My own book is next on my reading list.
I’m not vain, or at least I hope I’m not.
The reason I’m reading my own book is because I need to revise it.
It’s been a work in progress for a couple years, and I plan to get it published some time in 2022 or 2023.
It’s called My Little Lie, and was “written” by a character in the second book in my detective series. Therefore, I need to publish it before I can continue to write about Detective Maria Mateo.
My Little Lie is a long book. It’s a sort of literary work about Amy, a girl growing up in the 1960s and ’70s who dreams of becoming a police officer. Her parents are against it, most people in her small town think only men can be cops, and she’s supposed to marry a local boy and settle down on his farm on the Canadian Prairies.
I find it hard to revise, especially when it’s a long book. First, I read and mark things I need to change or write notes about what to add. Then I go over the book again and make changes. Finally, if everything is okay, I edit the details. I kill typos, fix inconsistencies, and make sure people are “in character.”
I don’t know how long this will take, but one thing I do know is pretty much exactly what I want on the cover.