This is the Road Trip Dog again, keeping up the blog while the author works his fingertips to the bone typing. Good thing he bought that new keyboard for the computer a few months ago. If it seems like it has been taking a long time, that's because it has. The author has wisely decided not to give up his day job and has not given up on eating and sleeping, leaving a somewhat limited time to actually write The Roaring Road.
But the good news is, the principal scrivening will be finished today! But that doesn't mean it is ready for publishing yet. Cover art is commissioned and there will be an announcement. Meanwhile other work on the manuscript moves forward. First, a read-through by the author for continuity and to look for areas where the writing needs improving or in some cases, where cuts are necessary to remove parts that are obsolete or were inserted for some reason known only to the author but have turned out to be superfluous. After that, volunteer beta readers will read it and provide their input on what works and what does not work. Author will then make corrections deemed necessary and then an independent editor will work through it to find all those little spelling and grammatical mistakes. Page layout and formatting, and then we must bravely step up to push the button to publish. The author expects to self- publish The Roaring Road. First will be the ebook edition followed quickly by a small print run. Then it is all in the hands and eyes of the readers.
The current work in progress lives in the period 1918-1926 with most of the action happening in 1925-1926. The plan is to keep going with the series through the end of Prohibition and with even moderate success it could become a series through the 1930s and 1940s and - dare I say it - beyond! There are several other projects, some of which have been started in other genres.
Watch this blog - the author may post a scrap or two for our blog readers. Comments welcome!
Road Trip Dog