Whored Out

After what feels like a very long time in coming, tonight I get to tell you for the first time that Whored Out is officially available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords for immediate download to your e-reader, phone, or computer.

I know you’re all ready for tease, so here it is:

Whored Out Cover Art

Dana had a plan. Get good grades in school. Get a job. Meet a nice boy. Get married. Live happily ever after. It was the same fairy tail plan millions of other young women get stuck in their heads every year. It works out for some of them, but for others the fairy tail dream can turn into a nightmare almost overnight.

 Most people never realize how close to the edge they’ve built their life. After her husband’s freak accident, with bills piling up, Dana makes it her mission in life to make ends meet without him ever finding out where the money really came from. When he finds out, there’s hell to pay – and no end to customers who are willing to pay for the opportunity to spend an hour with Dana.

 A mere 24 hours changed everything Dana thought she knew about who she was, what she wanted, and how life was supposed to turn out. It also showed her a side of herself that she didn’t even know was there.

II hope you’ll take a few seconds and check out a sample for yourself… and if you like it, please remember that your ratings and reviews help writers like me sell books and keep this whole machine running.

Almost

I hoped I’d be able to long in tonight and make an announcement. Unfortunately, one of the “Big Three” ebook retailers is dragging their feet on letting Whored Out go live on their site. At least that means we’re almost there. Even better, it means I’ve done everything I can do as a writer, editor, and chief cook and bottle washer. I’ve delivered my product to the retailers and all I can do now is let them do their thing.

If this one of three is still hung up on Thursday, I’ll announce the other two, post the links, and then play catch up announcing the 3rd later. Now in the meantime, if you were to happen to click over to Barnes & Noble or Smashwords and search for something like “edward daniels whored out,” there’s a good chance you’d be among the first to have your very own copy.

I could tell you some story about already having my next idea, doing some outlining, or even having a clue what’s going to come next, but it really would be just a story at this point. The truth is, I have no idea yet what’s next. Tonight I’m just going to be happy being “almost” there on the short story that’s taken me the longest of any to get right. I have no idea if it means anything or not, but this one was real work. If nothing else, I have a hunch it made me a better writer for the workout. It’s hard to want more than that.

Out for a Read

Late Saturday night I handed off Whored Out and asked the first reader to give it a good going over. No feedback yet, but it at least means that a final version of this story is sone step closer. It feels like I’ve been working on it for a long, long time now. Compared to some of the others it has been a long time. Writing in the summer when there’s so many competing things to do is just harder for me that writing during the winter. As much as I like this temperate weather, I’m looking forward to the fall because there are a few projects I’ve been sitting on until I know I’ll give them the attention they deserve.

I guess that’s the point of this post – I’m starting to look past the (hopefully) soon to be announced arrival of the final draft of Whored Out towards other things. Like everyone else, there’s always more to do than time in which to do it, but I’m honestly excited about getting a few months when there’s just a little bit more time in the day when I don’t feel like I’m missing some outdoor activity.

While others have the responsibility for doing the heavy lifting on Whored Out, my plan this week is to start working on the front and back matter and designing the cover. Another week or ten days and we might just have something new here for everyone to read.

The Last 3000

As promised, I’m making progress. I’m down to the first editorial pass through the last 3000 words of whored out. If I don’t get distracted by a squirrel or something I should be able to have that done in the next day or two. Then I’ll ship it off to my draft readers. Then I’ll do another editorial scrub, work up chapter titles, design the cover, and upload the whole mess into the retail marketplace for millions of people to enjoy. By millions of course, I’m hoping for at least dozens. Really, being an amateur at all this, I’m just pleased as punch when anyone picks up one of my stories and enjoys it. Hard as it is to believe, that’s enough to make all the work worth the effort – even if I can’t feed the family with personal enjoyment.

I won’t trouble you with the details of my editing process – or maybe I’ll save those for another post. Tonight really was about stopping in here long enough to let everyone know that I’m still here and still have my nose to the grindstone. Check back Monday when I hope I can tell you that I have a complete edited version of the draft. Now lets all keep a happy thought that I avoid the temptation to get distracted by things that are more fun than editing (which is basically everything).

If You Missed Me

If you’re a regular reader you might have noticed that Thursday’s scheduled post never made it to the site. I’d like to blame some technical glitch, but the fact is I was just out and about with the family and didn’t get around to it. By the time I realized I’d missed it getting out of bed and posting didn’t feel like a good idea at all. Sorry about that.

As you can see, it’s a new week and I’m back at the keyboard. I’ve done the first attempt at editing for about half of Whored Out now. By the end of this week, I’m expecting to have it to a place where I can send it out to one or two trusted readers who are always happy to get the “first taste” and point out my continuity issues, plot failures, and brutalization of the English language. I love them for that.

My internal calendar was targeting the end of August to be ready for publication, but as you’re reading this on September 1st, you can well imagine that I’m behind schedule. That seems to be the life of a writer. Something is always behind schedule. I’m coming to terms with that and it doesn’t bother be nearly as much as it did. Put another way, I’ve been doing this long enough now not to bother pulling all nighters just to meet self imposed deadlines. I’m sure my day job appreciates the less zombie-fied Ed.

It’s a holiday here in the States, but since most of my big plans for the weekend are out of the way, I think I may be able to sneak in an hour or two of editorial time this afternoon before I need to fire up the grill. I don’t imagine I’ll get it to the end today, but I’ll take a big bite out of it. It’s good to be home and back to “business.”

The Opposite of Fast and Sloppy

Remember in my last post I was commenting on how much I hated editing? Yeah. I still hate it. It makes my eyes want to bleed. It’s safe to say it’s not going as quickly as I hoped it would. That’s probably for the best. Fast editing makes for sloppy editing. I’m sure someone famous said that. If they didn’t, they should have because it happens to be true. Consistency of effort is good, but speeding through it is likely to cause more trouble than it’s worth.

That’s my excuse for not getting through the editing as quickly as I wanted to. If I’m honest, it’s going to need a second go through as I’ve found some inconsistencies that I’ll have to address before it gets out to the “masses.” Such is life. Or at least the life of those of us who aspire to life with the written word.

It’s getting there. Slow and steady. It’s not the breakneck pace I set three years ago, but it’s still a pace. I keep telling myself that’s the important part. I hope I’m right about that.