Quorum Treaty update
It’s coming folks! The new sci-fi book Quorum Treaty is a little behind schedule. Not by much though, perhaps 6 weeks. Hopefully I can explain why this is and describe the editing process in this Quorum Treaty update.
I have spent the last 4 months editing the Raw Draft. I am two thirds of the way now. At the end of this editing process we will have Draft 1. Then it will be sent to Alice Dengler, my manuscript finesser in the UK, who will work her magic. The process looks like this:
Raw Draft (Glen) -> 1st Draft (Glen) -> 2nd Draft (Alice)
The 2nd Draft will focus more on grammar, readability and story flow. But before we get there, there is many a long night to be had of editing the 1st Draft. I get told often, “do not try and make it perfect”. But gee, doesn’t any author want their work to be the best it can be? That means agonising over small words where it might take an hour for just one sentence to come together. However, some pages just flow fast and you get lucky by knocking over a few pages in 20 minutes.
Once the 2nd Draft is returned from Alice, I will take a quick look over it before sending the manuscript off to an editor. The editor’s role is to clean up the story using a fresh pair of eyes and to get the book ready for publishing. The writing/editing process will be completed like this:
Raw Draft (Glen) -> 1st Draft (Glen) -> 2nd Draft (Alice) -> Final (Professional Editor)
I plan to make up for lost time during the Christmas holiday season. Though I know what you are thinking, “good luck with that!” But actually I find the Rothlisberger family gatherings quite relaxing with plenty of downtime between the eating and drinking. In fact I got a lot of editing done on my recent holiday to Maroochy River in Queensland. Here are some pictures of the campsite we went to a bit farther north. Not a bad place to get inspired…
Quorum Treaty update
Like many authors, I have written a book I would want to read. For each and every writer that means something different. Personally, I like stories that immerse the reader so deeply into a fantasy world that they forget about reality. I do not spend much time trying to explain the mechanics of my sci-fi world; rather I spend more words on developing characters. Moreover, I feel the best storytellers are those who manage to have their fantasy worlds dragged into the vernacular of the real world by readers. For example, nothing would blow my mind more than seeing a quote from one of my characters on a t-shirt – the Divergent Series and Hunger Games quickly come to mind.
That’s it for this Quorum Treaty update – back to editing. I am excited to get the Lore of Energy and Light saga out to science fiction fans in 2018. In the meantime, you can get a taste for the series by reading the Sample Chapter here, or learning about the protagonists here.
Merry Christmas to all, and….May the stars be aligned!