I hired a copyeditor and book cover designer. Now, I’m learning about book marketing and self-publishing. I thought writing the book was the hardest part… There is so much to learn. But, I’ve been tweaking my first page because that is a very important part of the book. Here is what I have as of 9:39 pm March 21, 2017. I think it’s better than my first opening. I’m concerned it may seem a bit cliche, with all the lunar harvesting etc, but my story is unique and my characters are fun. Still hard to know how it will be received into the world when it makes its entrance on Amazon.
“Rex stepped out of the dust cloud he had created by digging around the stuck lunar harvester. His once bright orange environmental suit was now peppered with ashen regolith. The company’s logo on his right arm was barely discernible. The dust particles collected over the picturesque logo of the moon’s surface with the earth rising on the horizon, and the company’s name, MOON-X, in bold block letters at the center. The mission statement was stitched around the circumference of the patch and due to its iridescent lettering most of it was still legible. It read: “To Promote the Peaceful Use and Development of the Moon for All.” When the cloud dispersed, Rex turned back to the broken-down harvester and assessed the problem. A small anorthosite rock had lodged itself in between two of the harvester’s wheels, causing the track to slip off, preventing it from being able to climb up the steep side of the crater. The modified extra-wide treads were supposed to prevent this, but the company did not account for craters full of thick regolith. As Rex freed the rock with a crowbar, he noticed light reflecting off of the chromium-plated wheel. He instinctively turned around and looked behind him but found that the source of his distraction was above him. Rex could tell from the shape of the craft that an American shuttle was approaching, and he instantly knew what this meant. He hurriedly packed up his tools and ran-walked back to the base as quickly as his environmental suit allowed. Sergei, Nik, and Yelena did not deserve to be hauled away so unexpectedly. He needed to warn them.”