Hi! This past week has been unusually busy due to catch-up work in the wake of the storm. But Separation of Faith is now in the hands of iUniverse (the publisher) again for the all-important copyedit. That will take 3-4 weeks, they tell me, so I’ll use that time to hopefully complete the reduction edit of Cinnamon.
Once the copyedit process is complete, the iUniverse Editorial Review Board will need to pass final judgment on my novel to officially secure the Editor’s Choice designation. Then the book will go into production; we’ll start working on the cover; marketing and promotion plans will heat up; and today’s to-do list will start to look like a vacation by comparison. But I can’t wait!
This was one of those weeks where I had a lot of “waiting” time in various places. But because the edit I just finished was done on the hard copy, my mini-netbook didn’t fit in this go-’round–and the manuscript is too cumbersome to carry with me. So I did a lot of blog and reference reading instead. Here are the highlights, which I hope will be helpful (or at least of interest) to you.
Anyone who’s following this blog and/or interested in considering an alternate publishing path should check out this article in Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/2008/07/17/authors-amazon-iuniverse-tech-ebiz-cx_sm_0718authors.html). The featured author, Elle Newmark, first published her novel with iUniverse, as I’m doing. She’s also a more “mature” woman as I am. So there’s plenty of inspiration for all of us going after The Dream, regardless of how long we’ve been in pursuit.
If you read the Forbes article, I also encourage you to read the 7-part interview with Kevin Weiss, President of iUniverse (http://www.sramanamitra.com/2008/07/10/opportunity-within-the-long-tail-of-book-authors-iuniverse-ceo-kevin-weiss-part-1/). The more enlightened we can become about what’s going on in the publishing world, the more effective we can be in tailoring our individual paths to The Dream. And Weiss does a good job of broadening that perspective.
Finally, with respect to the promotion side of our Journeys, take a look at “10 Things You Can Do Now to Promote the Novel You Haven’t Even Sold Yet” by Gina Holmes: http://noveljourney.blogspot.com/2010/03/10-things-you-can-do-now-to-promote.html.
Here are two links to articles with tips to help improve our writing:
- A Voice Journal for Character Development: http://www.alanrinzler.com/blog/2010/02/25/the-writers-toolkit-a-voice-journal-for-character-development/.
- Tips for Blending in the Backstory: http://www.alanrinzler.com/blog/2010/02/08/ask-the-editor-tips-for-blending-in-the-backstory/. For those of you who’ve been following me, you know that the backstory issue in Separation of Faith led to several editing cycles over the last four months. So I found this article particularly pertinent.
- This blog: 1625 (1520 last report)
- My website: 36,150 (35,922 last report)
These should both start moving more dramatically once I begin my pre-release promotion for Separation of Faith in about six weeks.
Hope you all have a great weekend. I’ll look forward to hearing from you and to running into you as a tag surf over the next few days.