A little progress each day adds up to big results!
I had a great call with my editor this afternoon, and I was excited because I was finally going to see the edits she had made to Montagnard. Unfortunately, this turned out to be precisely what did not happen. There will be a delay of a couple of days.
However, we did go over some of the notes she had jotted down during her editing process. For example. there were comments like:
- Pace and flow are very good. Great character development. Good detail, but not overboard. No Fluff.
- The narrative speaks to the reader. Good dialogue. Shows, not tell. Likes the word “however” a bit too much. (Corrected)
- Great how friendship is developed among the team members.
- Romance is good, well-done. Didn’t make me roll my eyes!
- Spaghetti and meatballs are Italian/American. Won’t find in Northern Italy. (Corrected)
I was flabbergasted when she said, “I would put this work up against the top writers in the genre. The book is fantastic – very well written.
So then, what is the hold up, you may ask.
Montagnard is now being reviewed by subject matter experts!
My editor comes from a Navy family – with a long history of military service and many retired military friends. It seems she thought the book was good enough that she wanted to share it with some subject-matter experts and get some feedback from them.
So, Montagnard is now in the hands of several clandestine readers. I can’t say anymore, or they might have to kill me. That would not be good because I want to write a few more books.
One expert has responded, stating, “It doesn’t bother me.” And, according to my editor, that is very high praise indeed. This particular person doesn’t normally like to read stuff like this because it usually upsets him, leading to comments like, “They wouldn’t do that,” “You couldn’t make that shot with a rifle like that,” or simply, “That’s bullshit!” We are awaiting feedback from the remaining three. Hopefully, in the next day or two.
While I was initially disappointed by the delay. I am now thrilled. Folks, I really think it’s going to be pretty darn good. I do hope you will want to check it out.