Monday, July 7, 2014

A Makeover for That Dame

I'm temporarily retiring That Dame from the market.

It's been nagging at me for a few years now how much I've been neglecting this book. I knew it had errors in it, didn't look too closely to see just how many, and now I'm finally at the breaking point. I need to fix this. Just because something has been written and published, that is no excuse to not improve it. As a reader, nothing takes me out of a story faster than an obvious typo.

I don't have an editor. I don't even have any friends or family who can or will do it for me. Nor do I have a lot of money for hiring one. So, I have to be my own editor. If you've ever written anything, then you might know the blind spots you develop in reading your own writing. Your brain plays tricks and automatically corrects whatever you're reading, because you know what you meant and therefore don't see what's actually on the paper.

Fortunately, That Dame has been completed for about 5 or 6 years now which removes me from it enough to be more objective. I'll be able to polish it with a fresh eye. The hardest part of it (any artist can sympathize) is keeping myself from trying to make it better. I know I'm going to want to add, remove, or rearrange things and I'll have to resist the temptation. Leave it alone. After all, That Dame was never meant to be some complex Pulitzer winning novel. I wrote it for fun and it should be read for fun. Short and sweet, really.

Which leads me to my next conundrum of whether or not this book qualifies as a novel. I actually think when I bring it back to the market, I'm going to market it as a novella instead. But, that's a decision for another day. For now, I have a lot of red marks to make.

That Dame will return to,, and at the same prices.