Cooking the Books

Typically, cooking the books involves manipulating financial data to inflate a company’s revenue, deflate expenses, and pump up profit, but that’s not the kind of book cooking I’m talking about.

With one book, The Cowboy and the Executive, close to publication and a second book, Wedding at the Happy Valley Motor Inn and Resort, almost ready for beta readers, I’m down to dealing with details. Formatting one while finessing the other.

I’m not adept at multi-tasking. And compartmentalization isn’t my forte. There are so many ways I could screw up. Thank goodness for Rachel Carrera who keeps a close eye on my writing. I have a feeling she keeps a list of ways to get rid of me by writing me into her next book. Poison? Drowning? Death by chocolate? Whichever, it’s sure to be interesting.

Peace, people!

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

16 thoughts on “Cooking the Books”

      1. Sales have been okay…not as good as they were for Mayhem in the first few days, but this book is for a whole different audience, and I’m not sure how to tap into that. As for reviews, it typically takes a few days after they’re written for Amazon to post them. I did get a hint of a review from a blogging acquaintance who was about a third of the way through the book, and he seemed happy with the story. He thought it was “tighter” than Mayhem.

        I’m a nervous wreck!

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    1. Thank you! I have several extremely honest friends who beta read for me. They’ve caught things that surprised me.

      And I self-published through KDP. I’m 64 and didn’t want to go through the whole submission/rejection cycle, even though I felt sure my first book could’ve landed a publisher if I’d just tried. Maybe I’m lying to myself, but it’s gotten great reviews…

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      1. Well, I am a little younger and am going through the submission/rejections. I did have a publisher interested in my book but they wanted over 2,000 to direct me to one of their proofreaders to clean it up. I send in 197 single spaced pages. This summer, I will most likely try to clean it up and publish on AMAZON.

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      2. Good editors are expensive, but there’s still a wide variety of price points. I’d be very leery of a publisher who asked for money up front. In addition to my beta readers I used a freelance editor. She’s not perfect, but she’s helped me understand things like “showing vs. telling” and cutting out unnecessary adverbs and distracting descriptive passages. I believe I’m doing a much better job than I was in the beginning, but I still need an editor to keep me in line.

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