of March.
Stay tuned my friends.
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I just completed the second draft of my latest short story, Flying Home.
As predicted in a previous post, the word count increased from 10, 000 to over 12,000 words (from about 42 to 52 pages in Microsoft Word). That’ll probable change again by the time I’m through my third draft.
I like the overall flow and suspense of the story but I’m not happy with the ending. I’ve already changed the ending three times and it’s still bugging me.
Usually, when this happens, I let the story sit for a few days (maybe even a week) and see if a new idea comes to me.
If it doesn’t, then I’m going to be miserable until it does. 😦
This cracks me up every time I read it. 🙂
I just completed the first draft of a new short story. I’ve tentatively titled it, Flying Home. It runs about 10, 000 words in the initial draft, but will probably grow by a few thousand words over the next couple of self-edits and rewrites.
If you’re trying to visualize what 10,000 words equate to, think approximately 42 pages in a Microsoft Word Document.
Anyway, my first drafts are always pretty rough. My primary goal in the initial draft is to get the entire story down on paper (so to speak) without worrying about spelling, grammar or sentence structure. I like to focus on all that stuff during the subsequent self-editing process during draft two & three. That’s when I clean up the document by, correcting words that need to be corrected, adding words that need to be added, removing words that need to be removed and filling in gaps in the story that need filling. Piece of cake – Right! 🙂
One interesting note about this story is that it’ll be the first time I use a real location (Northern California) as the background for one of my stories. Until now, all of my stories have taken place in completely fictional locations.
I guess I’ll see how this works out.
Wish me luck.
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