The best laid plans

Editing is tough work. Nobody can deny that. But, it's very important work. In this writers opinion, it's the difference between an idea and a plan. An idea can take you as far as you can imagine, but a plan can take you as far as the end goal. Editing is the necessary evil that I think every writer has to confront at one point or another. And for me, it's a beast I've been fighting for quite some time.

For the past year I've been hard at work doing just that; taking the ideas, characters, plotlines and backstories I've written and hacking away at them with a hammer and chisel. It's been a very grueling process and it's made even harder when the editing process involves professionals who are doing the critiquing. It's been a test of patience and commitment, but in the end, it will all be worth it.

That's what I keep telling myself. When I read a bit of feedback that challenges my preferred method of storytelling or I'm told that I'm flat out doing it wrong, it takes a toll. It's verbal blood, sweat and tears.

I'm almost there, and all the feedback and editing are in service of creating a better finished product than I could have ever imagined.

It's all part of the plan.

 

If you have or are currently in the process of editing your own work, what's your experience been like? I'd love for you to share it!


Originally posted August 22nd 2018

Update: May

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by!

It's been a crazy month working on the book. But I'm happy to say that the editing process is going very well! Right now, the manuscript is with a second editor, getting looked at for anything that may have slipped through the cracks. More of a proofread, if you will. The goal is to get a revised draft back in the next two weeks.

After that comes some technical stuff. This includes things like formatting, setting up pages before and after the book (like dedication page, table of contents, etc.) and other technical things. This is where the polish and attention to detail really matters.

When all that's said and done, I'll be uploading the manuscript and cover to do a test print. And if the test print is a success, you can bet a release date will be coming shortly after. This, of course, is assuming everything above happens in a timely manner. I'm crossing my fingers, and working as hard as I can to make sure it all happens soon.

There's a light at the end of the tunnel and for the first time, I can see it! I'll be sure to update you once I have more news to share.

Thanks for reading and thank you even more for your continued support!


Originally posted May 3rd 2018

Update: April 04

Hello all!

As April begins, I thought it would be a good time to give another update on the status of the book. I am currently working on another round of revisions based on a second read-through and round of edits from my editor. Needless to say, this process has been immensely helpful. Time consuming, but immensely helpful. The book is in much better shape than it's ever been and it's got me even more excited to share it with you all.

After I'm finished with this round of edits, I'll be looking to recruit another editor to give it a read through with a fresh pair of eyes. This will help to identify any inconsistencies in the narrative and connect more dots throughout the story.

I'm still aiming for a summer release, which, at this point, seems a little ambitious considering all the work that still needs to be done. But, I'm continually encouraged by your support. This is truly a labor of love and I want it to be done right, more than done on time. But a deadline is a deadline so I will continue to do everything in my power to meet it.

Thanks for reading,

Cheers


Originally posted April 4th 2018

Where's the cover?

Very good question, inquisitive reader.

While I've been hard at work making edits to the book, I have also been working closely with my cover artist to complete the final version of the cover. From what you may have seen on various posts on my Instagram account (and on this blog), the main artwork for the cover, that is, the front and back art, including all the little details and color scheme adjustments, have been completed.

"So what's the hold up?" I hear you asking now. Well, it turns out that the most time consuming part of a cover is, surprisingly, the font. Never could I have imagined that the thing that would be holding up the completion of my cover, is the font. But there's a lot that goes into it; color, style, size, placement, order...and that's not considering the author name of the back cover and spine information. And with thousands of fonts to choose from, many of them just slight variations of others, it can be a bit overwhelming.

But it goes even deeper than that. The importance of the details of a title is not to be taken lightly. A title needs to do many things. It needs to invoke some sort of emotional connection with the reader while also giving them clues to the themes of the story itself. And it needs to draw the reader in. It's the first, and sometimes only, impression made on the potential reader. That's a lot of pressure for just a few words!

So taking all of this into account, I want to make sure my cover, and every little detail of it, is the best it can possibly be. So stay tuned, because the title is very very close to 100% completion. I can't wait to share it with you all.

Thanks for reading :)


Originally posted March 9th 2018

What's happening now

Hello there and thanks for stopping by!

Something I hope to accomplish with this blog is keeping my readers, and potential readers, informed on things happening while the book is in development. So every now and then you'll see posts like this, letting you know what I'm currently doing to get the book ready for release this year! What really makes this journey special is being able to connect with you, the reader, and share as much as I can so you feel a part of it too. Your support is monumental, both during the writing/editing process and during post-release.

Speaking of writing & editing, I have been hard at work implementing edits into the manuscript from my editor. Her and I met on a website called Reedsy, which is a great place to meet all kinds of different editors, no matter what your editing needs are. So far, the changes she's suggested have really helped bolster the overall narrative and I'm excited to see what else she can offer to make the book that much better.

The editing process can be tedious and time consuming, especially at this stage in the game, but I'm staying vigilant to reach my publishing date.

What's your favorite or least favorite part of the creative process?


Originally posted February 14th 2018

We're live!

Welcome to the official blog for the novel The Tower of Blue! Thanks for stopping by. I'm very excited to bring you extra content for this book that I'm working on. Here you can find information on status updates, go behind the scenes of what goes into writing/publishing a book, ask me questions, check out works-in-progress, share your opinions and much more!

If there's something you want to see on the site, please leave a comment and let me know. Thanks again for stopping by!


Originally posted February 1st 2018