First I bought editing software - two kinds. This is a good option if you can't afford a professional editor. I looked at their prices, I couldn't then and I can't now. So, after weeks of blurry eyes from looking at the document and more weeks running it through both editors with good results. I uploaded the new files to Amazon.
Everything was fine. Kindle Direct Publishing said so, my editors said so, even my tired eyes said, "Let's do this."
Yesterday an old friend of my gave me a call. "I just finished reading your book", she said. "I loved it", she said. "You need to fix those typos."
Typos? What the hell?
So I take a look on Amazon. "You have unfinished updates."
So I drag out the updated documents (stored electronically, thank God) and carefully upload them again. That was this morning. Again, Amazon says all was successful.
Enough about editing. What's the book about already?
Secret Warriors, Psychic Spies is truth. A story of the U.S. Military's experiment with psychic warfare. Think The Men Who Stare at Goats! But with all fictional content eliminated.
If you're interest in the finished product, click the link below.
Secret Warriors, Psychic Spies
In the time between the first, unsuccessful, editing adventure and now, I've been working on a new book of short stories. Since all the stories in the book are based on dreams I have had, I think I'll call it Dream Walking or Dream Walking in Shorts.
I am pretty proud of the first story in the collection. It's called Outsider and has received Honorable mention in two short story contests.
The first: Glimmer Train Short Story Contest for New Writers- summer 2017
The second: The L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest - December 2017