Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Off on Anothr Writing Adventure...

Not having enough to do, she said with tongue firmly planted in cheek, I've decided to put an older, out of print book of mine on Kindle.

Previously, I swore I'd never do it because I hate learning how to do new things to do with formatting etc., because I usually foul things up and have to do it all over, and over, and over. But I kept hearing what great results people were having, how many books they were selling etc.

I have two books that have been sitting dormant with a publisher and at first I thought I'd ask for the rights back, but then I remembered I had another novel with a publisher who has gone out of business (For very good reasons) and I could start with that one.

It took a while to find the book on my computer--it was in a Word Perfect program and I have three versions. When I did locate it, I copied it to Word. When I started looking it over, I realized it needed some major editing. First, because there were some errors that came to surface by just doing the spell and grammar check. Second, once I got into it, I saw it needed some updating with things like computers and phones that aren't attached to a cord, and of course cell-phones. I've only gotten to about Chapter 8 as I write this, so no telling what else I'll run into.

What's interesting about this book, is it began as a Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery--long before I knew it would be a series. And as I kept writing about Tempe in subsequent books she changed. Another thing about this particular story is rather than being a mystery it's more of what I call Christian horror. Horror because it is really scary--with definite Christian elements. It could also be called Supernatural Horror--because it's  full of the supernatural--the scariest kind.

So way back when, I knew it didn't fit with what Tempe had become (it took me several books before I found the first publisher for this series) and so I made some drastic changes beginning with the location of the book. It's still in the foothills of the Sierra, just farther north, above Modesto in an imaginary town. The names and descriptions of the characters changed--though not the two major characters occupations. There are still a lot of similarities which Tempe fans will recognize, but the main theme of the book is much different and I think will appeal to a different audience.

I really need to be writing my next Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel which I've started--but I'm going to finish this project first. I have someone who will format it for me and a cover artist lined up, so I'm committed.

So, if I don't turn up in my usual haunts, you'll know I'm submerged in fixing this scary book for Kindle.



Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Instead of calling it Christian horror, I'm now calling it a supernatural mystery because it is. Getting it ready to debut now.

Lorna Collins - said...

Sounds like fun!

Nancy Lauzon said...

Marilyn, best of luck and we'll see you on the flip side. I will be going off line some time in November to hopefully finish the 3rd draft (notice I didn't say final) of my WIP =)

marja said...

Marilyn, I'm doing the same thing with an old book of mine. I'll be interested to see what you think, and of course, I'll have to read your new book.
Marja McGraw

Morgan Mandel said...

I hate to see you when you have a lot do! You are so amazing, Marilyn!!!

Morgan Mandel

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Great idea putting an out of print book out there!

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

I'm working on another now, but this time I'm sending it to one of my publishers.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

I just noticed I spelled Another wrong in my title. See, that's what happens to you when you go in too many directions.