Over the past two weeks or so while I have been waiting for my book to come back from my editor, I have been using that time to begin the next book in the series. I sat down the other night and mapped out each of the scenes, chose the characters who will appear in each of them, and where they will take place. I know that once I get book 1 back, it will take me away from book 2 so I am trying to get a good solid layout on it while I have the extra time. Book 2 is going to be a novella so I am hoping the process will go quickly and smoothly for the most part.
Once I get my edits back, I will once again go through it and read all of her notes, making changes along the way when needed. Once I am happy with the final draft, I will then send it off to my formatter. I still have to finalize all of that as I do not know how long the edits will take me to complete. I received a message from my editor saying that she is really enjoying my book and that there are notes along the way but nothing major as far as story structure and plot go which was a relief!
I have hired my book cover designer and purchased my stock photo!!! I love the photo just as it is so I can’t wait to see it with my title and name on it! I know I will love it even more. I am on their schedule for the week of Oct 3-7. How it will work is I will give her all of my information ahead of time; stock photo, back cover blurb, author bio & photo, links, etc. and on the morning of Oct 3rd, I will be sent my first proof of the cover. She will have designed it beforehand and then we will work together over the next 5 days to make it perfect. I will have 2 proofs to look at in the end. I have been following her covers for months now and love her work so I have no doubt that she will do an amazing job.
Along with the cover design, I have chosen to add a custom title page and chapter headers to match the font that will be on the front cover. I could have just used plain text but as a personal preference, I love the look of matching text throughout and feel like it will just add that extra touch to my book.
The ebook cover will be complete within the week, but I may not get the print cover right away. My title page and chapter headers won’t be available until that week also so I will have to send them off to my formatter to add and complete first. The cover designer will need a final page count for the spine to be just right so it may take an additional week or so.
Once those two things are complete, it really just comes down to uploading the files correctly and lining up everything on Createspace. As a first time author, it may take me a little longer to figure it all out but I won’t give up until it is finished!!
I have been counting down the days until the editing is complete to move forward in the final steps of the process. I have never gotten this far in my writing and I get more and more excited about it each day as the date gets closer to seeing it again.
As of right now, I plan to reveal my cover around the second week of October and my hope is to release the book in November. I know this process is A LOT of work so I am going to accept that it may be December if need be. 2016 is the year I told myself that I would finally have a book in print out in this world and I will work night and day to see that it happens!
I can’t wait to share more of my book with you in the upcoming weeks and finally be able to introduce you to my characters!!