Yesterday afternoon my second proofreader finished Dead Romeos, and this morning I will make her corrections, then send it on to my last proofreader. With any luck at all, the book should be out by the end of this coming week.
I know many writers who seem to agonize over every page of a manuscript but that’s never been an issue for me. Writing a book is just the first step, and for me, it’s the easiest part of the whole process. When I get close to finishing a book, I have Elizabeth Mackey design the cover for me. Once the book is done, it goes to Miss Terry for the first round of editing and proofreading, and then on to the others. I have three excellent proofreaders and working my way through all of the changes they suggest is time-consuming. Once that’s all done, it takes a day to format the e-book version and get it ready to go.
Meanwhile, during the editing and proofing stages, I am writing the first chapter of the next book in the series to include at the end of the new release as a teaser and getting my authors newsletter ready to send out to my subscribers. Once a book has been out for a couple of weeks as an e-book, and hopefully somebody doesn’t point out a typo that we all missed, I have it formatted in print and bring that edition out also. And along the way, I’m busy promoting the new book on social media and in my blog.
And when that’s all done, I take a deep breath and start working on a brand-new book! It may seem like a never-ending cycle, but I love every minute of it.
So, what did I do yesterday? I wrote the first chapter of the next book in the John Lee Quarrels series, The Road To Wrinkle Ranch. When she finished proofing it, Miss Terry said it really got her attention. And when I shared it in one of my online author groups, my friend Carol Ann Newsome of the Dog Park mysteries replied “my goodness.” I asked her if that was a “good” my goodness or a “what the hell were you thinking” my goodness”? Her reply was; both.
Today I will get the newsletter ready to go, so that when the book goes live all I have to do is drop in the links and send it out. If you have not subscribed to my authors newsletter yet, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add you to the mailing list. It’s free, and I never spam you or share your information with anyone else. It’s just a way for me to share news of my books, my life as a writer, and occasionally what some of my author friends are up to, as well.
And finally, here’s another chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
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Thought For The Day – Apparently RSVPing back to a wedding invitation ‘Maybe next time’ isn’t the correct response.