So first things first. My A Shot at Redemption revisions are complete! They took about two months, give or take. In that time, I obliterated a little over 40,000 words or something in the neighborhood of 135 pages. I did it because I thought I had to, print costs being what they are, but it didn’t take long to realize that each careful cut made the manuscript stronger. I am extremely pleased with how it turned out and sorry I didn’t tackle the job a whole lot sooner. The book is now in the copyediting phase. I tend to make a lot of punctuation errors, especially when writing dialogue. I’d like to thank my copyeditor, who I usually call Mom, for taking the time to clean up my mess. Once she’s done, the updated version of the novel will be reformatted and uploaded to Amazon’s Kindle Store. Anyone who purchased the book should be able to download the new version for free. I plan on ramping up my promotion efforts in the coming weeks, which is a perfect segue into my next order of business.
Around Christmas time, I picked up a special edition of the Writer’s Digest Magazine. One of the features was a write up on the best websites for writers. Billed as an “author’s group blog established by authors for authors,” Murder By 4 (MB4) has made Writer’s Digest’s Top 101 for the past six years. Regular contributors to the site include Kim Smith, Dora Machado and Aaron Paul Lazar. However, guest bloggers are often featured as well. They write about their experiences with publishing, editing, marketing, or any part of the creative process. These guest bloggers are encouraged to talk about their own work provided they don’t indulge in “blatant self-promotion.” Even if you have no interest in writing, I think you should check out the Murder By 4 website, especially in mid to late June when Michael Sova and his debut suspense novel A Shot at Redemption will be highlighted. I am thrilled and honored and I’ll pass on more information as soon as I have it.
And finally, I have made some minor changes to michaelsova.com, some visible and others not so much. I’ve removed a few of the text excerpts from A Shot at Redemption, updated the excerpt from chapter 1, and added an audio excerpt kindly recorded by voice over expert and recent interview subject Mark Andrews. I likewise updated my For Writers page and included information on a couple excellent new podcasts, at least for those with any interest in the writing craft. Please feel free to send me an email and let me know what you think. I plan on some additional small changes and would welcome any suggestions you might have. As always, I thank you all for your continued support.
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