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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Progress and Reviews

On the writing front, I passed 43,000 words on my third book in my YA novel trilogy – DEMON, DEMON INC & DEMON AT WAR. They will all be in the 77,000 to 79,000 word area. I decided in addition to getting my rights back for LANCELOT, I would return it to the original format I wrote it - as a straight up Paranormal/Fantasy, and get rid of the pen-name along with the erotica. That in addition to a new cover may make it possible to revisit my updating of the legend later. I only added the erotica to it after over thirty rejections. It did garner a contract on my first submission with added erotic scenes, but it never went anywhere, possibly due to a horrible cover. I think I’ll leave the erotica to Ms. James and the ‘Fifty Shades’ golden calf’ from now on.  :)

I found a couple more ads looking for a short screenplay much like what I wrote, so I submitted again. Haven’t heard back, but I did start making the notes for converting HARD CASE into a screenplay, breaking down the novel into scenes, which is not for the faint of heart. The one thing many of the ads mention is keeping costs down due to locale. With HARD CASE, I only have one foreign scene which wouldn’t necessarily have to be shot overseas. The rest of it takes place right in Oakland, CA.

A very nice reader gave my YA novel STORM the best REVIEW I think I’ve ever gotten. She perceived everything I had intended when writing it – if you’d like to take a look and give her a YES for helpful as a reviewer I'd appreciate it. 

My good friend Charles Gramlich read THE PROTECTORS and wrote a great REVIEW for me. He and I are in the trenches, fighting for the elusive ‘Fifty Shades’ of fame and fortune with our humble offerings, competing with the growing legion of authors increasing exponentially each passing day. We fight the good fight against superior numbers.  :)

To end this post, here’s a picture of my Grandson Colin with his Superman cape at Magic Mountain’s Superman ride, my daughter posted. That boy has flair.  :)


Rick said...

I'll check our review schedule over at White Cat Magazine and see if we can get it in next month, Bernard.

Charles Gramlich said...

I like that cape. The Defenders was excellent.

Bernard Lee DeLeo said...

Thanks, Rick. Let me know what format you want and I'll e-mail it to you.

Thanks, Charles. My daughter told me he just walked up to the ride and spread the cape. She said if she'd known he was going to do that they would have taken a closer shot. :)

Jordan Summers said...

Congrats on the great review.

I envy your grandson. I'd love to run through a theme park with a cape on. ;)

Bernard Lee DeLeo said...

Thanks, Jordan. Yeah, Colin doesn't miss many opportunities. :)

Vesper said...

Congrats on all fronts, Bernard! You are an inspiration!

I see you're more and more interested by screenplays. Have you also thought of a graphic novel?

I love your grandson's picture! The shot is excellent.

Bernard Lee DeLeo said...

Thanks, Vesper. I'm really a plodder. I found a couple things I love doing: fixing cars, and writing. :)

Yeah, the screenplay stuff is a new, exciting avenue I'm getting a kick out of trying. I will post any news on that front.

Colin is a natural. It's exciting watching him in action. :)

raine said...

Ok, I'm impatiently waiting for news for you too. Wouldn't it be awesome to see your work on film?!
Congrats on the great review.
And if that doesn't look like Superman standing before his Fortress of Solitude...!! :)

Bernard Lee DeLeo said...

If that ever happens you will be the first to know, Raine. :) Yeah, the boy has that lightning strike type of imagination that I will follow with a grandfather's eye. That's for sure. :)