Sooooo – I’ve been writing and research the true crime story of the Hunt murders for seven years. I thought I was done in the fall of 2016, but feedback on the manuscript suggested I was not before it goes off to another publishing house. While the edits were minor they improved the flow of the story. One university press had the book for over year before they came back without even reading the book and said, “It needs more work.” The book itself has been revised 18 times since I put all the research into a book format.
From the beginning of placing the thousands of research pages into chapters, those chapters have been moved around, large amounts of text have been relocated to other chapters and I edited out a lot of nonessential wording.
Many people don’t understand the process of writing a nonfiction book or any book for that matter. It is one thing to revise a blog post, a research paper or even an article and a 300 + page revision of a book is overwhelming. I will admit that even during my many revisions I found new errors and even identified errors in spelling of names throughout the book.
The last person to give me an honest read-through feedback liked the writing and the story. She even came up with her own questions regarding the murders. She’s read true crime books and mysteries all her life, so I trust her. Another reader offered her insights about not including my side stories of my research process or even putting them at the end. That suggestion I’m still considering.
The title of the book has evolved over time, yet nothing I came up with really sat well with me. The proposed titles never seemed to jump off the page and connect the complicated story of this journey. A recently proposed title of “A Journey from Small Town Murder to Mystery” may be the perfect fit. The book is a documentary of the attempted murder of Dr. Roy Hunt, the actual Hunt murders, along with all the trials, along with the murder of the sheriff whose trial ties into the Hunt murders in the most unique way.
Thank you to the friends who’ve given me honest feedback. A Journey from Small Town Murder to Mystery – may be the title this book has long needed…