Saturday, January 27, 2018

Writer's $ense: Is My Book Ready?

Yesterday, I used the WORD's handy feature to listen to my book. This great tool helped me finesse the final (hopefully) edit of my first novel. It allowed me to pick 'the lint and sticky stuff' out of my book. Many writers praise the exercise of reading your work aloud. This practice doesn't work for me. I substitute missing words and read words that don't exist. WORD reads the story as written and it is written. This editing drill helps on multiple levels. I find sequencing errors, conversation gaps, missing words, verb incongruities, just to name a few.

After reading articles, collecting checklists, eliciting beta readers, hiring an editor, and listening to my critique group input, my novel reach its final stage. Yes, there is a cover to finalize, acknowledgements to write, a synopsis to polish, a summary to hone, but this book no longer needs my full attention.

My novel may be ready, but there is still much to do. My marketing plan needs tweaking not to mention the calendar for the entire publishing project needs to be written.



Sources to Check:

http://elizabethspanncraig.com/3013/10-ways-to-tell-if-your-book-is-ready-for-publishing/

http://www.lightmessages.com/lmjom/publishing/205-how-do-you-know-you-are-ready-to-publish.html

http://oneyearnovel.com/blog/know-youre-ready-publish/

http://writerunboxed.com/2014/02/08/is-your-book-good-enough-for-publication-a-cold-blooded-assessment/

Saturday, January 20, 2018

2017 Writing Goal Met


My proofreader met with me notes in hand  and a two inch thick manuscript with yellow highlighted words and a questions written in the margin. She validated my locations. She felt one of my characters needed  to reveal her fierceness sooner.

Add to this my biggest supporter and critic, my husband, summed up the main character's frustrations in two sentences. His observation stunned me.  His summation needed to be revealed by the character herself and in the right place in my story.

So, it was  back to the key board. Three days of intense editing and some long thoughts about my main character. I finished, two days before Thanksgiving.

It took three and a half weeks of reading, planning, and a very long conversations with the KDP representation before my book met the Kindle Direct Publishing requirements.

 Take a browse through my newly published book Changing Habits.