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Cleaning out the writing closet

I've been rather quiet on the blogging front lately. Of course, I've been on a blog tour, hitting several different book blogs, getting the word out about MODEL AGENT, which is quickly turning into my best-received book of the eight novels I have out now. More on the eighth book in a bit.

Last weekend, I started doing some serious edits to the remaining two Obloeron prequels. Of course, Estee was finishing up the first. I managed to get the next two books edited for voice, the second one sent to Estee for a full edit after she sent me the first, and with the exception of ROGUE AGENT and ROYAL SWITCH, I can declare my editing backlog cleaned out. I'm still awaiting beta reader notes on ROYAL SWITCH, but there's no rush on those.

To me, that means I can get ready to start working on new projects.

I start brainstorming Vam Yankees tomorrow.

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In the past few weeks I've also written a couple of short stories, including a horror short story that will be featured in an anthology this November, as well as a baseball flash fiction (500 words) story that will appear on Karen Wojcik Berner's Bibliophilic Blather blog on April 8, which is Opening Day at Fenway Park.

And last but not least... drum roll, please... THE RISE OF THE DARK FALCON, the first Obloeron prequel, is now live on both Kindle and Nook! It's published under the name Sean Sweeney, not John Fitch V. Keep that in mind.

Until next time, happy reading.

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Finished with first draft and other musings

It's been two weeks since my last post, so let's get on with some good news.

On Tuesday evening, I finished the first draft of A Drop To Drink, my debut thriller set for a September 2011 release. I plan on releasing this novel under the name S.M. Sweeney, so please, don't think it's someone else. 

I'm truly happy that the first draft is finally done and dusted. After everything I went through during the course of the first draft, I'm surprised I finished when I did. Now I have to go into Rogue Agent, its sequel, and make a few changes with regard to continuity. I plan on doing that tomorrow.

On Friday, I gave Royal Switch, my second baseball novel, its penultimate read and edit. It's a much stronger book now than it was three months ago, the last time I read it. It's off to a proofreader now, and I have a late May/early June 2011 release slated for that book. The next step is to figure out what to do for a cover.

Now...

As for the first Obloeron prequel, I don't think it will come out for quite a while. If anyone's at fault for that, it's me. I read the first few chapters on Wednesday. I looked through it back in July 2010, and at the time, I thought it was good to go. However, after not looking at that version for six months, I must say that it really needs a lot of work. Lady Estee continues to pound away at it in between her busy schedule, so I'm sure it's turning into a much better novel than it was when I sent it to her. With it not coming out for a while, I don't have to look at the second Obloeron prequel just yet. The delay in Rise of the Dark Falcon's release has knocked The Shadow Looms down on the priority scale.

So what's next on my docket? A little project I like to call Pawston, something I hope to have a little fun with. It's different than anything else I've written. That should keep me occupied until it's time to go through and edit A Drop To Drink in a couple of weeks' time.

And there's a new release coming very soon. Stay tuned.

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The Summer Of Edit

For yours truly, the summer time is the time to clear off the desk and move those pesky projects off the shelf.

That's right: We're in edit mode.

I've edited several projects in the past few weeks, including a harsh edit/re-write of the upcoming Obloeron novel. I've written, edited and submitted a short story for a sci-fi/horror anthology. I've also gone over the Obloeron short stories, and I feel another pass is necessary. I just printed up the baseball thriller manuscript -- it's an inch thick -- and I'll go over that soon. My mind is overwhelmed with editorial projects, and this will just continue the rest of the summer.

I love this.

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Crossing 50K on baseball thriller

I crossed 50,000 words in the baseball thriller project this morning.

Of course, it's a great milestone. I still have a lot of work left to do, though. There is at least, by my estimation, 35,000 words left to tell, give or take a couple of thousand. My goal is 85,000 words, and I'm going to have to use every bit of creativity I possess to make it work. I may have to write up to 90,000 -- an additional 5,000 words -- just to see if I have to cut anything out, and more than likely, I'll have to cut.

Where I am in the story is a funny one, as this part takes place in Massachusetts, my home state. I'm finding it easier to write this section, since I can see it in my mind. Of course, it's easy to write what you know. Writing what you don't know is what makes writing fun.

Eight days until I turn 33.

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So it's a novel now.

I crossed not only the 40,000-word plateau Wednesday, but I also made it to the halfway mark of the minimum goal that I have set for my baseball thriller, Loaded Up. My protagonist has discovered there is something foul afoot, and he has made it his job to dig around -- he's a reporter, so naturally that is what he would do -- and bring to light what is happening behind the scenes, things the public does not normally see. The action is finally going to pick up in the second half of this novel!

