So above is a summary of progress so far.
Yep, just a summary.
Meanwhile, I'm writing brief outlines for the finishing chapters. Makes them much easier to write.
I hope to be done with the writing and the biggest chunk of the correcting by this time next month. Mouser wants to read the entire book, once in it's "this is what I'm gonna upload to Smashwords" format. So he'll be our final set of eyes. Him, and maybe Wraith (although Wraith has his own writing irons in the fire, currently).
In that last read before upload, we'll of course be looking for your overall reaction/enjoyment level, and will also be looking for things that all three of us (me, Perry, 4wd) missed, in terms of typos, misplaced commas and apostrophes, misplaced or missing quotation marks. There won't be very many errors, believe me: Perry and 4wd are thorough
. What I do hope is to catch whatever few rough edges we three might have missed, and I'm looking for review blurbs from those who've read the book (anyone willing to write one -- doesn't have to be long or syrupy; short and honest is fine, though naturally I'll not include a blurb that says "You paid money for this?
", or "Unadulterated rubbish"). Those blurbs will go into the upload to Smashwords, before the Title Page. It'd be nice to have at least two or three blurbs by people who've read the book.
There's a lot of dialogue; relatively less exposition (though there of course is some
). I view exposition like table salt. A little bit can enhance flavor; too much makes for something unpalatable. I believe in showing rather than telling. Show the reader via the character's words and actions. Much more dynamic and satisfying.