For about a year I live with this new book banging around in my head. Then the next year I cough it up onto my C Drive, research, research, research–write, write, write. If you write anything and want it polished, the next step is that phase we lovingly call editing. So some weeks go into that.
The big leap is submitting it. That’s usually a few weeks of pacing like a tiger in a zoo and a lot of monologues.
“Will they take it? Of course, they will. But what if they hate it?”
“Why don’t I hear? I should have heard by now. The book’s not good. I should have written something else.”
There are a lot more of these, but you might already be familiar with them if you’ve gone through this process.
Then the email comes and it’s a “Yes.”
I sign the contract. They set the publication date and viola! But that’s not the end, is it? No. Now just before publication, I have all that scheduling to do, all that shouting about this newest addition to my list.
So here I am in the final weeks just before publication. I can tick off several jobs as done, but I still gasp at what’s left.
My first Giveaway is complete thanks to those of you who were here every week in August for my Character Reveal. Thank you again for sticking it out a whole month. September, I set up a series of posts that tell more about the background for this book, finally, I could reveal the title was Shattered: A Story of Betrayal and Courage. I wanted to be sure the publisher didn’t change it. I’ve had that happen before.
The cover art comes next, but before it arrives…You guessed it. More pacing. Will it be something I love? What if I hate it? When will it come?
I still don’t have the specific pub date, so I have to guess a bit about when to do certain promotional bits. But I’m very practiced in tiger-pacing, that’s what I’ll do until I know about these final details and all of the scheduling is in place.
If you write for publication, do you relate to any of this? What do you do just before publication?