I began the second draft today
Today, I'm thirty-one-thousand words into book one, "What the Caged Bird Knows," in a new cosy, soft-boiled "A View From The Balcony Mystery" series, I started on November 1st.
Given the interruptions associated with the community living environment I am in, I didn't know if I'd be able to do this. Everyday is a battle to find a quiet minute to myself. Mostly I write in the middle of the night behind my locked door.
I'm plotting the other three books in the series as I write book one. The release is preset for 1st August 2022.
I hope there will be fountain pen illustrations as chapter headings, but it's really too early to see that far ahead.
Day nine, and it's been a day of amazing progress. I have been reminded of the generosity of spirit of authors, and how many network and assist each other.
Today I made contact with other ethical authors and bloggers.
I chose a launch date for my cozy mystery novel series of the 1st of August and booked that date with a fellow blogger for an interview and online book launch tour. I'll reciprocate and assist in promoting her books as I can see that people who would enjoy my work will also love her writing. That's cross-promotion, and it is how people can succeed by helping each other in an ethical non-spam manner.
My second venture into assisting fellow authors who will in turn assist me is by becoming a beta reader. That is, I am about to read someone's 75,000-word cozy mystery manuscript and comment constructively on it in a way that I hope will assist the work be as successful as possible at the book launch. She will reciprocate when I have my manuscript ready. That's an ideal way to work in business, assisting each other. I love that. Meeting these people was more important to me today than my word count.
If this cozy mystery novel hoomumma is writing works, you know it will be 100% because of my critical eye on the whole process.
Do you reread? If so, which books have you reread the most?
I only reread books I read over fifty years ago and recall I loved them. I figure if they left that good an impression then they are worth reading once more.
Many recently reread books are. Pearl Buck's The Good Earth, A J Cronin's The Keys of The Kingdom, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, The Haunting Of Toby Jugg by Dennis Wheatley (hardly cozies) and Cat among the pigeons by Agatha Christie. Interesting that The Haunting Of Toby Jugg did not scare me as it had when I was fourteen.
I'm not rereading recently read books, as there are too many books on my 'to be read list' to reread stories I vividly recall from a recent read.
If I cannot recall the story, that book did not make a good enough impression to be reread in my opinion.