Finishing a Book

I have written another book. It’s the one I started during the November, 2013 NaNoWriMo competition. I have polished it by checking for grammar errors, spelling, and punctuation. Then went through it looking for better ways of saying things. Now, I am down to adding color, background, descriptions, character development. Then I will do a final pass looking for anything else that I might change to make it better.

My book is about 145 standard pages in Microsoft Word. On Kindle and CreateSpace, it should be around 300 pages.

I’ll be happy to get this one under my belt as I have four others I’ve written that I must edit before I let them go. Unfortunately, as I’ve mentioned before, I agreed to teach too many classes at the local university and my time disappeared. It has taken me three months to edit the novel I wrote in November, and my short story writing has dropped off.

I’ll begin editing the others when I finish this semester.

I have to discipline myself to say no to things that take up my time, but don’t contribute to my writing – teaching is one of those.

A friend of mine told me recently, “I think you can be called prolific. You have published three books and have three more in the works, not to mention your short stories. (He needs to look at the work of Dame Barbara Cartland, who had 722 books, averaging one book every 40 days of her career, or Corín Tellado who wrote over 4,000 novellas. But, I’m not going to tell him that.)

I hope to have the book published this spring or early summer. Its name: Skean Dhu and the Pirates of Blacktom.

Interestingly, I have read that some authors become depressed when they finished a book. I don’t. I can’t wait to plunge into the next project. Come to think of it, maybe that’s why I don’t get depressed. I don’t give my self the time to do that.