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Okay, so now I have to educate myself on how to upload the digital version of The Compass Master to Amazon, even though this e-version isn’t finished yet, or I can choose to let the CreateSpace people do it for me.

Decisions, decisions!

Meanwhile I gotta post something here, but it’s not like I’ve got time to write anything.  So today I’m just gonna give you some reasons why, as a writer, you may find justification for using the F word in your description of a scene.

Also, these photos really eat memory, so I’m posting only a few today and more tomorrow.

Hope you enjoy them.  Or maybe wince or cringe.


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This last one really is so very, very gross.  Oh, F*****!

Panic Time

on September 2, 2011 in Misc 6 Comments »

OMG I feel so STUPID.

I left a quote in The Compass Master that might’ve gotten me in big trouble and I kinda went into a panic over it.

Let me explain.

On Tuesday the proof for The Compass Master arrived in my mail.   Proof is the publisher’s term for a book in its almost final form: bound and with the final cover and text, barring any changes.   So for the first time I saw how my baby is truly gonna look and feel.

Funny thing is, I didn’t get excited. Instead of YIPPEE, THIS IS MY BOOK!  I was more like, Oh, so here at last is The Compass Master.  Damn, I wrote one, big, fat, honkin’ thick book, didn’t I?  523 pages.   I think I got carried away.

Anyway that night I started slowly scanning the text and the next day kept it up on the bus to and from work.  And by scanning I mean making sure the 100 short chapters are all in order, doesn’t look like so much as a paragraph is missing.  I didn’t really read the text ‘cause I’ve been through the whole freakin’ manuscript again and again and again in the last few months, and if I read it again I’ll want to edit and cut stuff out ‘cause I’m never satisfied with anything I write.

But on page 237, for whatever odd reason, my eyes focused on one particular sentence…

“………………………………………,” Paul McCartney kept singing in his head. (WORDS BLANKED OUT DELIBERATELY.  SEE WHY BELOW.

And that’s when I wondered…Um, do I need copyright permission to use Paul’s seven little words?  And more important, why am I so FREAKING STUPID AND DENSE THAT I DIDN’T ASK MYSELF THIS QUESTION BACK IN THE EARLY REVIEW STAGES?

Now as you know I’m a veteran in the copyright permission department.  Did it so I could use in TCM quotes from a book and two stanzas of a Monty Python song.  That took time and money ($100 for Python), I can tell you.  So I already knew how you can quote two lines of poetry without seeking permission.  You can paraphrase from books, within limits, if you give attribution.  But what about songs?

Turns out the law says one thing and music companies say another.

The law basically instructs writers to give attribution (I did this by mentioning McCartney) and keep it to a few words (done).  But music companies are so fanatical about slapping their greedy, controlling hands over everything they possess rights to that they’ll haul even minor authors into court on charges of copyright infringement because the lowly writers dared to quote say, seven measly words from a song.   In one case the court found for the author and ordered the music company to pay his court costs.  But who wants to be sued and go to court?

So I spent a restless night of semi-panic thinking that at this late stage I’d have to pay my publisher CreateSpace about $200 to remove this single sentence.  I contacted them first thing in the morning.

They’re gonna take the sentence out for free.

Well, that was a thank you Jesus and all ye gods moment for me.

And this really and truly should be the final change I’ll make to The Compass Master.  Now Paul McCartney and Northern Lights Music can rest assured that this writer will never ever again quote anything of theirs in print.   No, not ever.

Have a great Labor Day weekend.

I just got the electronic proofs (which I gotta proof) for the interior of The Compass Master.


I mean, I knew my book was long, but it’s something else to find out that this baby is clocking in at 526 pages.  And that ain’t with a large font, folks.

I should add that I wrote this thriller in short chapters, the better to keep the pacing going, so there are 100 chapters plus an epilogue, which means white space at the end of most chapters.  But still… 526 pages?  Really?

One of the first things I did after seeing the proofs was to head for a bookstore over my lunch hour (I was at work) and look through just about every large-ish trade paperback I could find.  Happily big honkin’ historical sagas sag in at around 700 pages.  And The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series was certainly up around 500 in thickish tomes.  Then there are thriller writers like Daniel Silva and James Rollins who write solidly long novels.

Best of all, there’s the “epic fantasy” writer George R. Martin, who I guess is a big name in the genre.  His new hardcover A Dance with Dragons is… wait for it…1050 freaking pages!

And when TCM was in the hands of an agent and being read by a dozen editors (and all the way up to the editor-in-chief at one pub house), I never heard a single complaint about the length of my manuscript.

So I’m starting to feel better about The Compass Master‘s length.  I remind myself that in my last couple read-throughs I edited that baby down by almost a couple thousand words.   It’s a pretty tightly-written story, if I do say so myself, with no scene that can be cut without hurting the plotting.  But I always, always feel as if I can cut a word here, a phrase there.  I’m never content with anything I write because by nature I’m an insecure compulsive rewriter.

Anyway, you know what I’ll be doing for much of this weekend and for the next week or two:  slowly, carefully reading every word of TCM and checking out every one of about a million punctuation marks.  Oh joy.

Also next week I’ll have my first phone consultation with a CreateSpace graphics person about the cover for my book and the art I sent her/him for it.  I’m pretty excited about that.  Will keep you posted.

Have a gorgeous summer weekend, y’all.