Personally, I was worried this would happen. When I wrote out the treatment back in January, I was concerned that the start of this novel would not be thrilling enough for a thriller. After all, a thriller is supposed to put you on your heels, put a reader on the edge of their seats and wonder exactly what is going to happen next. A thriller is supposed to make the reader turn the pages and, at times, scare the crap out of a reader so much that they want to put the book down so they can recover from the shock you just gave them, but they refrain from doing so because they are so riveted to the action that they can't pull away from what the author has written. (Wow, was that a sentence.)

So far, there really isn't much shock value in Loaded Up. It kind of defeats the purpose of calling it a thriller. However, I am being assured that LU is not a traditional thriller, and the story will work. Like I said, the second half of the book is where the action happens. You have to read the first part of the book to find out all the background information. Consider it a 42,000-word prologue. At least that's what I'm considering it to be. Kind of.

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The eBook versions of my novels are selling rather well. So well in fact that I'm planning on lowering the price on the single novels in The Obloeron Trilogy and slapping better covers on them so they are more visibly appealing to the eye. If you were to look at my Amazon.com Author Central page, you will notice there is no cover art for the single novels. I want to change that with something that is going to grab potential readers. I tried to take a few pictures yesterday evening of elements that I thought would have been apropos -- a scenic vista or barren, snowy landscape for Quest For The Chalice, a rolling green landscape for Return To Labergator, a tall mountain for Fall of Myrindar -- but I really only got the scenic vista with a nice sky. Unfortunately, it doesn't really work with what I'm trying to do.

Truthfully, there really are not a lot of fantasy elements in my neck of the woods. More than likely I'm going to have to purchase stock photos -- I really don't want to spend more money than I have to -- and make covers that way.

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Today is Earth Day, so make sure you save the planet and buy eBooks.

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Here we are, a little over two weeks into the first draft of Loaded Up, my baseball thriller novel, and I feel like I'm finally getting into a rhythm. I'm 11-plus chapters in, a little over 34,000 words, and now I'm in the process of twisting the plot the way I intended. This is going to be a fantastic novel to read, I'm sure.

By the way: as of 11:24 p.m. ET, I am three novels sold away from 100 books sold in seven weeks. Well over 80 percent of my books sold in the past seven weeks have been digital copies.

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Baseball thriller is coming along

The weekend has come and gone -- I love barbecued ribs! -- and we've chipped away at Loaded Up, my next novel project. As I write this, I'm sitting at 18,585 words, in the middle of Ch. 7. I figure I'll be done with this chapter by the time I head out to my game this afternoon, and I may have gotten started with Ch. 8, depending on how things go.

If you haven't noticed, I'm taking my time with this project. I'm going at a leisurely pace, because I'm also trying to promote Turning Back The Clock and A Galaxy At War while I'm writing. Trying to find a balance is a tough thing to do, especially for an independent author. Throw in game coverage and the Red Sox on a nightly basis, and there you go. I did write during the Sox game Friday night, which means I can write while the game is on and put a fairly decent amount of words on the screen.

So far, my protagonist has been given the shake by the story's secondary protagonist. He has now discovered something foul is afoot, but he just doesn't know what it is yet (the heart of the mystery!) and he wants to find out. The last line I wrote yesterday was: "I’m going to find out what’s going on, he affirmed." So you know things are going to get better as I go deeper into the story. And I know there is going to be some revisions for the first chapter or so, just to make sure the reader isn't asleep.

He has a big challenge ahead of him, and so do I -- getting this novel to 85,000 words may be a brutal undertaking, but I have to trust to my writing skills and my imagination.

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Once again, if you didn't see my blog post from Friday night, I found A Galaxy At War and my other titles on barnesandnoble.com, and all of my books are at member prices for everyone online. Galaxy, however, is listed at 28 percent off the $14.95 cover price. If you want to scoop up this great book, I suggest hitting barnesandnoble.com and adding it to your virtual shopping cart before that price goes away.

I'm expecting the novels to be available in the iBookstore soon.

And as always, Kindle rocks.

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A brief Thursday night update

Sorry I've been so quiet lately. I've been busy with the new novel, eight days into it. Going slow on it, as baseball season has started. I have to fit writing into the schedule, which now includes promotion and covering a game a day. Today was a good writing day (3,434 words), and the twists are starting to come into play.

The books continue to sell well in both digital and ink and paper form. Would love to sell some more.

That's all I have for you today.

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