In the Midst of Trying Times
March 20, 2020
I've met some wonderful new people along this journey.
Having joined the Mystery Writers of America and unable to get to their east coast of Florida chapter meetings, an opportunity to be part of a new chapter on our west coast of Florida opened up. The DOA Mystery Writers is made up of seasoned, published authors and I sit among then unseasoned and unpublished learning all I can from them.
Prompted to put my manuscript chapters in a different order, I again tore it apart, restructured it, eliminated characters that cluttered up the story line, and cut the word content down to a better level without disturbing the plot line one bit. It's time to send it to someone professional.
There are many different types of editors. Its best to choose the right one at the right time. First I want my manuscript critiqued from an editor who understands "that good books must have a strong base, like plot intrigue, character engagement and a well paced structure. " Lou Piccolo is the gal I chose. She's in Paris and right in the midst of our trying times. I pray she and her family are safe. I am positive that Lou will recommend areas of rewriting and honestly I look forward to it.
My author friends are encouraging and have shared that while their first published manuscript took them approximately four years, after that they knew what they were doing and subsequent books took only a year. I'm earning my stripes.
It's not over.