Progress on The Case of the Angry Artist

Saturday, March 21, 2020
Cozy up with Christian Fiction

In this weekly blog, I usually report on my writing progress. Let’s just say it has been slow. I’m spending too much time on Facebook and too much time on watching news updates about the coronavirus.

I’m also ahead of schedule with The Case of the Angry Artist, the next in my Strong and Wade Mysteries series. I finished the revisions I needed to make after my beta readers read the book. They had a lot of good points!

Next is putting the manuscript through AutoCrit, an editing program, then reading it aloud. Hearing the words as I read them not only highlights typos I’ve made, but also calls attention to awkward sentences. If my tongue stumbles over something as I read it, I try to rephrase whatever it is that’s causing the problem.

I’d love to put this book up for pre-order, but there are a few problems with doing that right now. The biggest is coming up with the book description or, as Dean Wesley Smith calls it, fiction sales copy. I got fairly good at copywriting with my African Violet Club series because I was doing it regularly. Now that I’ve taken a year off from doing anything like that, it feels like starting over again.

Writing a book description is very different from writing the book. The whole idea of selling myself or my work doesn’t come naturally to me. I’ve been working on collecting the descriptions from books in the same genre this week. Hopefully, on Monday, I’ll be able to work out the one for The Case of the Angry Artist.

The other “problem” is that I decided to contract with a cover designer for the covers for this series. While I rather like the cover for Unsafe Harbor, I’ve spent days, maybe weeks, trying to do a similar cover for Angry Artist. I still don’t like what any of my attempts looks like. Rather than spending more time creating a mediocre cover, I thought it would be better to pay someone to do it for me. The cover designer will start working on that the second week in April.

With any luck, I’ll get all the pieces put together so you can pre-order The Case of the Angry Artist by the end of April.

Meanwhile, I’ve joined nineteen other authors in a promotion to give away our Christian Fiction books. In thinking about what we might do to help in these trying times, the obvious answer was give away books to people practicing social distancing by staying at home.

I’ve made Faith, Hope, and Murder, the first book in my Community of Faith Christian mystery series, free for this promotion. It’s been rocketing up the free charts all week. You can get your copy by clicking here.

But hurry! The promo ends Sunday, March 22, 2020.

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