Doors close, doors open.

My marketing so far has been basically opportunism. A door opens a little bit, and I try to pry it open wider. If the opportunities don't present, then I'm more or less stumped.

I thought I was done with "Fateplay" but an opportunity has come up and I don't want to blow it. This book needs to be as good as it can be. So I'm going to make the changes I envisioned which will hopefully make the book a little better.

Major rewrites are always a risk for me. It's not a sure thing. These changes will be a lot of work but my hope is that it will make the book better.

To be completely honest, I think the book is pretty good as is. But if this opportunity pans out, I'll need it to be better than "pretty good." I'll need it to be fully thought out and fleshed out and sharp.

So I'm committing to the process.

Apparently, all I needed was the motivation.

For a couple of years, I had a great opportunity with a major publisher, who did in fact buy a book from me to be published under a much more famous name--a guy who recently had two bestsellers in the top ten! (Not Patterson, heh.) So my writing is apparently good enough to become a probable bestseller--but not under my own name.

This was the publisher who sought me out after reading Led to the Slaughter to tell me that it was a "brilliant premise and beautifully written."

Mostly ever since, he's ignored me, except to take the one ghostwritten book. He's pretty not responded to anything else I've sent, so I think that opportunity has disappeared. (The ghostwritten books is not on the publisher's schedule, so I have no idea what's happening. I guess as this point I'm just letting it be...or not to be.) I'm trying not to be put out about it: the editor has his own work and is probably overwhelmed.

Anyway, after a month off, I'm ready to plunge back into the book. If any larpers or cosplayers out there would like to beta read my first draft and give me advice about that world, please let me know. It's not a natural fit for me, so I need to get that terminology and stuff down.

So here we go again.