It’s been about 10 months since I posted on this blog. One of the reasons I created it in the first place was to have a platform to market my new book, Jesus Goes To Hollywood: A Memoir Of Madness. The book is finally done. Well, almost. It’s 99% done. I still need to decide on the cover and check off a few other items on the self-publishing checklist. I should have those done in the next few weeks. Maybe a month. No more than six weeks. Soon.
6 months ago I was sure I would be at the Decatur Book Festival this weekend. The first draft of my book was done. I actually finished the first draft last June. I had a few copies printed and handed them out to people I trusted. I hoped for some honest feedback. I got it, both positive and negative. I made some changes. Even then I knew it needed something more.
This spring I took a narrative non-fiction writing class at the Decatur Writers Studio. I met some new friends and received more feedback. Probably the most important was on my first chapter. It was fractured. It needed to be streamlined. It’s not that there wasn’t a hook, I had the hook. The book starts with me setting my house on fire. Most people don’t typically set their house on fire. As you probably know, I’m not most people.
I also needed a professional book editor. Not only a great writer, I wanted someone with experience in narrative non-fiction. I got lucky. Our writing teacher was both. He helped with the structure of my story. We moved some things around and the book is better for it. He also helped with the basics, like grammar and tenses. I’m not a fan of tenses. In my mind everything is past, present and future.
I planned on moving this blog over to Medium. I was supposed to have that done by now too. Soon.
The best part – I get to start marketing my book. Try to convince people to invest ten or fifteen dollars into buying the e-book or printed version. I look forward to this challenge.