The Ooning – release delayed

Inevitable. I finished editing the book, then gave it to a few trusted friends to read. They immediately came back with some fundamental criticism, making it clear it’s not finished. I need to rewrite the first two chapters at least, so I’m not planning on releasing it any time soon. I think it’s unlikely I’ll be putting it out this year.

This is a good thing. I’m under no time pressure, and I’ve got a good publisher for the non-Kindle version, so releasing it in a rough state would be stupid. I’m sorry if you’re waiting to read it, but I’m sure the world will keep turning and I’ll look less stupid as a result of delaying.

It was the eighth copy edit this time, but when I reached the end I wasn’t happy. I know some chunky rewrites and another proof will either finish it or get close to it. I have to be anal about it: if I’m not, who will be?

To quote Michael Crichton: “Books aren’t written – they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.”

In other me-writing news, I’m doing the prep work for a second story based on serial killing. I’m hoping to have this out relatively quickly; you’ll be able to read it here.


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