Monday, July 8, 2013

The Good Dilemmas

By Rich

The upcoming publication of my science fiction novel, Paradise Not Quite Lost, by Ballot Press still seems like a dream to me. I know I'll have my hands on a printed copy soon enough, but it feels intangible at this moment. Or maybe the word I'm looking for is surreal. A strange phenomenon has popped up since they notified me of publication - the good dilemma. Most of the dilemmas we encounter in our lifetimes don't fall in the positive category. However, when it comes to the release of your first book, they don't seem as bad.

Case in point, editing. Yes, I reconfigured the first four chapters of my novel to focus on the protagonist in the very first sentence, but it wasn't a tedious procedure. In fact, I think I produced a more entertaining and, not to give anything away, sexual beginning for my tale of the wealthy CEO/mercenary and the over-cholestroled megalomaniac he battles. Even edits to remove all the dependent clauses and use of the word 'was' isn't is bad as I thought, even though the 'was' count is astronomical. If anything, the revisions teach what not to do in the next book in the series.

Another recent dilemma deals with cover art. Turns out, the editors at Ballot Press weren't sure of the direction the book cover should take. I listened to their suggestions, provided some of mine, and chuckled to myself. Other people have dilemmas that involve health, money, and general welfare - my problem dealt with finding a suitable cover for my soon-to-be-published book.

I believe other good dilemmas are going to come down the pike. The book launch, promotion, readings, signings where the only attendants are a mouse and his cockroach friend, potential radio and TV interviews - there all waiting for me, and I'm not worried about them. I guess when the accomplishment of your dream is within reach, these dilemmas don't seem as world-shattering. I hope you currently or will face these good dilemmas when your book gets published.

P.S. Mouse and Cockroach at the Bookstore is my next book. Steal the idea and I'll force you to read the next chapter in the 50 Shades series.

Have you encountered any good dilemmas in your writing?


Patricia Stoltey said...

May all your writing dilemmas be good ones, Rich. I've been lucky like that so far....knock on wood.

Lynn said...

Can't come up with any dilemmas right now, but I love that you're so open about the editing process - ensuring that you are a learning author. I admire that! Congratulations and if you give us the book signing dates, I'll come and bring some of the gophers who inhabit my acreage :)

Jane Louise Boursaw said...

Good dilemmas are good. My good dilemma for the day - I have so many awesome writers on my site that it's a challenge to keep all the posts rolled out in a timely manner. Good dilemma.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your forthcoming book! And thanks for the insight into the editing process. I should look at my "was"es.

Joy V. Smith said...

It's a good thing we can mostly focus on one dilemma at a time. Btw, when making changes, double check the whole chapter(s)...

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