The good news is… I’m on chapter 31 right now so I’m almost done reading NR 3.
The bad news…
I hate the book.
I’m not happy with what I’ve read so far.
I’ve got just 6-7 Chapters left to finish editing, but I’ve now realized that the page count has gone way over the limit…
It’s exactly 4 pages over!
I have only two limited choices here.
I have to pick wisely or I could be in some serious trouble. I could sell the book at a higher price tag… nearly $12.25 dollars or more just to meet Amazon’s crazy royalty deal, which is extremely low at .87 cents. That’s 2.26 dollars more than the last two books, without tax and shipping costs.
Or cut 92 pages of the third NR book, leaving it at a lower price tag of $9.99 but ending it at a place where all my readers will completely hate me for life… Since I haven’t finished the 4th book, it might still take me years to complete it. Some readers might want to know how it’ll all come to an end. It might be added pressure for me as well. Or I could lose readers and nobody cares at that point what happens to all the characters. It’s a huge risk regardless.
Which makes the 4th book and hopefully my last nearly 470 pages at a price tag of $12.30 dollars, because of Amazon.
Either way, it’s not going to be pretty…
Longer book = higher price tag
Shorter book = lower price tag
It would be nice if I could have a big book at 500 pages, like Stephen King, and have it at a mass paperback book price of say $5 bucks. But that’s not happening anytime soon, unless I get picked up by a traditional publisher.
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!
I’ve got 10-11 more chapters to finish editing for NR and that’s it.
I’ll probably wait until next month or so to print out any of the paperback books.
Take care everyone and have a Happy New Year!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Mine wasn’t bad at all and I got a chance to spend time with the family. For awhile now, I haven’t updated whatsoever. I had taken three weeks off to focus on other things, like the graphic novel and what not.
However, I seriously need to get some things done. I’ll probably do some reading after this post and get back on track to a normal schedule. I still don’t know when I’ll finish the third book of NR. I remember reading nearly all the way through the book. I almost made it to the finish line. It was actually decent enough for me to continue, but I had to go back and revise a few other chapters.
It’s mostly because of clarity and continuity. Something wasn’t meshing right exactly and I’ll have to edit another ten million times before the book’s ready. This will be a quick post for today.
I think I made it to Chapter 37, just reading it to myself in one sitting (in 1 and 1/2 days). There’s only 42 chapters by the way. But there were some things that concerned me greatly at first, which was the pacing and the timeline events.
I was keeping a track of everything I read in a small notebook, especially some of the grammar mistakes I had. I did go over the revisions, but I’ll need to recheck them again to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
I’m saving everything to one document this time, so there’s no multiple files anymore. This way once I upload it to Createspace, I won’t accidentally use the wrong file. Not to mention, I’ve gone back to exercising for an hour or two everyday now. The holidays always has too much good food, so I’m preparing myself for Christmas and watching what I eat. 🙂 I need to lose weight for the holidays. So wish me good luck!
Anyhoo, have a goodnight folks.
It’s about time I get back to writing again.
I reached Chapter 27 and had to take a break. I may continue revising well throughout the night. But I have to go back and finish tweaking several major chapters. So far, rereading chapters 1-27 hasn’t been bad at all, except for some minor issues with backstory.
The backstories just need more work. I still feel like I’m rushing certain parts and I need to be extremely careful not to just skim through. I really do want to get them out of the way, but I don’t want it to become like a chore and suddenly get boring. If I do get bored, I may have to get rid of them completely.
I think certain chapters I’ll have no choice but to add something specific, in order to keep it interesting. I have to say that the dialogue is quite good. However, I’ve noticed I’m not the type of writer who likes to spend so much time on little details. I hate being bogged down with description after description. Other times, I feel like I’m telling way too much.
I hate repeating what a character is wearing over and over again… especially how they look, unless it’s absolutely necessary to the story. I care about the story, not what hairstyle a character has that particular day… Don’t get me wrong! I love writing descriptions when it comes to my favorite main characters. It’s just the minor characters I’m struggling to keep myself entertained with. I don’t want so much focus on them and slow down the entire plot to a snail crawl.
I like keeping a fast pace sometimes. It’s more interesting that way with all the twists and turns. Although, I may have to now and then seriously stop moving so quick to the point that it’s brain overload. Chapter 11 I had to split into two, because it was nearing 20 pages long. Now, some minor characters are more interesting than others. And then, we have the villains. Some villains are also more beloved than others.
I just have to take my time and make them seem as realistic as I can with flaws like everybody else. I think Ch 11 is about 5,000 words or so. Another thing, I’m trying to avoid is repetition, which is a horrible habit of mine. So far, I’ve been watching myself and cutting back on the redundancy. Don’t know how many times I’ve repeated myself in this one post right now.
Let’s see… I’ve got to go back to chapters 11, 12, 24, 25, 26, and 27. There are certain scenes that are kind of vague and I probably should give it another whirl at them. Gotta make them a little longer. It will depend on how I feel.
I have about 15 chapters left to edit and then I’ll go from there.