My Novel: Father Figure (Week 11 – Friday, September 15th, 2017) – Sending to Beta Readers Tonight

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Round 1 Edits are complete. I’ve even incorporated a few pieces of feedback on the first two chapters from the beta reading team. I feel sadness over putting the novel on hiatus for two weeks, but the break will give me the energy boost when I return from vacation to power through the next phase. In the meantime, this will be the last Father Figure update until Friday 10/6. For now, I am thrilled to present Father Figure’s weekly status:

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Status:  Friday, September 15, 2017 – Week #11

  • Round 1 Edit – The First Draft
    • All grammar and spelling has been corrected to the best of my ability. I plan to step away for a few weeks and look at it again with a fresh set of eyes, as I know I’ll find a few minor updates once I’m relaxed. Those types of items will be easy to fix in Round 2 Editing.
    • I removed 5% of the pages / content, leaving me at 378 pages and 112K words. I know I have another 5% that will need to be cut to clean up excess wordiness, but I plan to wait until after beta readers have some input before I slash and burn!
    • I corrected 95% of the perspective or point of view (POV) issues that I could find. I’ll fix the remaining ones after receiving beta feedback as depending on whether I keep a few small sections, the POV issues may disappear on their own.
    • Character and setting descriptions have been enhanced and made consistent throughout all chapters.
    • It will be released to a few beta readers this evening!

 

Next Steps: Plan for Next Few Weeks

  • Vacation: 9/17 thru 10/2 – No work to be done on Father Figure.
  • Round 2 Edits (beta feedback incorporation) will occur from 10/3 thru 10/20.

What’s on the author’s mind?

  • I am looking forward to putting this out of my focus for two weeks, but I’m also looking forward to jumping right back in on 10/3 to review beta feedback and begin Round 2 Editing. I hope it only takes 2 to 3 weeks to finish this effort, as I’d like to send it to agents and the publisher in early November, pending how much remaining work I have to do with Watching Glass Shatter, my first novel. I’m really excited to think about this second one coming to a conclusion, but also shocked that it will have taken just under 4 months to dream, write and edit a ~375 page novel.
  • In October, it will be time to start thinking about novel #3. I already have ideas, but I will not let myself work on it until  Watching Glass Shatter is on on the market and the initial 30 days of advertising and sales have occurred. Anyone interested in participating in another poll again to let readers and fans pick the third novel?
  • In November, Book Reviews, Blog Tours and Interviews will be the priority for Watching Glass Shatter, but I will also prepare an outline for novel #3. While Watching Glass Shatter starts to enter normal reader mode, around 12/1, I’d like to start writing again, assuming Father Figure’s edits are complete and in final stage review with the publisher.

 

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Summary of Father Figure (only read if you’re new to the book)

  • One young girl’s need to escape the mundane life she’s grown up in and another young girl’s quest to find her father, unaware of all the circumstances they’ve both been placed in due to decisions and actions occurring nearly 20 years ago and that both women have made in the present. How well do you really know your parents? Do they truly understand you? Can you ever truly escape the past?
  • A contemporary fiction novel set in two time periods with two primary characters:
    • 1998 – Amalia Graeme, about to turn 18, attends college, leaving behind a mother with whom she had a difficult relationship. While Amalia has a boyfriend, Carter, she’s secretly attracted to an older professor, Dr. Jonah West. She begins an affair with him and realizes she must come clean to her boyfriend. After she tells the boyfriend, they have a huge fight and she leaves to find Jonah who she thinks can comfort her. Along the path, she encounters a stranger who will change her life.
    • 2018 – Brianna Porter, 18, who lives in NYC, is struggling with understanding who she is.  She longs to escape her surroundings and leaves for college in Pennsylvania where she begins dating one of her professors, probably looking for a father figure, as she’s never met her real father. Brianna has always accepted her mother’s story that her father was a military man with whom she had a one-night stand, later finding herself pregnant with no way to find him. When Brianna uncovers her mother’s old journal, she learns a shocking secret about her father and stumbles upon a few facts which could completely change the future.

 

About Me
I am a writer. I am have signed a contract for a publisher on my first book, Watching a Glass Shatter. To see more, please check out the website for this novel where you will find the first 3 chapters, character bios and sample quotes.

I am writing my second novel, Father Figure, with plans to finish and submit it to a publisher in November, 2017. As part of the process to engage with my fans and followers, I am publishing a weekly status on the progress of this second book. For a description of this book, check out the post where my friends and followers voted for this book as my second novel.

Beyond these two books, I have a number of short stories, poems and other novels in various shapes and forms. I also read A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, Tags, Awards, Age/Genre/Book Reads and Author Spotlights, as well as the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge.

You can also access my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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45 thoughts on “My Novel: Father Figure (Week 11 – Friday, September 15th, 2017) – Sending to Beta Readers Tonight

    Roda said:
    September 15, 2017 at 1:50 PM

    Clones…you definitely have clones!

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 15, 2017 at 1:50 PM

      I’d say the same for someone who should be sleeping.

