Now What?

I have finished the second round of edits on Onyx Sun and it’s now in the hands of some beta readers, so it’s all done and ready to go, right?

Wrong.

There is still a lot of work to be done on it, even before I hear back from them.

For one thing, there’s a cover to commission, which means deciding on a cover artist, which means looking at the work they’ve done and finding someone whose style I like, then hoping they are still doing covers, have the time for a new client, and are within my budget.

Then there’s the front matter.  You know: the copyright notice, work of fiction disclaimer, acknowledgements, special thanks, etc.  That doesn’t really take too long, though – it’s just annoying “busy work.”  (But necessary busy work.)

Then there’s the blurb.

The dreaded blurb.

I’m working on it and so far…

I’m going to be brutally honest here.

It sucks.

The blurb sucks, working on it sucks, revising it sucks.

There are line editors, copy editors, content editors.  There are people who will make covers, who will format the book for you, who will even write reviews if you pay them.

Is there such a thing as a blurb-writer?

If not, could there be?

Yeah, probably not.  Ah, well, it was nice to dream.

So, all of that can be worked on while waiting for feedback from the beta readers.

And once I hear from them it’s good to go, right?

Wrong.

Once I hear from them there will be another round of editing and revising based on their comments.

Then there will be some time for me to sit and stare at it and think about more revisions and tweaks and…

And eventually I’ll have to say “enough is enough” and format it to upload to Amazon and Smashwords.

And if history repeats itself I’ll be feeling miserably tense through the whole process (and backing up each stage in case I screw it up), and my hands will be shaking as I push the upload button.

Someday — maybe by the time I finish the Academy of the Accord series — I won’t be nervous when I send a book out into the world.

Maybe.

 

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2 responses to “Now What?

  1. I don’t know why, but I’ve always been able to hammer out blurbs easily. At least for my own works. I don’t know why. I was really surprised when CLP kept my original blurb for “Puck’s Choice”. I suspected they might try to change it, but they didn’t.

    As for cover artists. I love Kat Mellon’s work. She has a portfolio of her work on her site, here. She’s really easy to work with and used to (I’m not positive if she still does) accept payments.

    Front matter. Dreaded front matter. I hate it and love it. I hate it because it’s tedious. I love it because it doesn’t change often. I have a copy saved in Notepad that I just copy within my final work and format to fit the rest of the book. Easy peasy. 🙂 I’m going to be going through this next month as I get ready to release my poetry collection, “Days of Stars”. 🙂

    • A lot of people recommend Kat Mellon. I’ll have to check her out.

      As for front matter: exactly! I just copy and paste from a “holding” file into the doc when I’m read to start formatting.

      Good luck with the poetry collection!

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