Monday, June 3, 2013

His latest book

I had dinner with a group of writers, which is always fun because writers have such a great perspective on just about everything. However, I began to notice that in any conversation with writers, you hear about how they are either finishing a book or in the middle of writing one. Myself included. This rift came to me as I listened.

I hear God is working on a new book. He'd been trying to decide whether to write a historical novel loosely based on real people or science fiction. He settled on a sequel to His first two alternative history books and He promises that this one will complete the trilogy.

So far, He has delivered a thousand pages to his writing group. Their comments were that it had too many characters, conflicting themes, and the main character is two dimensional and needs to be fleshed out. Plus, they questioned what this story was really about and that maybe God had some issues that He wasn't ready to face yet.

God also sent the rough manuscript to His agent. She said the story lacked reader reward and that fans of His earlier work would be confused that He was doing a sequel since the last book ended with the earth being destroyed. Hard to come back after that and still have a plausible plot. Also, His agent complained that the story was negative toward women and reminded Him that women purchase the majority of books.

Despite these complaints, the book is still in it's early stages and His publisher is confident that He can work out the bugs and deliver the final manuscript in time to get the it into the winter catalog as a holiday book.

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