      Liked by 1 person

        Roda said:
        September 15, 2017 at 1:52 PM

        No cookies…3 years

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 15, 2017 at 1:53 PM

        Been there. Done that. Bought the cookie box. Thanks.

        Liked by 1 person

        Roda said:
        September 15, 2017 at 1:54 PM

        You are eating preservative filled crap! Those are not cookies!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 15, 2017 at 1:54 PM

        Nah. Wifey sent ’em to me in the mail. Thought you weren’t being fair. 🙂

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        Roda said:
        September 15, 2017 at 1:55 PM

        Nope…

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    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    September 15, 2017 at 2:47 PM

    Awesome!!

    Liked by 1 person

    janieleeds said:
    September 15, 2017 at 2:47 PM

    Congrats on everything! Enjoy your well-deserved vacation! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 15, 2017 at 3:26 PM

      Thank you so much. Hope you have something fun planned.

      Liked by 1 person

        janieleeds said:
        September 15, 2017 at 3:34 PM

        Nothing yet except a football game tomorrow, but that should be fun anyway! Hope you have a great vacation!!

        Liked by 1 person

    melaniemolewriter said:
    September 15, 2017 at 3:35 PM

    Enjoy your holiday 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 15, 2017 at 3:54 PM

      Thanks. I will be starting your book on the plane Sunday. And then we will need to talk about how to help promote it!

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    Noriko said:
    September 15, 2017 at 3:36 PM

    Great work, as always!! Enjoy your much needed vacation😊✨

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 15, 2017 at 3:54 PM

      Thank you. You are up early!

      Liked by 1 person

        Noriko said:
        September 15, 2017 at 3:58 PM

        Uh, nope. I fell asleep on my couch and am about to shut down for another couple of hour’s sleep 😅

        Liked by 1 person

    mistysbookspace said:
    September 15, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    I can’t believe the initial writing of your novel is done. It seems like you just started it yesterday. Congrats on making it this far and enjoy your well deserved vacation.

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    coffeelovingbookoholic said:
    September 15, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    wow, that’s great jay! you definitely deserve your vacation! hope you have a great time! 🤗

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    BrizzleLass said:
    September 15, 2017 at 4:35 PM

    I don’t think I have words for
    1. How proud I am of you
    2. How excited I am for you!
    😁

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    Valerie @ Valerie's Musings said:
    September 15, 2017 at 4:59 PM

    I’m excited for you and how well you’ve done with Father Figure. I cannot wait for Watching Glass Shatter either.

    I hope you have an awesome vacation. By the time you’re back, hopefully my room will be done. 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 15, 2017 at 5:28 PM

      Thank you very much! I might send a few more chapters your way if you have time. No pressure tho. Can’t wait to hear news of the room!

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        Valerie @ Valerie's Musings said:
        September 15, 2017 at 5:33 PM

        It’s no problem if you want to send some more chapters my way. 🙂 I’ve got mostly spotlights/interviews for my next few blog tours so I’ve got time to read more. 🙂

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    Cal's Constant Raving Reviews said:
    September 15, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    Oooooh!!! Best of luck– so exciting it all start to come together 🙂

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    Mel Gutiér said:
    September 15, 2017 at 8:24 PM

    So exciting!

    🙂

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 15, 2017 at 8:57 PM

      Thx. Just sent to a few betas. How’s yours coming along!

      Liked by 1 person

        Mel Gutiér said:
        September 15, 2017 at 8:59 PM

        Coming… I’m very happy I decided to chop it in half. It is working out wonderfully.

        Still have a lot to do. But I’m very excited.

        Have a great vacation! Looking forward to updates!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 15, 2017 at 9:00 PM

        glad to hear there is progress!

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    anne leueen said:
    September 16, 2017 at 3:22 AM

    Enjoy your holiday! You have already done a lot of important work and are entitled to take a break and refresh!

    Liked by 1 person

    jessicarachow said:
    September 16, 2017 at 6:33 AM

    Congrats on everything. I cannot wait until I’m at the point you are. Your quick progress is definitely an inspiration. Can’t wait to read both. Enjoy vacation!!

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    Mischenko said:
    September 16, 2017 at 7:04 AM

    This is so exciting! I do hope you enjoy your vacation and that it’s refreshing for you. Looking forward to reading the book too! What a journey. ❤ Hugs and be safe…

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    Rae Longest said:
    September 16, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    Again, I’m not reading the summaries because I want to fully enjoy the book as a first time read when it comes out and I can purchase it through Amazon. When do you think “Glass” will be out? I will be looking for it.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 16, 2017 at 8:32 AM

      I totally understand. I think it will be mid November, but I should have an update on Monday from the publisher. I will keep you posted — and will definitely have a post announcing it with the cover! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    Rae Longest said:
    September 16, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    Aaaaahhh, a present for my birthday month–Nov. 21st

    Liked by 1 person

    Rae Longest said:
    September 16, 2017 at 8:49 AM

    YAY!!!

    Liked by 1 person

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