Hello friends, welcome to Last Month Today, a quick update on what’s been going on with my writing.
Before I continue, let me say that the title of this update is, without a doubt, a nod to John Oliver’s multi-Emmy-winning show, ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,’ which airs weekly on HBO. If you’ve never seen the show, I urge you to check it out. It’s funny but deals with serious topics affecting our lives. It’s only 30 minutes a week. Come on, try it, you will like it.
Last Month Today
It’s been over a month since I last wrote to you. Well, it’s been a busy one. Doing my initial edits and working with my editor on my latest book, ‘Retribution,’ takes time. I’m happy to report that we’ve completed the editing, and I’m moving on to the final stages of getting it published.
That means cover design, formatting the manuscript for publication, website updates, and uploading the book for publication. Yes, there is still a lot of work, but the end is in sight. Decades ago, a friend taught me a saying about this stage. I’m down to the ‘short rows,’ an obvious nod to farmers working their fields.
Over the past weekend, I did the initial formatting of the book, which I may need to tweak as I create the cover and put it all together. I also started on the book cover. Sometimes, making the book cover is harder than writing the damn book. I want to find the perfect photo that describes what is inside the book while catching the eye of the potential buyer. If I can’t grab their attention in the first ten seconds, I will lose them as a reader. That’s just a fact in the world of books. I need to make my book stand out from the millions of others my story must compete against.
In closing this issue of ‘Last Month Today,’ I anticipate that ‘Retribution,’ book 6 in my Consortium series, will be available to read within the next thirty days. I’ll make the book available for pre-ordering as soon as I finalize the book cover. Stay tuned.
I know it’s been six months since book 5, ‘Exposure,’ came out, but you know what? My preference is quality over quantity. I hope you do too.
Please send me a note about what you think. I’m always interested in what my readers think of my stories.