Once, back in the mid ‘90s I wrote a novel with the premise of a popular TV news anchorman who is kidnapped by a psychopathic couple. It was never published although I had a literary agent pushing it at the time.
I have had five responsible critics who read that original manuscript urge me to “revive” it and publish it now. I must honestly say that I have reviewed that old ms and it is just not good enough for my current readers. While the premise is still good, the writing compared to what I do now is just not worthy of the time of those who read my current work. I appreciate my old critic’s loyalty, but it would require a complete rewrite which is not worth my limited time.
What I am doing now is preparing to do three things. I want to correct the few typos that crept into “Tropical Daze.” (The current edition of the first Jack Steven’s adventure, “Tropical Knights” is now virtually error free.) I also want to begin on a long-term project and that is to record an Audio Book version of “Tropical Knights.”
And, of course, I want to continue to develop my really nice “Hit Man” novel which I hope to have published by this time in 2013. The work on that novel is moving along well and I am pleased with what I have done so far. But it is a full-time enterprise and I can’t devote full time to it right now. I read that there are some authors who can write a novel in two months. I have made myself read some of those, and it is obvious that two months wasn’t enough time to turn out a quality novel. It takes me a year to produce a piece of fiction that I am not ashamed to place in the public book shopping place. I won’t cut the time it takes to do the very best work I can do.