That’s right, you guessed it! I played Mass Effect again! Almost all weekend, except for when the family insisted on watching Iron Man…again.
Isn’t that great?
No. No it isn’t. At least, not for someone who claims they’re trying to finish a novel.
But, it’s in the rearview mirror now. I can’t go back and be productive. And this is the kind of thing I can’t allow to go on if I want to get this novel published sometime this year.
I know what needs to be done, at least in this last pass. I’ve finished the spell check and caught most of those – the ones the spell checker can find and identify, anyway. I need to do a good copy edit too, though, and make sure there aren’t any homonyms/homophones giggling in there. And finding any rough, or difficult, wording would be nice. I don’t write MG or YA fiction*, but the idea of throwing a reader out of the story because of tough word choices or trying to avoid breaking one of the “writing rules” makes me queasy.
I have to design a cover, too. And I have to have a blurb.
I needed to do a cover redesign for one of my previous books, so I spent some time in Photoshop to get that done, hoping it would inspire me on the cover for this book. It didn’t. I still have no idea what I want the cover to be. I have to choose wisely here, because I want to do some author branding, some series branding, and still maintain something professional without being gaudy. Avoiding amateur sounds easy, but without hiring a pro, it’s not. Amateurs put out amateur work, and let’s face it – I’m an amateur. I don’t do graphic- or book cover design for a living, therefore…yeah.
I thought I had a vision for the cover, but when I tried to translate that into Photoshop, it didn’t turn out like I hoped. I have to cough up for a good stock image, and I have to spend real effort and time in making this right. Or, you know, hire a pro, which can be BIG money. (Which, y’know, I don’t have.)
At least I’ll have some guidance on the sales blurbs, and the LOML is working on a new author bio for me. (Ever had to talk about yourself without bragging? For someone as used to self-deprecation as I am, writing good things about myself without sounding like a braggart is difficult work at best.) Dean Wesley Smith’s blog series on writing sales blurbs was a boon for me. As a bonus, it’s still free, but when it’s a book, I’ll get that too. To me, it’s money well spent. Hopefully he’ll put it out in print as well as electronically. I’d like to have it as a workbook or checklist when writing blurbs.
So, final steps? Maybe. But if I stop walking, well…
How’s it by you?
* – “MG” is “Middle Grade” and “YA” is “Young Adult”, for those wondering.