Starting Over Again…


I thought this sunset photo from our recent family vacation is fitting for today’s post.

You see, I’m changing publishers, so it’s the end of one day with the anticipation to the start of a new one.

So if you’re a fan or even curious what this means, here’s a quick overview of what’s in store.

Editing.  My new publisher “encouraged” me to go through Tears of Min Brock and do some re-writing.  At first, I was a bit put off by this, not because I think it’s perfect, but because, well, it’s already out in the market.  So while on vacation, I took some time to look inside.  I now see this as an exciting opportunity (that many authors don’t get!) to make the book shine even more.

Now if you’re already a fan, you may be freaking out, thinking: “You’re changing the story?!?!”

Well, no, the story & characters will stay as is, but my writing style will not.  I’m making the book flow & read much easier while at the same time maintaining the epic details I need to convey.  I’m keeping key quotes and phrases, but tweaking dialogue and adding emotional depth.  In fact, I’m finding that the bulk of what I’m revising is in about the first 80 pages, which makes sense because there’s so much backstory I’m trying to interject (i.e., the Dark War, the Oracles, the Only, the whispers, relationships, oppressed society, etc.)

Yes, it’s a lot of work, but I’m very energized by this.  Very energized!

Once I’m done, I’ll send this to the publisher and they’ll rake through it until we’re convinced we have it where we like it.  The goal is to have this published ASAP while at the same time, getting Book II ready to be released (hopefully!) 3 months later.

And since I have the other books done, this delay actually puts the series back on track, so to speak, in allowing me to connect with readers while building momentum.

So there’s the scoop.  Feel free to comment or email me with any questions/suggestions you may have, and I hope you’re as excited as I am!

 

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About J.E. Lowder

I've played bass for Shania Twain, had a black rhino charge me while on safari, and I've been in the Oval Office. In high school, I went backstage to interview groups like Bob Seger, Rush and Kansas, sorta like "Almost Famous" but without Kate Hudson! As an author, I draw from all these experiences (and then some) when crafting my stories. The quote that sums me up the best is by G.K. Chesterton: "Nay, the really sane man know that he has a touch of the madman." I'm married, the father of four wonderful children, and a proud grandfather. I currently live near Nashville, TN where I write, bike and am always on the prowl for adventure and stories. View all posts by J.E. Lowder

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