Book updates

Still Editing

Posted on August 31, 2022

The summer flew by and there is still a stack of papers on my desk. Yes, 18 chapters is consider at rather hefty stack of paper. Once again, life got int he way of book, but at least I have a lighter teaching load for the upcoming semester, so I’m again optimistic I will complete editing by the new year. I also need to get back on Facebook and start connecting with Eric’s fans so they will know I’m still working on it and they will have it in their hands soon.

 

Not Much Progress

Posted on May 21, 2022

Substantive editing is complete for book one, but he winter semester was rather labour intensive and I didn’t devote enough time to the book. I hope to complete the line editing during the summer. This is going much slower than I expected, but at least the story is now told. It just needs adjustments before it is finally ready for the public.

 

Book One is Ready for Editing

Posted on December 12, 2021

The main writing is complete for the first book. It has several strong story arches that will thread through to the other two books. No, I’m not telling what they are, but I think readers will be surprised with the threads. Now it’s time to work on the substantive editing before I go into line editing, copyediting, and wrapping up with proofreading. Also, I am using APA 7 style for citations and references, which may be a problem. Although I’ve been using APA for decades, I’m not sure if it is suitable for the book. I’m not sure if the citations get in the way of the narrative because I am so used to reading academic papers. My eyes are used to it, but how will readers react?

 

Eric Carr Revealed Facebook Page

Posted on July 6, 2021

The book’s Facebook page is slowly growing, but I am putting too much effort into  spreading the word about the book and not enough time writing it. I need to ease away from devoting so much time to Facebook and concentrate on finishing the first book.

Book one is coming along nicely, and book two has a solid outline but still requires much work. Book three is in better shape, particularly as I started writing from the end and worked my way backwards. I’m optimistic I will complete book one by the end of the year and have it ready for retail by the summer of 2022.

 

It’s a Trilogy

Posted on June 11, 2021

The word count continues to grow, and the unauthorized biography of KISS’s former drummer, Eric Carr is turning into a monster! The 13 chapters contain roughly 195,000 words. A “normal” size non-fiction books is about 60,000 words. The book has yet to be properly edited, so I expect a couple of thousand words may disappear, but I have more info to add. And that is the crux of the problem.

How much information is too much?

Originally, I envisioned the “normal” chronological examination of Eric’s life, but that fails to tell the entire story. His use of drums, struggle for recognition, and medical details surrounding his death are important aspects of his life that must be included. KISS fans absolutely love the minutia. The details that, for non-KISS fans are boring and not relevant, are fascinating for KISS fans. Nonetheless, the book is written for fans who want to dive deeply into the social and musical environment he lived in. The 1980s will forever be remembered for the rise and fall of hair metal, a subgenre of heavy metal, and this lengthy biography attempts to give readers a “fly on the wall” exploration of Eric’s interactions and contributions to the scene.

I dislike biographies that leave out the cultural touchstones. The subjects of the books did not live in a vacuum, shielded from events. The subject of biographies are effected by their culture and events that surround them. It would be like writing about the Beatles and not mentioning the Vietnam War. And it is these important events that I continue adding to all chapters.

In addition to the background info, several chapters are still too rough and need additional info added.

The new plan is to release the book as a trilogy. The first book covers 1950 to the first half of 1982, which was when The Elder cycle ended and the Creatures of the Nights cycle began. Currently these five chapters are just over 76,000 words, The second book begins in mid-1982 as KISS begins working with producer Michael James Jackson and ends with KISS filming the long-form video eXposed in the summer of 1986. These four chapters are just over 60,000 words. The final book begins with the Crazy Nights cycle in 1987 and ends with Eric’s death in 1991, with a small chapter on his legacy. The word count for the final instalment is almost 58,000 words.

So, onwards I will write, until Eric Carr’s story is told in full, in detail, and with minimal, but declared, bias