So… I’ve started revising Devil’s Blood. Again.
Anyone who’s been stalking me for a while knows that I’ve already revised the book three times since I self-published in April of 2016. Well, I’m revising again.
I went to a job interview out of state this past week, and I took it for some reading before bed. Helps me relax.
I didn’t even get past the first chapter.
I was utterly disgusted with it – the sudden changes, the repeated sentence structure, the lack of emotional output from Malone, THE TYPO ON THE FIRST PAGE, the too-quick pacing… I informally apologize to all those who read it like that.
Geeze. THIS is why I didn’t land an agent the first time. Because It wasn’t good enough – the writing was subpar. I see that now. (Time will tell, yo.)
In that first draft, I left out a lot of narration because I let someone tell me that narration was bad. I left someone tell me that narration = passive tone = bad writing. Nope. But I had to learn it on my own.
Narration works with action to create a seamless flow in a story, to deliver action and support it with narration, character emotion, and thought, to supplement. Not derail. It’s necessary to understand your characters.
Ha – I’m on chapter 8, and I’ve already added just over 10,000 words. The first chapter got remodeled with about 3,000 of those.
My mom said it was better – more narration to supplement the action. One thing reviews and betas commented on was that Malone didn’t show much emotion – readers didn’t feel a connection to her.
I’m hoping to have solved that. This time, I’ll hire a proper editor before I publish the fourth revision – I’ll have to have another cover made, because I’ve added too many pages for the current cover to work, unless I make the font like a 8 point. (Tiny.)
I’m also thinking of going with IngramSpark to have access to a hardback edition, too. There’s just something comforting about holding a hardback book in your hands, feeling the weight of it – it feels like I’m reading something special.
I mean, when I’m looking for a new book to read, I’m much more apt to pick the hardback copy than the softback. Personally, I hate when softback covers start to curve. Bleh.
I’ll keep y’all updated. I’ll host a giveaway or something when it’s finished.