Post-beta edit round is finished

I’ve just finished the post-beta editing round of A Walk in the Park, With Monsters. All of the feedback that I received from my beta readers has been incorporated, and I’ve done a full read through. The last step before I start prepping for publication is to physically print the book and do a final pass.

I’m estimating that I’ll have the book available on Amazon in December!

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Beta reader program in full swing

I currently have about ten beta readers working their way through A Walk in the Park, With Monsters. If I end up with 40% who actually read the book and provide feedback, I’ll consider that a win. If you’re interested in participating in the beta reader program, drop me a note at “roland at lincolnfoxandthebaddog.com”

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Progress update: first revision pass

My first revision pass went a lot more quickly than I expected. As I worked through the first draft of the book, I kept a list of things that I needed to “backtrack” when I was finished, i.e. write back into earlier parts of the book so that everything holds together better. It turns out that the themes and items I’d noted to backtrack were already there, for the most part.

Having just read through the book over the last week, I’m pretty happy with it.

The next step is distribution to my “local” beta readers, and then looking for a more widespread beta audience. I’ll post here, and to a couple of other places when the beta program is ready.

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“Transformative Paraphysics” title change

Having reached the end of the first draft of Transformative Paraphysics, and starting to think about the third book in the series, I’ve come to the conclusion that TPOAP just isn’t the right title.  Things look very different on this side of the manuscript than they did on the other side.

I had considered adding a subtitle to Lincoln, Fox and the Bad Dog, but decided against it. However, I think the proposed subtitle works really well for this book. Until I change my mind again then, the new working title of book two is:

A Walk in the Park, With Monsters

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Draft one is finished

I’ve finished the first pass (i.e. main writing) of Transformative Paraphysics. Per the writing process I detailed before, I have to do a few more passes through the book. As I’ve come to the last third of the book, I started to take notes about things that I needed to backtrack into the first part of the story. Themes emerge and change. You think of things that are nice later and need to have support for them throughout the text.

So, on my next pass through the manuscript, I’ll be looking for typos, flow, etc., but also looking to build those items in.

The current word count stands at around 105,000, spread across eighteen chapters. My guess is that all subsequent passes will add between two and five thousand more words.

It feels good to have reached the end of “main writing” as I call it. I don’t even feel tired or sick of it! There’s plenty of time for that in the upcoming revision passes. 😀

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Progress update

Transformative Paraphysics manuscript just hit 55k words, and saw the completion of Chapter 9. The holiday break gave me a lot of time (I started Chapter 8 on 12/23), and I’ve been feeling really creative, so I was able to put down two chapters in as many weeks. Probably not a sustainable pace, but who knows? I’d love to complete the first draft of the manuscript by the end of March!

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Transformative Paraphysics update

I’m about halfway through Chapter 7 of Transformation Paraphysics, and it’s sitting at around 39,000 words. I got some feedback that the chapters felt a bit long. I checked against chapter lengths of some popular novels (good popular, not shit popular), and indeed that was the case. TPOAP chapters are hanging around 6k words a piece, while the mean for the references is in the 4,500 word range. That’s not a lot, but it was enough for one beta reader to notice.

While I’m not going to cut words, I’m going to see if I can move the chapter breaks a bit. I have them set pretty deliberately for certain parts of the story, so it’s going to have to work as a net positive for the reader’s experience.

If you’re interested in being a beta reader for TPOAP, hit the link in the About Me page to send me email.

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TPOAP Chapter 1 is in the can

“In the can” sounds kind of gross, now that we don’t generally put things on film and then into film cans now. So, sorry?

It was kind of a rocky start, but I’ve written the first chapter of Transformative Paraphysics, the next installment in the series. It feels like it’s on the right track. I think some of the stuff is funny. It’s also actiony.

Picking this up for a second book was a little strange and intimidating. I was really happy with the outcome of LFBD, and there was a certain amount of pressure to start this one correctly.

In addition to just making things interesting and compelling from the get-go (moreso than LFBD), you have to make sure that you really establish everything that’s going to be thematic with the entire book in the details you lay down. How do the characters act? What do they say? How does that lay the groundwork for everything that’s going to happen later? It all has to be just right.

Some people do that “just write whatever and edit later” thing. I know that’s the standard advice. But it’s not for me. Even when I try to do that, I’m not really doing that. I edit on the fly, and that’s me, and it works, so I’ll keep doing it.

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Transformative Paraphysics: Back Cover writeup

Because the TPOAP plot synopsis is finished, I feel pretty confident putting this out as the teaser copy for the book:

Magic makes murder super easy and nearly undetectable, so how can the world’s most paranoid and powerful magic users ever get together to agree on anything? They convene in Pittsburgh, where the environmental iron left over from the city’s dark days makes using magic next to impossible. It’s up to Lincoln Baker and friends to protect them from the increasingly nasty creatures that keep popping into existence, while trying not to piss off the Praecants who are about this close to turning everyone into little, smoking bits. Like last time, things start weird and just get weirder. Can Lincoln figure out who is behind the appearance of the creatures and why? Will Fox meet a sentient holster and finally settle down? Will Babd ever eat her kibble?!

Get your fix of applied psychology and magical physics, old gods running around in the bodies of dogs, and intelligent firearms in this wild second installment of the “Lincoln, Fox and the Bad Dog” series.

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