This was the first novel I ever finished. I have been working on it since I was in my twenties. Naturally I have had to make several changes. Last weekend I revised the entire book from start to finish. I think it is a much better book now.
I sent it to my first editor, my younger brother. He did some revision and sent it back. My final editor has it now. While I am waiting, I have photo shopped a cover for the e-book and the paperback. I have have written all the little disclaimers that are traditionally part of a book, determined important search worlds, did my demographic research, and am only waiting for the final edit to be finished. I hope I can get the book up on Amazon by the end of the week, and paper back within a week or so afterward.
As we write, be become attached, to a word, a phrase, a scene. After putting a book on the back burner for a time, getting back to it can cause some serious cringe worthy moments. Even after numerous revisions, a scene is just bad, it doesn’t belong. Don’t be afraid to remove scene and language that takes the story or your characters in a direction you do not want.
I first started writing Teller’s Cove back in the late 80’s. Lots of things have changed since then. Technology, society and most of all myself. I find that situations that caused tension in a scene no longer apply with widespread use of cell phones, the internet and the evolution of male/female relationships.
I could have continued to write the story, setting it in the 1980’s, but opted to update it.this requires a complete re-write. I believe that Teller;s Cove will be a better novel for it. It will be tighter and more edgy..
Wish me luck.
After waiting for years waiting to hear back from agents and publishers, I have decided to e-publish my books and short stories.
Last semester I was accepted into an MBA program and had a good class on marketing. I will attempt to use the skills I learned to promote my fiction works.
The amount of research involved has been staggering. I find the process interesting.
Will keep you informed.
The first book I intend to publish will be a short story anthology with the same name as this blog “Synaptic Overload” by R.W. Van Sant in hopes that they will help reinforce each other in search engine optimization. The stories are fantasy, science fiction and horror, four of which have already been published in various magazines
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It’s been one of those weeks where you have classes to teach, papers to write, editing to get done, résumés to update and sent out.
I’m sorry I neglected you my dearest blog page.
Also, I have been working on a VLog. Don’t get jealous. You know how important to me you are, I just think I need to experience more formats. When I get it ready, I’ll introduce you. You should be great friends.
I would never forget you. No one understands me the way you do or puts up with my insane ranting’s and strange investigations.
Thanks for understanding.
Your creator R W Van Sant