Will iconic images recorded in the grooves of an ancient vase unite the Holy Land or rip it further apart?

THE VASE

A novel by Mark M. DeRobertis

Muhsin Muhabi is a Palestinian potter, descended from a long line of potters. His business is run from the same shop owned by his ancestors since the day his forebears moved to Nazareth. The region's conflict saw the death of his oldest son, and rogue terrorists are in the process of recruiting his youngest in their plot to assassinate the Pope and Israeli prime minister.

Professor Hiram Weiss is an art historian at Nazareth’s Bethel University. He is also a Shin Bet operative on special assignment. With the help of fellow agent, Captain Benny Mathias, he plans to destroy the gang responsible for the death of his wife and only child. He puts a bomb in the ancient vase he takes on loan from Muhsin’s Pottery Shop.

Mary Levin, the charming assistant to the director of Shin Bet, has lost a husband and most of her extended family to recurring wars and never-ending terrorism. She dedicates her life to the preservation of Israel, but to whom will she dedicate her heart - the brilliant professor from Bethel University - or the gallant captain who now leads Kidon?

Harvey Holmes, the Sherlock of Haunted Houses, is a Hollywood TV host whose reality show just flopped. When a Lebanese restaurant owner requests his ghost-hunting services, he believes the opportunity will resurrect his career. All he has to do is exorcise the ghosts that are haunting the restaurant. It happens to be located right across the street from Muhsin’s Pottery Shop.



Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Revisions to Continue? Or Not?

I have made all the necessary revisions to the John Dunn book, but of course that doesn't mean revisions should stop. But maybe they should for now. I mean I won't send any more improved versions to Knox Robinson, that's for sure. If they were to accept it, edits will ensue anyway. What's important is that the manuscript is intact in the sense that there are no inconsistencies or major typos that will impact the flow of the story.

But that doesn't mean there aren't parts that can be written better. Last night for instance during a glance, I found a word here that could be changed to a better word, and a word there that should be deleted altogether. I can do that indefinitely if I put my mind to it. But at what point does it become nitpicking? Still, imo, if it makes the manuscript better, you do it.

Who knows? Another publisher might come calling any time. And if I keep making the manuscript better, then it would improve my chances of being accepted by the publisher. And that's the bottom line. At least for me right now. Which is taking the next step up. Finding a publisher at the next level. Don't get me wrong. I appreciate Melange and Penumbra. But they're POD publishers. The next step up for me is getting my books into hard bound copies and into bookstores. We'll see.

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