The Reluctant Publisher

I’ve been wearing my publisher’s hat for two weeks now.

Editing, fixing the errors my beta readers find, as well as addressing their comments and questions. Formatting. Covers. (Why does it usually take me three covers to get them right. Or at least acceptable?) Front matter. Back matter.

Ahh! Blurb, forgot the blurb again!

And finally pushing the button.

I have now committed Prequel.

This is the result of my Muse (AKA Subconscious) not letting me write further in the final book until I’d figured out how the Home World got to be such a gawd-awful mess in the first place.

Which, when I finally gave up and tried to figure it out, came out in a story. (Of course! How else?) So I’ve got a whole new set of characters running around my head, a map of the capital city, what got messed up in the minor civil war and all the hostile factions that explains how they could be so ill prepared for the invasion that’s going to hit in two years . . .

Whew! Glad that’s over. Now, about this other book—the first in the spin off series—that I was going to get out in paper?  Well, I hadn’t liked the cover, but when it got mentioned on a “horrible covers” site, I decided it was time for a change.

So, keeping that editor’s hat on, back to work . . . and while I’m at it, another run through the manuscript, update the back matter . . .

So here’s the New, Improved cover. And the paper version should be out . . . next week? (Crossing fingers.) If I don’t bork the process . . .  

And go see Death on the Nile while it’s still in theaters. That much utter lusciousness deserves the big screen. And, sigh, shows just how much I have to learn about writing mysteries. All those motives . . .   

11 thoughts on “The Reluctant Publisher

        1. May have to see about taking the spouse to see it then. I’ll admit, it’s hard for me to see Poirot as anyone other than David Suchet.

          His version of Murder on the Oriental Express is an absolute tour de force of the character. I think by the end of his run, the writers understood the character and his themes well enough they were able to work some remarkable renovations of her weaker stories, but with Oriental Express, they used it to distill what made him tick.

  1. My wife and I enjoyed “Death on the Nile” immensely, even if a few of the liberties taken seemed unnecessary. Kenneth Brannagh did an admirable job as Poirot, though I’ll always see David Suchet in my mind’s eye when I think of the character.

    1. David Suchet is like Jeremy Brett (Sherlock Holmes.) That’s who imprinted on me as the character. Suchet did such a good job with the role that while Brannagh is good, Suchet IS Poirot in my mind.

      1. Or Tom Baker as The Doctor. It took a long time for me to come to terms with the actor changes… and in the end, my favorite was Sylvester McCoy. Watching him was like watching Jack Palance or Roddy McDowall; the character he was playing was secondary to how much *fun* he was having doing it.

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