Live my creation! Live!
I’m not quite at the stage of raising the lightening rod into the heavens in order to keep the electricity bill down, but I am starting to look at the weather forecast for the next few days to see if a convenient storm might be coming my way.
My creation fortunately does not rely upon raiding the local mortuaries, or having a good cross-stitch, instead it all down to my writing, re-writing and editing of my next novel ‘Through Glass Darkly’, the first episode of which will be published around April of next year.
Now I’ve mentioned in my previous posts about my intention to release this new story in several shorter episodes of around 30,000 words each, with either three or four episodes making the overall novel between 90,000 and 120,000 words.
With that in mind, I’m now just in the process of writing the mini-finale to the first episode, it won’t be a cliff hanger, but it will hopefully shape up into an exciting action sequence.
With a bit of luck this should only take another day or so finish off, after which I’ll be doing a bit of polishing and editing, and then I’ll be ordering a small number of printed review copies.
Getting some properly printed review copies may seem a bit old fashioned, but for me its actually become a really useful part of the editing and review process, as I tend to just get more and better quality edits from the printed copies than the electronic equivalents. I must admit there’s also a part of me that quite likes unboxing those first ever copies of my new work.
But, print over electronic aside, I also wanted to briefly describe what’s involved in the process of producing a new book from the authors or publishers perspective.
So, the printed proof copy will include all the fluff that you normally find at the start and end of a book, the copyright and isbn, acknowledgements, about the author bit etc., and then at the end a sample of one of my other stories for the reader to try out and see if it appeals. All of which will need to be sorted before the proofs are printed and sent to me.
As soon as they arrive on my doorstep I naturally have a few minutes to enjoy them and having a read of my own work in print, but then the next step is to post these copies out to the folks who have kindly agreed to read through them and highlight any errors or bits that don’t work so well.
I’ll get these back a few weeks later and start my editing process. This is also the point at which I’d commission the cover art provided the feedback from the proof copies isn’t appalling that is. In an ideal world, it all then comes together into the final version, which I send off to the printers and agree a release and launch date for.
As soon as the print copy is done, I’ll spend a few days sorting out the eBook version and then make that available also.
Naturally there’s a whole load of other background jobs to do around this time, in terms of the sending of review copies to relevant publications, entering competitions, and generally trying to drum up additional interest or publicity in the book.
And finally, while all this is happening I will also be back in the lab, toiling away on the next creation, so that I can hopefully maintain some kind of momentum.