It’s a long holiday weekend, so I’ve given myself a day or two off. Shocker, right? I realized on Saturday that it’s been almost two months since I actually put everything down and stopped trying to push my little rock up my little hill. Having a day to just relax — though not easy — felt pretty good.
That’s coming in after a hard week of editing and revision on my novel. I’ve made it through about ten chapters thus far with about twenty to go. I’m looking to have it done by late this week or early next week. The beginning of the novel was a bit rough, but it seems like it reads pretty well, at this point. Fingers crossed.
I’ve picked up a new publication, but I don’t have all the publication particulars quite yet. I’ll announce and link everything here once the whole thing goes live. It might be a little while. In the meantime, it’s all about the editing right now.
Going full bore into editing does present a little bit of a problem for me. Namely, I’d like to continue writing short fiction, but I’m hesitant to split my time. I’d rather go ahead and knock out the novel edit (since it’s the BIGGEST thing) so that I can expand my repertoire of smaller work seeking publication.
As for the novel, you might remember from last week what the journey looks like for me:
- Finish the final draft. (In progress!)
- Find a few “fresh eyes” beta readers.
- Hire and editor to help with final corrections.
- Find an artist for the cover.
- Figure out publication and deployment strategies.
- Publish the book.
- Publicize the hell out of it.
I’ve more or less decided against traditional publication at the point. I think I’d rather maintain creative control over the piece and see how well I can do on my own — though I might encounter some difficulties along the way.
It’s a learning process.