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The proofreading and editing is done and now comes the scary part, when I declare it ready for conversion to ebook form. That means I have to feel sure that it is well-polished enough to release into the world where everyone can see it. You just have to tell yourself that it’s fine and you haven’t left anything that will cause the world to point at you and laugh.
Next week I will complete the epilogue and tack it on, then convert it to PDF, ePub and Mobi, with an appropriate cover image of course. Once that’s done, it will be on to the audio recording.
Some time before the end of the year I will take some time off.
Credit Astro Alex – CC-BY-SA
I’ve written the final chapter of my current novel, Sunward. Now it’s time for proofreading, first this final section, then the book as a whole. After that I’ll complete the epilogue and then head on to formatting and other presentation matters. Writing the story is only step one. Let me think. Do I remember how to get an ISBN? What about the cover image? Wish me luck.-)
Part three of Sunward, the third part of the Plainsrunner trilogy, has been proofread and edited. I got what I wanted said in about the length i thought it should be. Now it’s been all marked up by my red pen and set aside for later. It will get further attention when I proof and edit the whole book.
I’ve made a good start on the final part this week, and I see no reason why there should be any problem finishing in a reasonable time. As for my characters, things have turned serious for them and they’re going to have to take some risks if they want to get out of the hole they dug for themselves.
The end is in sight.
We’re at the halftime intermission in the writing of Sunward, the final novel in The Plainsrunner trilogy. Time to assess progress and make plans for the second half. It’s what people do, right?
As usual, I’m enjoying writing this book. I always wonder before starting whether it will come easily, and whether I will get swept up in it. As always, the answers are yes. Whenever I sit down in the morning and pick up a pen, the words come. As soon as I get a good opening sentence, I’m good for the day. Also as always, I’m having a lot of fun seeing where the characters want to take me. It’s a case of telling them where we have to be, and then following them around as they take us there. Not that they have completely free rein. Sometimes I have to be firm with them.
I’m glad that I enjoy writing these novels. If I was relying on sales and reviews and other feedback, then I might have lost interest long ago. I got really good responses to the Green Comet trilogy, probably because I actively shared it with a Creative Commons license. With books two and three, I shared them as I wrote them, maintaining the interest of a good body of readers. This second trilogy is another experiment where I’m trying to sell it on commercial sites under a more restrictive copyright. That makes it harder to share, particularly as it is written, and that makes it harder to engage readers. Fortunately, I still enjoy writing, so I’ll keep plugging away. The books might sit on the shelf, possibly for a long time, but it’s not as if they’re going to go bad, is it?
Time to pick up a pen and start writing the second half. Another three or four months to completion.