Writing Update #5

Current Word Count: 67,968

First Draft of Manuscript Due: 44 Days

The preliminary first draft of The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama is nearly complete. A few tweaks to the introduction left to make, then it goes off to a trusted beta reader for insight and proofreading while I write the conclusion. Once that is done, it’s off to the publisher for copy editing.  Unlike my previous book, which was self-published, this book will have to be complete and edited months in advance of publication. For The Worst President in History, writing and editing was happening up until it was actually submitted to Amazon for publication. Of course, there was more pressure to keep the writing going as long as possible for that book, as Obama’s presidency was still not over yet.

If this review period goes quick and smooth, there’s a potential I can get this new book off to Bombardier Books before my deadline, which won’t impact its publication date, but allows more time for the copy editing process and potential revisions. We’ll see if I’m willing to hand it over early, or use every possible moment available to me to tweak and add to the manuscript. Either way, my work is nearly complete!

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The Process of Writing “Scandalous”

To say my writing schedule for The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama has been the most aggressive I’ve ever done is an understatement. The first draft of The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama took six months, and then we revised and added to it on and off for three years. The struggle with that book was that in order to get it published when we wanted to, new data was always available, requiring updates to topics that had already been written, and adding new stuff that hadn’t been anticipated.
The most difficult thing about writing this book is taking scandals that could easily be the subjects of their own books (Fast and Furious is a good example) and boiling them down into readable summaries of the facts that give the reader the most important information. The Hillary email scandal alone took place over two years and there is a plethora of raw data (WikiLeaks, anyone?) that could be analyzed and explained that could fill an entire book… Since I couldn’t devote a whole book to just one scandal, I had to prioritize and condense all the available information on each scandal into 1,500-2,000 words a piece. There are just under thirty scandals that I’m highlighting in this book, and believe me, I could cover more, but, I do have a deadline.

Writing Update #4

Current Word Count: 56,865

First Draft of Manuscript Due: 55 Days

When I signed the contract with Bombardier Books I had just over 90 days to complete the first draft of the manuscript. So, as I planned out my writing schedule, I always considered myself to have had 90 days to finish the first draft, which means, in ten days I’ll be at the midpoint of my writing schedule. The good news is, I’ve actually much more like 90% done with the first draft. I have four more scandals/controversies to write about, and then the conclusion. There are a few topics I’ve already finished that I want to add a little bit to as well.

Bombardier Books should also have a cover design to show me soon. I’m very excited about that!

Anyway, I must get back to it. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter to get updates on the bookas well as my Facebook page.