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I'm releasing the book for sale today! The print book will start out being available only on Amazon, and the e-book only on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but I'll be making it available on other platforms as soon as those other platforms complete their review and approval processes.
Formatting of the book hit a few snags, and has been proceeding more slowly than anticipated. I'm currently planning to release three versions of the book relatively soon (hopefully by April 15, and maybe sooner so that people stuck at home during the Covid-19 pandemic can have something new to keep them entertained):
The book is currently in the hands of formatters ("interior design"). Estimating release in March, 2020, perhaps April.
Getting ready to send the book out for final editing. Have I mentioned previously that everything takes way longer than anticipated, especially when you're fitting writing in around a stressful day job with long hours?
The editing process has been way more difficult than writing the first draft. I'm now at the point where the story is what the story is, and I'm just looking to clean up the grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. before getting the book formatted and ready to publish.
My manuscript is finally in the hands of a professional free-lance editor. One step closer to being ready to publish, but how extensive my revisions need to be after getting the editor's comments back will dictate much of what the schedule looks like from here.
I am done with the self-editing and preparing to select a professional editor for final review. Simultaneously preparing the business/legal/financial aspects of publishing a book. Looking forward to getting going on my first comedy videos... I had to put the ideas for those aside for a while.
I'm revising my publishing estimate from Autumn/winter 2017 to at least spring of 2018... The Beta Reader phase took longer than expected, and based on the feedback, I think I'll have more editing to do than I had hoped. I'm contemplating adding a Developmental Editor phase too and coughing up the money , which could delay the release of the book even more. I'll take the estimate off the page headers and direct here to the blog instead.
Meeting with the 3rd of 3 beta readers tonight. From the first 2 beta readers I'd break the comments into 2 categories: Structural Story/plot comments, and writing style comments. There is about a 50-50 split between comments that I think I'll act on, and comments that I think I either disagree with or are a matter of personal taste in literature that I plan to ignore. The structural story/plot changes I mostly have ideas worked out for making changes and I think will be made relatively quickly and easily. It is the writing style issues that have me most concerned... go figure... a structural engineer who does well with the structure of a story, but maybe needs to work on how to communicate the story!
I wrote my novel having not read much literature since high school due to engineering books and building codes dominating my life. I intentionally wanted to write it without first devouring literature so that I made sure the story was mine and mine alone, and that I wasn't mimicking other authors. Since March or so when I finished the Beta reader draft, I've been intentionally "consciously uncoupling" myself from my book in order to allow myself to review it with fresh eyes. During this uncoupling time I've also been devouring famous literature to get a feel for what I do and do not like in my literature, and to get ideas of how to improve my own writing style. My opinions on some of this famous literature has varied wildly... some I've loved, some I've hated and have no idea why it is famous.
Tomorrow (6/18/2017) marks the 6 week period for my manuscript (3rd draft) being in the hands of Beta Readers. It is a bit nerve-wracking opening myself up to judgement and criticism, even if this phase is sharing the book with trusted friends... it is kind of like submitting a resume for a job and then not hearing from that company for a long time. After I get their comments back, it will be on to the next round of editing. Writing the first draft was the easy part. It took a long time because I had to slip it in nights and weekends around a full time, stressful job, plus not letting my interaction with my wife disappear with excessive time in my man-cave writing, but the creativity flowed fairly strongly and smoothly throughout that phase. Editing is tough. Way tougher than writing the first draft. I imagine reading criticism of my writing will be tough too.