I had a busy weekend. ABNA is taking entrants starting today. I had to go through all 400 pages of
my book (I got it down to 399). I looked for technical stuff, grammar and spelling, egregious plotting errors (I found my main character chatting in a scene she wasn’t in–I fixed that) because that’s all I had time for in two days. I didn’t move sections or rethink decisions, just tweaked anything that sounded off.
I also created a query letter with a one-paragraph overview and a synopsis with a full-page overview. ABNA only wants the short one, but doing the longer version helped me think through my novel, come up with the themes and threads that should be pointed out to a reviewer.
Then, there was the bio–what to mention about myself. I stuck with basics, the details that would make me a credible author for a military thriller.
I think I should rename the book. I named it To Hunt a Cruiser because it’s the sequel to the first novel, To Hunt a Sub. I like the second name better. I could use it since I haven’t published the prequel, but I’m still hopeful. I don’t think To Hunt a Cruiser will make sense to anyone but a Navy person. They’ll know a cruiser is a warship, and a pretty exciting one at that. The rest of the world might think it’s a bicycle. I’m thinking Search and Destroy or 20 Days (I have a countdown in the book–the drama unfolds over 20 days). You-all can help me. Which title would make you want to pick up the book and see what the flap said about it.