(Cover art by Chris Howard)
I’ve been performing my own editing and rewriting pass, with significant feedback from my spouse, since February. In that time, Dame Jessamine’s quest has undergone drastic improvement. The manuscript lost a few thousand words, gained them back, and lost them again: 88,000 words across 22 chapters at the moment.
September marks the beginning of the second major editing pass! After I’ve acted on RJ’s feedback, I’ll perform an additional “sanity” pass or two- actually printing out the whole darn thing at least once- before declaring the manuscript ready for publishing. Given this is my first novel, and I’ve yet to experience the full spectrum of quirks regarding ebook generation and uploading to vendors, I don’t want to commit to a solid release date. I still hope to publish the ebook by late 2014, or early 2015. A paperback version may take longer, but is also something I intend to do via Amazon’s CreateSpace service.
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In the sliver of time between now and September, I’ve been tackling a few side projects:
- A short story (I’m targeting 6-8,000 words) to introduce the Sword and Starship universe. Blood’s Force editing takes precedence, so there’s no ETA for this story. Whenever it’s ready, I’ll make it available for free.
- Retooling the CSS and HTML for my main website. It looks prettier, and uses HTML5! That may not mean much to you, but I can’t describe how awesome it is to start over with files that aren’t cluttered with seventeen custom DIV classes. My next order of business is to make the site friendlier for small screens- although early feedback indicates the site looks good as-is on some mobile devices.
- Studying up on the kind of front- and backmatter an ebook novel should have, and where. For instance, a table of contents at the front seems obvious, right? Well, many ebook makers throw the TOC at the end, so that the book sample Amazon, B&N, etc. shows the customer has more actual story in it.
- Learning how to write good marketing copy and blurbs. This is so outside my skillset, but critical to get right! I’ll be working at it for years to come, I’m sure.
That’s where I stand currently. I hope you’re as glad to hear about this milestone as I am to reach it!
Any words of advice or encouragement? Feel free to drop me a line in the comments!