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Friday, May 13, 2011

No Rules Of Engagement Deadline Set

Since mid February I have been working and re-working my second book.  It has been so much more work than my first book, but it will be a giant leap forward for me as a writer.  With the help of a incredible woman, Jo Murphy, my literary angel helping me by teaching, editing, and encouragement, my second book is going to be incredible.  It's so much smoother, faster and hard hitting than the original rough draft.  I get so excited working on it.  I have truly realized the value, importance and need to have help, and to polish and edit to get the most perfect book you can possibly write.

One of the first critiques of the book suggested putting dates and time tags on the different sections as you go through the book to help keep track of when and where you are for later in the book when they start jumping backwards and forwards in time.  So upon doing this in the re-writing, I had to nail down particular events with an actual date and time.  It is kind of amazing.  Because the rough draft had no dates or times and I wrote about the next great weapon since the atomic bomb coming 76 years after the creation of the nuke.  When the dates were set I was off by one year. 

At one point I had to give a date for the birthday of the main character, an eight year old, troubled kid who is to become the next great military genius.  I just picked September 11, because it's a patriotic date for Americans these days, and Alexander turns 9 in the book on September 11, 2020.  I keep a second word document with facts and descriptions of all the characters in the book so at some future date when I am writing the sequels I can keep everything accurate.  So I wanted to record Alexanders actual birthday on my Cast of Characters sheet.  I took 2020, subtract 9 years and it would be September 11th, 2011, this year!

The thought hit me like a ton of bricks.  Wouldn't it be great if I was able to publish my second book on Smashwords and Amazon on Alexander's Birthday!!  That means getting the re-writing done.  The editing finished.  Cover Art for Smashwords and Amazon done.  I need to build a movie trailer of 30 to 45 seconds for the book.  The Art work and the trailer need to be awesome.  This book is so much better than my first one and I want a cover and trailer that look professional and as hard hitting as the book is going to be.

So the Dead Line is set.  I do have an Artist to help collaborate on the cover art and to help me attempt to draw and color the 1,350 pictures required to make a cartoon movie showing two scenes from the book, the book cover, and some acknowledgements for those who have helped me so much in making the book a reality.  I have a guy who works were I work and has professional Hollywood movie editing software and is going to help put it all together and edit the trailer. 

So the clock is running, the dead line is set, gotta run!!!


J.L. Murphey said...

Awww, you are making me blush! And it's Murphey with an "e." Run? You better hustle!

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