Rosalind eBook Free Promotion

It’s that time again! Rosalind, the eBook version, will be available for free download 1-17 until 1-21. The eBook version is different from the print version in that there is more content/alternate ending in the print version.

I call the eBook the sad version. The print version is a much happier ending that is more inline with the next book in the series, Maggie.

You can pick up the free copy starting January 17, 2017 at

 

The print version can be purchased at the same link by clicking on the Paperback option.

For a limited time only, I am selling signed copies. Please email me at abbypaden72@gmail.com for more information on how to get this limited time only deal!

-Abby

 

 

The Five Phases of Writing a Novel

(From my experience)

Phase One: You’ve got the idea and you charge right in, saying ‘fuck it’ to the outline or the character development because you read a Stephen King book on writing that told you to let the characters talk to you, not the other way around. You get half the book done and you’re feeling good.

Phase Two: You spend most of your time trying your best not to go back and edit the first half of the book, while the rest of the time you stare at a chapter heading with no text under it. You often contemplate quitting the book because, hey, if you aren’t interested anymore, and the characters stopped talking to you, why bother?

Phase Three: You get your fifteenth wind after three weeks of analyzing your chapter heading and, again, saying ‘fuck it. if my main character won’t talk to me, I’ll fuck his/her world up and see what he/she has to say then.’

Phase Four: You complete your story which is followed by thoughts of suicide, emptiness, inferiority..deathly afraid to show anyone this mess you call a novel.

Phase Five: After a few weeks, you regain your confidence, send your manuscript to the editor, make the changes requested, and then, when all of your feelings of accomplishment and success threaten to overwhelm you, you close Word, close your laptop, step outside, and realize that none of your neighbors know who you are, let alone that you’ve just written a novel.

Cheers.

Rosalind

Well, it’s finally happening. After many years, I am pleased to announce that Rosalind will be hitting the printing press.

With new illustrations inside, a new cover, and a completely edited version of the original novel, readers will be able to follow the journey of Rosalind once again.

I like eBooks, but, honestly, nothing beats the feel of a real book in my hands. I can’t wait hold my own novel.

I don’t have any details about pricing or anything like that, but I can assure you it won’t be terribly high.

I am waiting on the final edit to come back, and talking with my artist on how we can bring the novel to life through the cover.

More updates to come!

Update: Maggie

Maggie is the most frustrating character I’ve ever written. Her story has been in my mind for nine years. Nine years. And if you do the math, you will realize that she has been around longer than her mother. Strange progression.

As I’ve said in previous posts, I’ve amassed around 700 pages of her story that are, quite frankly, unusable. Her story never meshed. I didn’t like her in any version. I loved her mother vehemently, but Rosalind was not a complex character. Maggie is. Perhaps it was a flaw in my writing (probably), but Rosalind came out pretty two-dimensional. But, in retrospect, I wanted her to be that way. I needed a character who was less than herself, a ghost of who she was and who she could be. I think I accomplished that, but some have disagreed.

With Maggie, it’s different. She is complex. She has many dimensions to her. Yesterday, I sat at the computer with tears of frustration in my eyes thinking, “What the hell am I going to do?”

I didn’t do anything. I went to bed, grabbed a book, read a little, and then tried to fall asleep.

But something happened. There has been a certain aspect of Maggie’s life that I could never quite figure out how to manage, and that was how to get her back to Whispering Pines in a way that didn’t reek of plot device or copping out, and how to make her leave her husband. I needed it to be genuine.

Recent events provided me a way.

Without giving too much away, Maggie doesn’t leave her husband and run away to Whispering Pines; her boyfriend goes back to his wife and leaves Maggie in a city that she can’t bear to look at anymore.

Another aspect of the story that I had difficulty with is that, in every version so far, she has been infertile. I tried making Jack leave her for that, but it seemed too cold; too callous. I tried making him infertile, but in those versions, she had loved Jack since college. They could always adopt!

And then it came to me: It’s easier to write men in a scenario like this.

I switched gears. Maggie has no problem getting pregnant. Jack has no problem getting her pregnant. Moral of the story? Maggie is pregnant. Another solid reason for a douchebag like Jack to send her away so she couldn’t threaten his reconciliation with his wife.

It sounds like I am giving away the story, but I’m really not. There is a lot more to this than I will ever explain in a blog.

But, the moral of my story is that my writer’s block is over. My Maggie writer’s block is over.

As I’ve said in previous posts, I wrote the first 80 pages of Rosalind in one sitting. I didn’t come close to that today, but I did accomplish two things: I found her a clear path to the end of the story, and I wrote thirty-eight pages in one sitting.

Not bad.