Thursday, January 3, 2013

The book is done…

This is the last entry covering my book writing process for publishing a book in 5 months! I’ve written, edited, proofread, and now only need it to be peer reviewed before I’m ready to start on sending it out to publishers. So this time I’m going to post my whole calendar/agenda of my past few months of writing and editing.

So as you can see, I spent just a few days over three months working with this book. It’s kinda small for a novel (54,944 words), which I am a little worried about since, from what I’ve seen, most publishers are looking for novels around the 50,000–100,000 word mark, so this novel just barely makes it in that range. We’ll see though. I’m hoping for the best.

This has been a really awesome experiment though, to set a daily goal, leading up to having a whole book written in five months, with me making it in three! I’ve achieved my goals for the most part, though I thought the story was going to be longer than it actually turned out to be, but I’m really happy with the finished product and how quick I was able to write it. I’d recommend trying a similar experiment to anyone, adjusting the daily pages written according to your own schedule. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from this experience, it is that if you stick to it daily, you can write and finish a book in a surprising amount of time!

So what’s next for me? Well, the book is being peer reviewed currently, and that will take some time. During the wait, I recently had an awesome idea for another book come to me two weeks back. I’ve written out notes for the concept, but I’m anxious to get started plotlinning that story, so I’ll work on that while my friends read my book. After they send the book back, it’s one more round of proofreads; and then, I’ll write up summaries, query letters, marketing plans, etc. and ship it out to publishersthen wait for a great long time until they start getting back to me.

Anyways, just wanted to mention thanks for keeping up with me here on my blog. Seeing the number of views helped remind me that I had better keep my word on writing daily. No one likes to look like a hack I suppose, so having you guys watching my progress gave me a sense of responsibility and helped me many a day to put my nose to the grinding wheel and to write.

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