….well, it’s chosen but not confirmed so I will leave it unannounced for now. But the book is at the ‘first draft’ stage. We got ‘er done. For the most part, anyway. Still messin’ with some details.
The funny thing is that first draft really doesn’t mean much to us because we really just continue to ‘worry’ the content all the time until we can’t stand looking at it any longer. First draft sort of morphs, evolves or grows over time to yield the semi-final draft.
Semi-final draft we give to others (beta readers) to critique. If they are honest (they rarely are) then we can make improvements rather easily, polish it up, tie a ribbon on it and let her rip. Semi-final draft becomes the beta version after beta readers have had their way, limited as it is, as a rule. When someone does say what they think – in detail – it is a real gift. That can save us a ‘stage’.
After beta version has gone out AGAIN and all changes are finally made, we get to call it Final Draft and publish it. It is interesting to note that ‘completed manuscript’ is not part of our vocabulary and that’s because it is never really done. Not for us. Like a house you built yourself, you keep seeing mistakes and, over time you address them thus making the house (or the book) NEVER EVER REALLY FINISHED.
I am guessing that Sal made a change or two to the first book (electronically, of course, but that shows up immediately in the Kindle version and any later print runs if any later runs are warranted) as late as halfway through 2017. That first book was published in January of 2015. That’s two and half years of tinkering and, if someone told us of yet another typo, Sal would go back in again and fix it. Seriously, a book is never done. Not for us.
Well, CHOOSING could be considered finished if not done. It is finished because we are not worrying it to death. Not at all. It was practically still-born anyway. CHOOSING did not sell. It is NOT a best seller, to say the least. Beyond resuscitation. No hope. Goodbye. A dead polly.
Too bad. I liked CHOOSING, may it rest in peace.
This third book is not yet fully baked, hatched or born. But all the DNA is in order, the limbs are formed and the due date is foreseeable. We can feel the contractions. This little bundle of words will come.
“What is it?”
It’s a cheap B adventure featuring two old fools and setting the reader up for a series of geriatric adventures spread over a Hardy-Geezers-type series. Marvel meets Metamucil. The septuagenarian Jason Bourne and his silver haired biker-chick December Bride kick butt, solve crimes and go to bed early.
“Is it any good?”
Mediocre. Classic cheap B flick kinda thing. NOT good enough to get picked up by Ridley Scott or Tarantino but somewhat in the Thelma and Louise style. If OUR LIFE was a C+ (it was not but I am saying it anyway) and CHOOSING was an F, then GEEZERS is a solid C.
“Should I buy it?”
We are three months away still, tho.