Duilleog is back with the editor. Nikki Rae over at Metamorphosis Editing Services did an excellent job at cleaning up the typos, syntax and formatting errors and helped me identify some really serious point of view issues I had failed to recognise. I’m such a noob. It only goes to show that writing takes practice and without it you suffer.
If I am lucky I will have the second look-over completed in a couple of weeks, made the last corrections, and then I will be able to publish for the Kindle. This will be followed by the Nook, Smashwords and Kobo versions. eBooks are extremely easy to create and having a program like Scrivener makes it more so.
For those wanting an actual paperback of the story, I’m sorry, but you will need to wait a little bit as I sort out the formatting. When you self-publish the author has to do all the work for formatting the book and creating the cover. You could pay for someone to do that for you but that is just more money. And, anyway, I consider my designing skills to be “not too bad” and I am proud of my designed covers. Formatting for Amazon CreateSpace is a simple process but it takes time, attention to all the little details, and it is all online and you won’t really know if you got it right until you get your hands on the author copy to verify the product before letting it go to print. All this takes time, time, and more time (and the delays due to snail mail). So maybe mid-July for the paperback version?
The final revision is in the works! My editor returned my manuscript and I am digging in. The revision is not too bad. Less work than I thought except for Part Two. That section has a point of view flaw that I need to fix and it will be a timely one. No worries though. That is what revisions are all about: making sure the story is ready for print.
Best case scenario is looking at perhaps a month of work. Then I need to decide if I return the manuscript to the editor for a last ‘once over’.
Anyway, I have a move back to Canada to plan. School work to focus on. A new job to consider in Ottawa. Many things on my plate. So say we all.
I finally have my first novel, Duilleog, in with the editor over at Metamorphosis Editing. I’m pretty excited about it. The revision work took me a long time to do but only because I was finding it hard to find time to actually sit down and do the work. But it’s done and it’s in and I can kind of relax now for a bit and focus on other projects. Such as moving back to Canada with my family.
You might be interested to note that after I sent the novel to Metamorphosis I sat down to just read my story while trying to reach a place of “reader” rather than “writer” and I was successful for a little while. I actually enjoyed reading my own novel! Go figure. Then I found more typos and that was it – back to editing again. There is a certain pleasure in having completed the amount of work that goes into a novel at this stage in its creation. I’ve written over 112,000 words in this novel and about 50,000 words written in the second novel (Stoc). And I complain when I have a 4,000 word essay due for my course. Too funny.
Anyway, the novel should hopefully be back by the end of the month. Then I can make the recommended changes and THEN I can finally publish it. So mid-May is looking pretty good for now. I’ll let you know. Promise.