Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Just finished editing the manuscript for my FIRST novel

I'm happy to report that I just completed a massive edit of my novel manuscript, successfully wrapping up three solid weeks of uninterrupted work.  The manuscript, entitled Inner Demons, is my first novel.  

I started work on the novel back in 2002, tucking it into the proverbial drawer shortly after finishing it in 2003.  Just as I was putting the finishing touches on the story, I came up with a new idea for the beginning that had a substantial ripple effect throughout the rest of the entire plot.  Reworking the manuscript was too daunting of a prospect to take on, so I let the novel sit until two years ago, when I rediscovered the inspiration to go back to the drawing board--rewriting a significant portion of the story from scratch.

I've made several editorial passes through the updated material--the most recent of which was a massive edit designed to bring the manuscript up to publication quality.  Here's the final tally from my most recent round of edits:

Original Word Count                          134,145
Final Word Count                               112.176
Reduced Word count                          21969
Original Page Count                            523
Final Page Count                                 451
Reduction in Pages                              72

Next step--time to find an agent to help bring Inner Demons to publication!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Starting 2012 off with a bang...or is that a bite?


Happy new year!  I'm pleased to report that my short story, "Infinity Drift," has been accepted for publication in Hungur Magazine, issue #15.

Hungur is a British print magazine that publishes twice annually.  The magazine specializes in creatively blending vampire themes with cutting edge science fiction.  My story is about an isolated crew member who awakens in deep space to discover that something on board is feeding upon the hibernating passengers in stasis on the space craft.

Issue #15 won't be published until November 2012 -- I'll post reminders / updates as that timeframe approaches...

Cover art from several previously published issues of Hungur are displayed below: