Things have been quiet on the front for awhile now, but I wanted to let everyone know that I have been hard at work for several months on the second edition of Book One. Earlier this year, I sent "The Coming Evil" to a few traditional publishers, trying to shake off the bonds of Print-On-Demand and fly free.
Well, this is what "they're" saying: "It's too short."
I have been plugging this book for a number of years and never once has anyone told me it was too short. But, now, all of a sudden, I've had a number of publishers and other authors tell me that, one after the other. Rather than shrug it off, I considered this. Is the book too short? Could I have done more with it? Is this God's way of telling me to dust off the first manuscript and put some more work into it?
I decided to give it a shot, carefully adding a short scene here, a short scene there, feeling out if this was something I was comfortable with. Alas, I am here to say that, yes, I do feel comfortable with this. "The Coming Evil Trilogy" began as a script and, with the second and third books, I really wandered away from the skeleton and explored every facet of the World of Greensboro. But, with that first book, I stayed spot-on, nearly word for word, with that original script. So, I'm trying to take this opportunity to breathe a little bit and to open up things (and also to clean up a lot of the writing) in order to bring to you The Coming Evil: The Strange Man--The Expanded Edition.
Now, fear not. I know some of you who have already bought the book will be upset. "Do I have to buy it again?" The answer is "no". I have been very careful to add things to the book without changing the events that occur. In other words, when Book Two comes out in the future, you will be able to pick it up and read it and everything will still make sense. However, this second edition of Book One will give you more information and insight into the events of Books Two and Three.
I'm very excited about the Expanded Edition of Book One. We see more of the characters--more sides of the characters--we learn a little bit more about Old Greenesboro and the legends of the Bogeyman. Also, we have a chance to meet some of the new characters that will appear in the later books.
As we speak, I'm working hard on the Expanded Edition and, afterwards, I'll return to the publishers and see where the book stands. I feel good about the direction the book is heading and I feel more certain that this is where God is leading me everyday. I'll keep everyone updated as this endeavor progresses. In the meantime, keep me in your prayers and stay tuned to this blog. I've got a bit more news to share in the days leading up to Halloween!