No blog post this week as I have been busy incorporating the (many) suggestions of my fearless (or fearsome) editor. It never ceases to amaze me how perceptive a good editor is, how they can stay focused through 100,000 words, and be able to not only correct grammar or spelling, but follow plot arcs, different character developments, and so much more.
Here are two great errors that I really should be too embarrassed to share, but hey, we’re all friends here, right?
1. One of my characters was very sad and wiped the tears from her ears!
2. Seanchai (my protagonist) left his bow and quiver at the summit of a mountain, snowboarded down to join the battle, and when he entered the fray shot several of the enemy with his bow! Clever guy!
I wrote a while ago a blog post – A Tribute To Editors – and I remain just as in awe today.
Along with the edited manuscript I have received a first sketch of the book cover and an ISBN number. June 12 is my fiftieth birthday – I’m negotiating the launch date for this time, but it might be too close.
It’s beginning to get real and I am so excited. As I blogged a while ago: It Never Gets Old.
Finally…(drumroll)…the title of Book 4 is official:
Sacrificial Flame – Wycaan Master Book 4
Can’t wait to share it with you. Two months to go!
Alon Shalev is the author of the 2013 Eric Hoffer YA Book Award winner, At The Walls of Galbrieth, The First Decree, and Ashbar – Wycaan Master Book 3 – all released by Tourmaline Books. Shalev is also the author of three social justice-themed novels including Unwanted Heroes. He swears there is a connection. More at http://www.alonshalev.com and on Twitter (@elfwriter). Hang out with Alon on Google+