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About the writer’s life and problems

About the writer’s life and problems

Well, certainly being a writer is not the easiest career in the world. All the fancy things you might figure out about being a writer, most of the time do not have any foundation of truth.
What is true is the satisfaction the moment you are sending your novel to be published. That gives a sense of achievement when people start to react and interact with your new release.
Nevertheless, the work required before the manuscript is ready it has nothing to do with glory and inspiration.
As an indie author, it means finding the time to write, researching for the most impossible bits of information. This, to make sure that the novel has solid grounds like you know what you are talking about, which generally, is not.
We gather information on the internet, asking friends, bothering social workers. Then, we ask the colleague’s uncle’s cousin’s friend who, seemingly, might have some knowledge about the topic you are writing about.
We search for the best way to murder someone or the time for a certain poison to have an effect.
Many times the search is stretching for days and weeks before we can actually go on to the next paragraph.
The bright side is that we get a wide, general knowledge about random things we might never use.
Besides this, the editing, the tweaking, the rewriting processes, there is something that curses the nights of the indie author.
That’s when we wake up in the middle of the night, after having sent the book to be published. Unfortunately, it is too late. The next time we will be able to make any correction arrives within 72 hours.

The daunting doubt.

“Were those twenty times I have been reading it through enough?”
The little nagging voice, during your sleep, will start whispering:
“What about that sentence? Are you sure it was good enough?”
“And have you checked for this kind of consistency?”
“Did you remember to put this edit?”
“Have you uploaded the right version or the unedited one?”
At that point, the poor author has completely lost the sleep and will go checking everything spending the whole night re-reading the version uploaded.
And if you think this is going to be all, think twice. The doubt will get back as soon as the first review arrives, a few positive reviews, and your heartbeat return to the normal pace, the blood pressure is getting normal, and the little nagging voice calms down.
Then one, not so positive, review.
All hell breaks loose, and the confidence gathered crashes down.
The little nagging voice starts screaming: “TOLD YA!”
And it will start an endless process to re-re-re-read and tweak one more,
ending up into a frustrating search for perfection, which will never arrive.

This, my dear friends, is the glamorous life of a writer, or better of an indie author.
With all the best intentions to spend a relaxing weekend, I wish you a great one.

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Deadly Deception: Trilogy Box set

Deadly Deception: Trilogy Box set

Ethan is a liar.
Laura’s nights are cursed by insomnia.
Julius is grappling with low self-esteem and overwhelming nicotine addiction.
There is only one thing that brings them together: they are all following the revolutionary psychotherapy method of Dr. Wright and his team.
Although the reputation of Dr. Wright is not to be doubted, the mysterious disappearing of those who come too close to his patients raises too many questions.
Detective Bochorishvili of Tbilisi Police Department and his cousin Lieutenant Avaliani of the Bureau of Investigative Services in Boston will have to fit together all the pieces of the puzzle. The web of shadows spreads from the Georgian capital to Boston and begins to whirl in a vortex around the figure of Dr. Wright.
Suspicions rise and fall, spies lurk in the darkness, and mysteries call out to be solved before more individuals meet their fate at the ambitious hands of evil.
As the investigations go on, they will bring to light a question; will justice triumph, or will it be another Deadly Deception?

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Aquila et Noctua

Aquila et Noctua

When the breaking out of the uprising forced his family to flee, Saul’s life as he knew came to an abrupt end. Little he knew about the dramatic changes destiny held in store for him.

At the height of the Roman Empire, a young boy is taken from his home in Palestine to be a slave to a patrician Roman family.

But though the father of the house is obsessed with the boy, it is the son, Flavius, whose interest Saul returns.
As years pass and the boys grow into men, their love will be tested, Flavius’ arranged marriage bringing a selfish and jealous woman between them.

In a time when jealousy, honor, and rivalries were questions of life and death, how can a bare property like a slave protect himself? Will Saul manage to reach freedom, or will he become another victim?

P. J. Mann’s 6th book, Aquila et Noctua tells a story of love across boundaries in ancient Rome, a deeply human tale from a place thousands of years and leagues away.

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