Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Letting the book be done...

By W.S. Gager
Please excuse a little bit of blatant self-promotion but my fourth book in the Mitch Malone Mystery Series was released on Friday and I’m still in the mad dash of updating and promoting. A Case of Volatile Deeds even has a hint of romance in the mystery whodunit.

But that isn’t what I want to talk about today. Getting this book out took forever. Most of my books take a year from starting to being released. This one took two years. Granted I had an injury and surgery on my shoulder during that time but for some reason, it took forever for me to let this one go. I just didn't like it and keep rewriting.

I am happy with it now but it wasn’t until the final edits that I could see my angst disappear. What was it about this book? I am not sure but I have a couple of theories and want to know if you ever feel that way. First, I kept adding in plot threads and deleting others. By the end I couldn’t remember what I’d left and what I’d nixed.  It took a lot more editing to make sure the threads were continuous for the ones I left in and no sign of the ones I nixed to confuse readers.

At one point I thought I was done and sent it out to a couple of trusted readers and my critic group. One bit of feedback was they did not like the reason for one of the deaths. Really? I looked at it and had to go back to the major editing mode.  I guess it all worked out. Early reviews (see below) are good.

Did you ever have a book that you weren’t happy with? What did you do?

A Case of Volatile Deeds Blurb: Mitch Malone finally scores a weekend dinner with a cute receptionist, but true to his reporter instincts, an explosion in a high rise office building makes him stand up his date as he runs for an exclusive. Mitch learns that much of what he knows about his date and her work aren’t what they seem. His world continues to twist when the police captain asks for his help and a city hall informant is found floating in the river. Mitch must keep his head down or a cute dog with a knack for finding dead bodies will be sniffing out his corpse.

Mitch finds himself in a battle to the finish not knowing which are the good guys and which are the bad guys (and gals). Just when he figures out one mysterious thread from the tapestry unraveling before him, two more pop up, and the plot twists and turns in surprise after surprise. A don’t—put-it-down-until-the-last-page thriller destined to be on more than one “Best of 2013” lists.”

--Les Edgerton, author of Just Like That, The Bitch, The Rapist and writing books like Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One & Never Lets Them Go.

“A Case of Volatile Deeds by W.S. Gager takes twists and turns at every corner, always keeping you wondering. Mitch Malone is a reporter with a heart and a man of integrity, most of the time. This adventure takes him from cops to FBI agents and on to City Hall. Can Mitch find all the answers to a convoluted and deadly scenario? Trust me, you’ll want to follow this path with him.”
--Marja McGraw, Author of The Bogey Man Mysteries

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1 comment:

Patricia Kiyono said...

I enjoyed your post! It's frustrating when a story takes longer to come out. But I think you're better off this way - your book is the best that it can be, because you weren't willing to let it go until you were certain it was done right. And your readers will appreciate that.