This is all a new experience for me, writing a novel, so I thought it would be a great idea to share the journey. In the weeks ahead, I plan to write about how the novel is coming along, and what I’m learning about self-publishing and marketing.
So who am I? I’m a fifty-something engineer who has been reading science fiction probably since I learned to read, and always wanted to write it. I’ll write a post sometime soon about my favorite novels, but for now, let’s just say Larry Niven’s Ringworld and The Mote in God’s Eye were two of the books that most intrigued me. After reading just about everything my hometown’s little public library had on the science fiction rack, I continued to search for books like those, and that led me to try to write the kind of book I always had wanted to read.
This particular novel has been kicking around in my head for a few years, starting with just an idea about how to get around the speed-of-light problems, and then developing into an actual story. I don’t want to get into spoilers here, so I’ll try to avoid saying too much about the story itself.
At this point in time, I have just finished the first draft this week. I plan to let it sit for a few weeks, and then go back and revise it (giving me time now for things like starting a blog!), and then submit it to a professional editor, as well as a group of beta readers for their inputs. If you’d like to be a beta reader, I’ll be setting up an email list in the very near future so you can participate.
Well, that’s all for today. I will write more soon, about some of the ideas that went into this novel. Hope to see you then!