Well, here we are in mid-September ish aaaaaand Practice to Deceive 2: Electric Boogaloo is not edited.
(Also, that’s not the title. Just a little joke.)
Why isn’t it edited? Because life, that’s why.
I was cruising fine until pretty dang recently, but the last couple of weeks have been… let’s just say tumultuous. I’m fine – in the sort of macro, cosmic-level kind of view of ‘fine’ – but events did throw a wrench, or if you will, a spanner in the editing works.
So, sorry, no book this month I expect.
As of tomorrow though I’m re-applying my nose to the grindstone, which if I’m right about grindstones, is gonna hurt. On the plus side, it’ll likely get the editing finished sooner rather than later. Yay!
So here’s what I’m looking at today, as I work on editing Seeing is Deceiving. You can click that to enlarge, although you may spoil yourself a teeny bit, just so you know.
That’s the structure I’ve been working with basically the entire time I’ve been writing this thing.
I tend to write fairly freeform with a bunch of scenes just one after the other. Somewhere along the line with this book (remember, it’s been… a long time) I started to organize it a bit. Partially that was for my own sanity to keep the whole thing in order. That led to dividing it into ‘parts’ and the prologue/epilogue bits. The parts aren’t likely to persist as you see here into the final manuscript, but were mostly for my own brain.
Vaguely/slightly spoiler-ish stuff below.
In broad terms the book’s in two parts: part one is pre-Comic Con, and part two is at Comic Con. That’s the overall structure.
However to keep me sane, I broke down the broad part two into sub-parts.
If you’re not aware, Comic-Con runs from Wednesday through Sunday in July, and that’s why the later parts go from 2 to 5, with a part 2.5 for some reason (I think I may have, somehow, forgotten to add Thursday on first draft??). Each part is a day.
Anyway, what you’re seeing here is editing-and-chaptering in progress.
Editing, for me, is mostly a proofreading exercise – trying to find the typos that a spellchecker won’t always catch, grammar, punctuation and fixing my own personal bugbears in writing, which are many and too OCD-ish to list.
It’s kind of rare I’ll make big changes to the text when I’m editing, but sometimes it happens. Usually any big changes have already been made before I get to this point, which some people think is Very Bad, but whatever, it works for me.
At the same time as going word by word I’m also trying to keep the overall ‘bigger picture’ of the book in my head, so for example trying to make sure there aren’t any loose ends, inconsistencies or major plot holes (oh, there are likely minor ones!). I also try to make sure character ‘voices’ don’t change radically over time, that sort of thing.
‘Chaptering’ is my own word for organizing the book into chapters. I tend to just write and not worry about the length of stuff, and then as I edit, find the natural chapter breaks and divide the book up. Generally I find chapter length doesn’t vary too much, except for when I have a transformation sequence or sex scene… and then things tend to run long. Sometimes really long!
Anyway, as you can see, not that far in. I’m motoring along towards the end of what will likely be Part I in the book, which is about 30K words. Rather crazily, that means there’s about 100K in Part II. Which in itself, is basically the size of your average novel.
I mean, a lot happens, you know. It gets complex. As my stuff tends to do. But there’s fun stuff in there! I mean [redacted] has a drunken seduction scene, it says right there in the outline if you want to go spoil yourself. That’s a good scene. And important for later in the book.
A month ago (by complete coincidence, but time does fly) I posted this to Instagram…
And not long after I sent out a newsletter. Yep, I still send those. Nope, I don’t have a sign-up right now. Yep, I am an idiot.
If you missed either of those, though, here I am again saying it: the actual writing part (which I hear is important) of the sequel to Practice to Deceive… is done.
[pause for thunderous applause, mutters of “Finally” and “What does he want, a medal?”]
Er, but no, the book isn’t out yet.
What’s left to do then?
Editing. Boy, this has been slow. But I am editing, slowly chipping away. I tend to write very much close to final (partly why I’m so slow) but still, it’s been slower than I’d liked. Trying to up the pace.
Formatting, etc etc. Kindle version, PDF version, etc etc blah blah it’s very dull but it does take time.
Cover making. I don’t really want to pay a lot for a cover design, or have the awkward conversations around it so as I’ve done with other books, I’m cover designing myself. Naturally, I’m making it harder than it needs to be. Please ignore the hastily put together mock cover on the just-published-today-page on this site. It’ll be nothing like that.
Publishing. You know, pressing the buttons and doing the thing.
Back in July I was blissfully, stupidly telling myself I’d get allllll of that done in August. HAH! Well, here I am blissfully, stupidly telling myself (and you) that I’m… hoping… to get a bunch of this done before end of September. (This year.)
I mean, compared to the previous, um, near-decade it’s not that long to wait, right?