The Rough Draft

If you can't go through it. Go around it.

If you read regular print media they’re constantly pointing out how electronic publishing isn’t doing as well as it has in the past. This may well be true but my personal numbers don’t support this. My print versus ebook sales are .3% to One or one print sale for around every three hundred books sold. In fact the majority of my hard cover sales have been person to person not through Amazon or Createspace and by person to person I mean you hand me cash and I hand you a book.

The writer’s equivalent of four walling.

In every writing endeavour I’ve ever undertaken, there’s always a lot of doom and gloom at how hard it is or how difficult it is to be seen. How do you get your signal to rise above the noise level of social media? I’ll admit, I’m still trying to get a handle on that one but I’m pretty sure the first thing you do is put out a good story and you put it out in as professional a manner as you can which means you hire an editor and you build a team of proof readers and beta readers to help you towards that goal.

I’ve now had two long Skype conversations with my current editor and received sample pages of the current edit of Reliance, my next book. After years of wandering in the desert of film, I know when I’m getting good notes that will only make the book better.

But make no mistake, the onus is on you the writer to take these steps. Nothing i’ve ever written has ever been so good it couldn’t stand another pass with fresh eyes. It’s great to have an ego but don’t let it blind you to good ideas you can claim as your own later… Though speaking of ego, when you Editor tells you he looks forward to working on your story, it’s a nice shot in the arm.

So far Reliance looks good for it’s December release (if not a little sooner).

As always, Devil’s Gambit is available in print and Kindle format on Amazon.

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