I’ve received a few emails from you guys asking “When will the book be ready?”
Soon, I promise! Honestly!
But here’s a quick look at the whole process to show you why Swift Escape isn’t out yet. It’s a bad excuse, I know, but at least it offers some explanation 🙂
Here it goes. (Feel free to skip lines 1–40 😉 I won’t mind.)
- Plotting: I’m not great at it yet, which is why I sometimes need to trash many thousands of words. It’s a bad mistake, and many writers will understand this. I’ll work on it for my next book.
- Finishing the first draft.
- Rereading again.
- Deleting a lot of stuff.
- Rewriting again.
- Reading a few more times, with corrections and self-editing.
- Taking a few weeks to “let it be” and doing something else: plotting or researching another book, reading a book by a different author, or doing something totally not book-related like swimming in the ocean!
- Reading my book again.
- Hating it! Wanting to delete all copies and backups of it on all computers because it sucks!
- One day later, changing my mind, realizing that deleting it would be dumb.
- Rewriting: Fixing plot holes and working on deepening the characters.
- Reading the book and rethinking the story again.
- Spending a few months on more rewriting.
- Finishing the rewrite and feeling quite happy with it.
- Sending it to my developmental editor.
- Getting feedback from my dev. editor a few weeks later.
- Digesting the feedback for several days.
- Rewriting the book to incorporate the feedback.
- Spending a few months removing, rewriting, and fixing logical errors and flat characters.
- Reading it again, with a few last rewrites.
- Sending it to my editor for copy/line editing.
- Waiting for a few weeks but being too nervous to start writing anything else.
- Getting feedback from my copy/line editor several weeks later.
- Starting another rewrite based on the comments and corrections. This usually takes a few weeks, since it still includes some small storyline edits.
- Giving my manuscript to my treasured beta readers, including my home-based editor aka my husband.
- Finishing the rewrite based on the copy/line editor’s feedback and waiting to hear from the beta readers.
- Incorporating feedback from the beta readers – a few days.
- Incorporating feedback from my husband – several weeks.
- Getting really, really tired of my book. (This is where I am now.)
- Finishing adapting the super-useful feedback from my extremely detail-oriented husband.
- Sending the manuscript to my copy/line editor for a final proofread.
- Writing the blurb, designing illustrations, and writing pre- and post-novel text.
- Completing the book within a few more weeks.
- Sending the manuscript to a different proofreader (fresh eyes!) for the really final check.
- After another few weeks, the book is REALLY finished.
- Reading the book one last time, making sure it’s exactly how I want it.
- Publishing: Usually with Amazon kdp. Usually within five mins.
Why am I telling you all of this?
In the end, the book needs to be the BEST it possibly can be. The best I can possibly make it.
If I read it and realize there are still things I don’t like, I will need to revise it. And I will keep working on it until every single word is exactly as I want it. Because you—my readers—you deserve it to be the best that I can make it for you and nothing less.
So, yes, the book is late. I wanted to have Swift Escape ready for Xmas 2016 (ha ha!), but at that time it didn’t read as I wanted it to.
Although there’s been a slight delay, the novel you get will be better for it.
All right, enough of blogging. Time for more writing!