So, after a very full and bewildering weekend I finally clawed my way back to the computer to press the last few buttons required for my book to go live on Amazon. It should be available there in paperback form in 5-7 days. Now I will get cracking on the ebook version, which is more new territory to explore.
I’ll keep you posted!
On the right, proof #2. On the left, proof #1.
Yesterday my second proof arrived. I’m only on chapter 7 so far, but it looks good! There’s one or two little fiddle formatting problems to fix but nothing so major that I think I will need a third proof. That means that when I’m done with this revision the book will finally be available for sale!
The first proof has been reviewed and the necessary changes submitted. In 12-24 hours I should have approval to order a second proof. Proof arrives in about a week. If proof is OK then Thundercats are go. If not, I rinse and repeat.
I hope Proof #2 is good to go, because I’m going to need a few days to let my poor brain reinflate with some mindless TV before I start writing again – and I am stoked for Camp NaNoWriMo! For NaNoWriMo 2014 I had a great idea for a buddy story with paranormal elements and lots of humor, and though I didn’t finish NaNoWriMo that year I have been percolating the idea ever since. For Camp next month I am going to try to hammer out a first draft.
Things are moving along nicely, I think. Major revisions are complete and yesterday I picked up this bad boy from the printer formerly known as Kinko’s:
Click to zoooooooom.
I did a little dance of triumph when I got home even though no one but Matt will be reading this copy. I’m not going to apologize for my dramatic all-caps warning on the coversheet; if I can’t make this process fun it won’t happen. Also, I’m not going to apologize for my dancing. Dude, who wouldn’t be excited to hold their manuscript in their hands – even if they printed it themself?
After Matt finally reads this (and no, he still hasn’t read a word of it though this was originally my 2013 NaNoWriMo project) I will seek out critiques and reviews. Exciting!
I have a mock-up of the cover done and I managed to accomplish all the tweaking and hacking I wanted to do to the website (which is not open yet because I don’t have an official cover or a release date). But for every item I check off my “to do and to research” list I add at least five more. The list is insanely long now and I haven’t the first clue how to put it all in order. No matter. I blunder happily along.
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To assure you that I am not dead.
I am still working hard on the self-publishing thing. I have chosen a POD (print-on-demand) company and started an account with them. I have decided on the type of ISBN (International Standard Book Number) and distribution package I want, as well as the paper types and trim size of the physical book (there will be an ebook, too, since self-published ebooks tend to outsell hardcopies). I have started to investigate cover art and I have verified how to pay my state and federal taxes when I become, essentially, a self-employed small business owner (like Matt).
As exciting as all that is (and I’m in a friggin’ tizzy over it!) the book is going nowhere until the revisions are finished. Last week I completed the first major revision, which altered the manner in which I had formatted dialogue, removed a silly running-gag sort of a device that supported my original (silly) title, and toned down some of the racier bits. Now I see that I need to go over it again and cut or redistribute a buttload of exposition. (I hate gobs of exposition.) My revisions are still pretty heavy at this point – I’m still working with a cleaver rather than a scalpel – but it’s coming along nicely. I haven’t written the great American novel, but it’s a nice book – I like to read it and I hope other people will, too.
Then I need to decide whether or not I need a professional editor. (Ugh) Ideally, yes, but since editors are a costly venture and this is pretty experimental I may pass. We’ll see. All the initial fees (most of which I hope to bypass by doing my own cover art, interior design, and marketing) are coming out of my eBay sales to keep this on a hobby level. Let’s hope those My Little Ponies sell, because when the book finally comes out I want to throw a pizza/beer/bonfire party!
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The decision has been made. I am going to publish.
The one novel (out of the three I am currently working on) which has been finished is currently undergoing a heavy revision (to purge a forced-in theme that allowed me to give the book a gimmicky title, which has been changed) and when that it done I am going to sign up with CreateSpace and publish my first novel.
I imagine that this will be a lengthy process (if for no other reason that I work very slowly) but I will keep you all informed of the book’s progress.
P.S. I suspect that having a “real” book with an ISBN and everything – even if I don’t sell a single copy – is going to make me insufferable. You have been forewarned.