Author: Jamie McFarlane

Rookie Privateer

When you are old enough to finally become an Earth Mars citizen, everything should be perfect. Right? Not for Liam Hoffen. He’s stuck on a mining asteroid called Colony 40, helping his father work a claim that is never going to pay out. His best friend, Nick James is set for life in James’ Rental business and Liam just discovered that the girl he’s known forever thinks he’s pretty great and now she’s leaving for the Mars Naval Academy. Liam dreams of sailing the stars. Whenever he gets the chance, he jets into space and floats, wishing to be free of the asteroid that has claimed him. What he doesn’t realize is that fate is about to change everything. Sometimes you have to lose parts of yourself to gain the stars, and Liam discovers that while it isn’t easy to literally lose parts of yourself, gaining the stars is worth everything. He and Nick are about to find out what the real world has to offer and they end up meeting exciting people along the...

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Fiction work classifications by word count

One of the things I have been struggling with is to know what to call the things I am working on. I recently learned that my upcoming second book,  Naughty is Hard to Forget, will actually fall into the category of a Novella and not a Novelette. I am about 50% complete and am sitting at about 16,000 words. Work is stalled on the Naughty work as I make this final run toward publishing Rookie Privateer. Who actually decides this? Well it turns out that the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America does. At least they do for the purpose of handing out awards. To my best understanding they have created the following categories: Short Story – Up to 7,500 words Novelette – 7,500 to 17,500 words Novella – 17,500 to 40,000 words Novel – over 40,000 words So now you know. Oh and since I am self-publishing I won’t be invited to join the SFWA any time...

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Rookie Privateer Final Editing

A number of my friends have asked how it is that I will edit Rookie Privateer.  The answer is with an incredible amount of help from my family and friends. I have a wonderful group of readers that have read the manuscript and provided feedback from their perspective. Many people have put in heroic amounts of work reading, editing, suggesting and providing insight with nothing expected in return. It is a humbling process. I have learned a lot about the process of bringing a book to completion. My sister, Diane, has been patiently coaching me through this process and so what I am sharing with you I probably got directly from her. By the way, visit her website nammynools.com and learn about her wonderful books. (yes a shameless plug) The process we have followed that will be tweaked has been: Write the initial story ( this took several months) run through it to find grammar, spelling, etc read it out loud to find more grammar, spelling, etc. feel like that isn’t too bad solicit readers / send to readers discover that #2 and #3 weren’t all that well done have sister do a two pass edit process hand to my wife to read / edit ( by the way she doesn’t pull punches ) integrate feedback from the readers send back to sister for final edit / formatting for kindle store Well...

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Naughty is Hard to Forget

Cover art provided by Sicilian Valkyrie on DeviantArt. Tumblr: http://sicilianvalkyrie.tumblr.com/ This is a rough sketch from an artist I am working with on DeviantArt.com. Good chance this will end up as the cover art for my next book which is a...

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