I’ve completed the first pass at this novel. Now I’ll spend the rest of the month proofreading and editing it. It came in very close to the size I was aiming for and I found that to be a comfortable word count. Once I’ve got it polished, then I’ll create the ePub and make the recording. We reached this stage later than I hoped we might. I was hoping for a longer time to do the polishing and publishing, leaving me a nice rest period before starting the next one. Life happened, though, and here we are, doing it at full speed instead of at the nice relaxed pace I was looking forward to.
I’ve finished editing the ebook and I’m satisfied that it’s ready for release. Now I’m into the recording of it. Now that the first few chapters are done, my voice is shaking of the rust and settling into its usual resonant timbre. I’m pushing it. I want to get it done within a couple of weeks so I’ve compressed the schedule a bit.
I always forget about this stuff when I’m writing the novel. It’s only when I get to the point where it’s ready to convert that I remember that I have to put this stuff in. That would be things like the copyright notice and the acknowledgements in the front of the book, and the more personal stuff at the back. Then there’s the blurb. So I’ll get this done, then I can finish up, right? Oh, yeah, wait. The cover. I have to create the cover, then it’ll be ready. And the ISBN. Mustn’t forget the ISBN. Nobody will take a book seriously if it doesn’t have one of those.
Okay. I’ll be right back. Just need to do a few things …
I have finished the epilogue to the novel, Sunward, and stitched it onto the end of the book. That completes the Plainsrunner trilogy, comprising the novels The Plainsrunner, The Prime, and finally, Sunward. I’ll spend the rest of this week editing and polishing the epilogue before beginning the process of conversion into ebook forms.
This one comes in at over seventy-five thousand words. I was aiming for seventy thousand, so I guess that’s not bad. The next one will be shorter, I promise.
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.