The summer’s half over, and I’m still sitting here with an unfinished draft of Moon Beach Magic. I thought I’d have the first draft finished as a birthday present to myself in May, but once I put the whole thing together I realized that the missing chunks were too big and the draft too drafty.
I’ve been playing with a new sub-plot to add some extra tension and interest to the story and I’m having fun with it. I’ve been traveling a lot and not keeping a regular writing regimen, though, so here’s hoping that some kind of fermentation process is occurring while I’m playing tourist instead of writing.
On one of my airline voyages this summer, I read Anne Tyler’s A Patchwork Planet and nearly wept with envy/lust/awe over how beautifully she pulled everything together for her wonderful characters. I’d like to think that my writing combines elements of both Tyler and Carl Hiaasen. (I am well aware that I could never be mistaken for either of these greats, but I can dream…)
CG Blake in this blog post points out some of the differences between these two authors that might present problems to me as a writer: “A reader would not confuse the covers of a Carl Hiaasen novel and an Anne Tyler novel. One screams out ‘over-the-top’ funny, while the other is quiet and introspective.”
Still, Tyler and Hiaasen both draw fabulously quirky characters and I’d like to think Vince, Lizzie, Ernestine and the rest of Moon Beach’s denizens have enough of their own foibles to endear them to my readers.
This post is about getting down to business, so let me finally do that, starting with this disclosure: I’m not so hot at marketing myself and my writing. I know this is a weak spot for many authors, not just me, so maybe this post will give you a useful idea. You’re welcome.
Since I haven’t miraculously gone viral with Fifty Shades of Just Desserts, I need to get out and do some self-promotion. Here’s a step I’ve taken recently: I’ve made business cards for Just Desserts: Greed. Lust. Death. Tiramisu. I’m really pleased with how they came out. Now I have to figure out how, when and where to give them to people who might be interested.
What do you think?