Hey, gang, guess what? I got my book back from the editor I hired a couple weeks back. I found her name on a writer’s forum I visit, and she was offering a really great rate for her services. So, I reached out, she had an opening, and I sent it off to her for proofing and copy editing.
And she came back with some very nice words for me, which I found very encouraging.
So, she’s either really good at encouragement for her clients, or I do a nice job cleaning up my work before it reaches a copy editor. I prefer to believe the last, but…well.
Now, I have to get busy. And I do mean busy. There’s so much left to do it’s overwhelming. I’ve invested in an editor – you really need one if you’re an author, but I have a post about that I can let fly someday; suffice to say, you need a copy editor – for the first time, but there’s still a cover to commission or create, for both print and electronic formats. There’s branding to consider, which makes a pre-made cover less appealing, too.
Then I have to think about formatting for print. That’s not as easy as a lot of people think it is, and if you pay someone to do it, you can run up quite a bill there too. I’m leaning toward using bookow.com for my formatting here. I might use them for the ebook formatting too, though I could do it myself, but I have a few questions about things like table of contents creation. I’ll send an email asking about that stuff soon.
Then I have to determine the exact page count once everything’s done. I can generate a print PDF for creation of the physical copies then. But I have to get my other ducks in a row too. So, time…more time.
In the meanwhile, there are other irons in the fire. I’m starting to really think about how I want the first book in this series to shape up. I’ve started to consider what my other series – the Scales of Justice series, if you want to know (or even if you don’t) – should be like, about, develop into.
And I’m starting to kick around the idea of writing western horror. I love westerns. And horror in that setting? Well! How much better can it be? No all-seeing cameras, satellites, and media. No ever-present cell phones to call for help. Heck, the closest thing to phones available is telegraphs, and those are wired communications. No cars to flee in, only horses and carriages. Lots of scary things get scarier under those circumstances, I think.
And I also had an idea for a recurring character. It didn’t solidify in my mind very well, but it’s there, lingering. I think it could be a sort of fun character to throw into those situations, so we’ll see if yet another series has been born. Time will show.
And if I branch out into western horror, I think I might need a pen name for that.
Maybe I should come up with another one and write erotica. Just so I can see myself on the front pages of Amazon searches. (Just kidding. I’m lousy at erotica anyway.)
So, have yourself a merry little weekend. Remember, Christmas is only 90 days away now. Tick-tock, tick-tock…