“A Walk in the Park, with Monsters” paperback available

If you’ve always wanted to have Walk in the Park on your bookshelf beside your copy of Lincoln, Fox and the Bad Dog, you can finally make that happen.

If you’re into the self-publishing pipeline, I’ll be uploading the typesetting template that I use for the series. It can save you a lot of time and grief when trying to get your own book reading for print!

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DWWAAM Continues

So… there was a pandemic. It made it a little hard to get things done.

The Dog Who Was Also A Mountain isn’t on track, but it is happening. From a word-count perspective, it’s at around 25% done. And it’s going well. I think.

Anyway, it’s still happening, and judging by the last post I’ll say that it’s running on about a one year delay. That’s not terrible, all things considered.

Here is an adorable pup as compensation:

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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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