Saturday I did a reading and a Q&A at the Westhampton Library in New York. It was a gorgeous day and I didn’t expect much of a crowd as it’s a beach town. But a lot of people attended. Not that it was standing room only, but there were a respectable amount of people. I hate doing these things, but once I’m into it I like it. I wish I could remember that before hand.
My editor called on Friday to say I’d have the edited manuscript back by Tuesday. He also said there wasn’t much to do. That was the case with the first book so I tend to believe him. Still, I didn’t want to see that book so soon. They do everything very fast at Ballantine. I’m going away next week for about five or six days and then looking forward to a vacation in August. By that I mean a vacation right here where I live. But I bet the copy-edited manuscript will wing its way to me sometime in August.
I’m enjoying my freedom now, and not looking forward to having to do anything with TOO DARN HOT.
The reviews in various newspapers and in online magazines are beginning. So far there was only one lousy one where the reviewer went on and on about Hammett and said that I didn’t measure up, and that my PI was no Sam Spade. Really? Why compare me with Hammett in this way? I don’t understand that.
It didn’t bother me because I thought it was so stupid. Bad reviews in newspapers or magazines, or blogs that I respect are a different animal. That certainly can make me feel bad.
As I said in an earlier post, I don’t have a contract for future books in this series. So at this moment I have no plans to start writing in the fall. That may change if a contract is made with Ballantine, or some other publishing house. I hope the latter doesn’t happen. I don’t want to leave my editor.
One thing I didn’t have time to mention during the gruelling days of the final draft, is that Ballantine sent out a new style sheet to all authors. I had to change my font and one couldn’t have two spaces between sentences (as most people my age were taught to do.) So I had to think of that as I went through my revision. And a CD had to accompany the final manuscript. I use a computer and back up on a CD, but what about writers who still use a typewriter? Or those who don’t have a CD drive.
Call me crazy but I don’t like the feel of it. I liked my font and I like two spaces between sentences. But when I write the next book, if it’s for Ballantine, I’ll have to use a font I don’t like. I know it doesn’t sound like much, and I suppose it isn’t, but it annoys me. I’ve never thought of myself as part of the corporate world. What orders are going to come next?