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There Comes a Prophet: My Publishing Journey

Guest Post by David Litwack, Author of There Comes a Prophet

There Comes a Prophet by David LitwackThere Comes a Prophet was my first, third and fifth novel.

Let me explain. I wrote two novels thirty years ago, trying to perfect my craft. Now they sit in a dusty cardboard box, monuments to my efforts. I failed but learned a lot.

It took me two years to complete There Comes a Prophet—my third novel, but the first in this new stage of my life. I had a lot of fits and starts. Hemingway once claimed he wrote thirty-nine drafts of For Whom the Bell Tolls. When asked why, he responded: “Getting the words right.” That’s what I tried to do over many drafts, get the words right.

When I thought it was good enough, I began submitting the novel to agents. Thirty-three rejections later, I gave up and moved on to my next novel, The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky. I read somewhere that to be a good writer, you had to invest ten years and a million words. I figured I was half way and was determined to plug on.

My skills were getting better. The Daughter was much more tightly written. I became fanatic about never wasting a word, constantly monitoring word counts as I wrote. I followed the advice of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of that gem of a book, The Little Prince: “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

Now it was The Daughter that needed time to incubate, so I went back to There Comes a Prophet to see how it read. To my chagrin, I found the earlier novel not nearly as well written as The Daughter. I sharpened my digital pencil (figuratively speaking) and began three rigorous editing passes, cutting down Prophet by almost a quarter. I found I’d lost nothing and the novel was a much better read.

While I was hard at work, the publishing industry was undergoing dramatic change. Big publishers had laid off a lot of their talent during the recession, yielding to the financial imperatives of their corporate masters. Many of these good folks went off and formed small and mid-sized publishers, leveraging the latest technology and without the overhead of the big guys. This allowed them to take the accountants out of publishing and pursue their love of literature.

The Indie revolution was born. The reading public was tired of being spoon fed formulaic fiction written by a small stable of brand-name authors. Just as movie goers wanted more than big budget, risk-free cinema, readers were hungry for original works by new authors who didn’t necessarily fit the mold. I researched this new breed of publisher and found some who specialized in my genre. With a vastly improved novel and a changed industry, it was only a short time before I received a contract.

Now, I have two new books nearly done and am already taking notes for a fourth, which will be a sequel to There Comes a Prophet. The million word mark is within sight. But it won’t be the end. It is, after all, a journey.

 

David Litwack, Author of There Comes a Prophet About David Litwack:

The urge to write first struck when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter’s editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.
Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned. There Comes a Prophet is his first novel in this new stage of life.
David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.

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Who among us will cast aside a comfortable existence and risk death to follow a dream?

A world kept peaceful for a thousand years by the magic of the ruling vicars. But a threat lurks from a violent past. Wizards from the darkness have hidden their sorcery in a place called the keep and left a trail of clues that have never been solved.

Nathaniel has grown up longing for more but unwilling to challenge the vicars. Until his friend Thomas is taken for a teaching, the mysterious coming-of-age ritual. Thomas returns but with his dreams ripped away. When Orah is taken next, Nathaniel tries to rescue her and ends up in the prisons of Temple City. There he meets the first keeper of the ancient clues. But when he seeks the keep, what he finds is not magic at all.

If he reveals the truth, the words of the book of light might come to pass:

“If there comes among you a prophet saying ‘Let us return to the darkness,’ you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the light.”

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Comments

  1. I love this post because its quite encouraging to struggling writers. I wrote a lot as a teen. A LOT. But then I succumbed to rebellious teenhood and I didn’t write again until later. Every few years I have a novel in my head I MUST write so I sit down and start typing. But every time I hit a roadblock and quit. I always think ‘there are SO many great authors out there the world doesn’t need my crappy stories.’ The thing is, I think I need to write for myself. So much of the time these are stories that just wont leave me alone. So the other day I was talking with a friend about some experiences I had and she really encouraged to write about it. With her encouragement I started writing again but I’m going about it differently. First, I’m writing by hand. This seems to work better for me and the story seems to come out better. Also instead of making myself find the beginning I just picked a scene I felt inspired to write and I just started writing. So my goal is an hour a night and we’ll see where it goes. But so far its working well for me. Either way its experience under the belt! Whoa! Now I just pretty much wrote a whole post in the comments!
    Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop!
    *please forgive typos or random odd words, I’m typing one fingered on my kindle and auto correct sometimes goes crazy.*

    • I completely agree! I also think it teaches a good lesson that it’s good to sit on a book for a while if you don’t think it’s ready yet but can’t keep working. Too often I think that new authors rush through and self-publish books before they are ready and then they aren’t as good as they could have been, just because they want to be done with it, which makes me sad. It also gives you hope that you’ll someday be able to use all those ideas you wrote down ages ago! Thanks for hosting the tour :D

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