Editing books the old-fashioned way – on paper

Written by calebbrettwygal

I thought I would give you a quick update on the progress of my upcoming novel, THE SEARCH FOR THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH.

The manuscript has now gone through two (maybe three, I lost track) drafts, has received feedback from beta readers, and gone through editing. One thing I like to keep in mind while writing is the old adage to “eliminate unnecessary words.”

I try and try, but the editing process really lets you see how many wasted words an author can use. For instance, the first draft of this work clocked in at over 83K words. By the time the edits came back, it was under 80K. In total, we eliminated about 4K wasted words to make the story read better and faster.

All that is done on a computer screen. Now, I have it printed out for the first time.

For those of you who read both e-books and traditionally printed novels, you know that the reading experience is different. Me? I prefer to hold a book in my hands and flip the pages. I feel I get more out of it.

Now, I’m going to go over this novel the old-fashioned way: word-by-word and line-by-line with a fine-toothed comb.

My publisher and I also reworked the book description. Here’s the new one. Let me know what you think.

The quest for eternal life often sends explorers to an early death.

Lucas Caine is struggling to get his deep-sea salvage operation off the ground. But when he makes a discovery off the coast of Nags Head, he finds himself in the middle of a 200-year-old secret government operation. It’s mission: to find the Fountain of Youth. Caught between a shadow agency and another mysterious group sworn to protect the Fountain at all costs, Lucas doesn’t know who—if anyone—to trust.

With his best friend Darwin by his side, the team must trace a cryptic path originating from the ocean’s depths on a high-octane search for the greatest treasure of them all. But one-by-one the team disappears. Can Lucas end the quest and locate his friends while he runs for his life? Or will he be next?

Don’t miss The Search for the Fountain of Youth, the fourth book in the Lucas Caine series by Caleb Wygal. If you like Clive Cussler, James Rollins, and Dan Brown, then this adventure will have you turning the pages!

THE SEARCH FOR THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH releases on November 20, 2018, and is published by Franklin/Kerr Press. You can pre-order the Kindle edition for the promotional price of just $.99! Get it here!

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