Wednesday, 25 September 2019

The Ozone Cafe - update!

The Ozone Café by Aileen Hawkes  

The Ozone Café 

It's amazing how things can change in the writing world. I was nearly close to self-publishing with Amazon. However, I realize since working with the novel in my critiquing group that it certainly wasn't ready! So it's back to being a WIP (work-in-progress) and to me it is starting to look like a better book. I hadn't filled in the descriptions/traits/looks of my main characters, nor did I outline some of the minor ones. When you're in a group, those writers that are critiquing you are "readers" and obviously they find the gaps, errors, typos, missed character descriptions, etc. Originally the manuscript was only 56,000 words - much too short! So now with a lot of additions I am hoping to get it as fat as 70,000 words by including missing scenes, a little more emotional engagement, back story, and possibly dialogue traits that will describe my characters a little differently than sounding like each other.
    Having other eyes on your work is crucial! I appreciate the help I'm getting as other writers comments are way better than any close relatives or friends saying, 'oh, that's great!' You know very well that it isn't.  
The Ozone Cafe (above) has also been drawn by an OOTA writer/artist Aileen Hawkes. I may be able to use it, and I'm very grateful to her for taking the time to produce such an exact copy. I will be sending the novel to Adelaide Books LLC, New York as they are publishing my debut novel The Last Asbestos Town.


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