Updates to The Jakarta Pandemic…

On April 28th, I alluded to some changes by unveiling The Jakarta Pandemic’s new cover. One month later, The Jakarta Pandemic is officially DONE!!! I know, the book was “done” in late October, then again in November…I think I substantially changed it every month since it was first launched.

I really mean it this time. I’m through tweaking this book, and so is my editor. I can’t thank Felicia (editor) enough for convincing to make some necessary changes to the format and content. I am extremely pleased by the final product…enough to leave it alone, which is big for me.

What major changes can you expect to see in the latest revision?

First, the book is about 25 pages lighter than before, thanks to some aggressive editing of “long” news segments and a few scenes that really didn’t propel the storyline. STREAMLINING. Almost all of these cuts came from the first third of the book, which is good news for readers…the nasty pandemic induced mayhem comes quicker. I love story setup, so it was tough to part with some of this content, but I firmly believe the words were not sacrificed in vain. A moment of silence please.

Second, I changed the tense from present to past. Actually, my editor did this…she’s still probably suffering from verb tense PTSD.  Prior to giving the “go ahead” on this change, I sampled a few chapters of converted manuscript (compliments of said editor) and was surprised by how much I liked the past tense version of the story. 95 plus percent of stories are told in the past tense, and though I might have argued you to death three months ago about my decision to write the story in present tense…I was sold when I read Felicia’s converted version. Plus, I wasn’t the one that would have to change every verb in the 400 page story. Amazing how my attitude changed. Seriously though, it is a major improvement.

I also included a preview of my next novel, BLACK FLAGGED. No, it’s not a NASCAR novel…I haven’t gone completely mad. Black-flagged is a term used in the espionage world to describe an agent or operative that is to be interrogated and summarily shot if captured. In the preview, you’ll be introduced to the main character of the book, during a time in his life when he might have prayed for Black-flag treatment if captured. If you thought The Jakarta Pandemic was a dark, gritty read, you will thoroughly enjoy my next novel…whenever I finish it.

If you’ve already read The Jakarta Pandemic, don’t get upset…you can check out the preview here: PREVIEW

Pass the word. Now is the time to download or order your copy…before I jack up the price (I’ll blame it on gas prices, or the cost of produce at Whole Foods).

4 Comments

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4 responses to “Updates to The Jakarta Pandemic…

  1. Lisa

    Stevie, I cannot wait for your new novel. I just read the prologue and it is intense. My kind of book and I am sure Mike will love it too. You are amazing.

  2. Paul Jones

    Congratulations, Steve.

    I’ve been waiting on the re-release to pick it up. I do love a good end-of-the world tale.

    Paul

  3. Congrats Steve.

    Not only with The Jakarta Pandemic, which is a fantastic read (with or without the 25 black-flagged pages) but also with your new novel. Just read the preview of Black Flagged – love it! Can’t wait for you to finish it.

    Best,

    Jeroen

    • Thanks, Jeroen. End of school year activities and sail boat prep have kept me from the kind of progress I would like for my new novel, but it’s moving along. You’ll be one of the first to read it in it’s entirety, of course. One of the perks of your work. And thanks for the fantastic cover! Everybody loves it.

      Steve

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