Author’s Log 2204.20

Well the time has arrived, and today the manuscript for A Fool’s Errand has gone off to my editor. For a first time author this is quite a big moment. It’s both exciting and a little nerve racking.

One of the challenges in transitioning from “I’m writing a book” to “publishing a book” is being able to let go. Handing the book over to someone else to review, edit and critique is a personal challenge, but it’s the only way to get the book done.

There’s always a moment in any project where you have to say that enough is enough and it has to be set free. This week that happened for me and now I get to sit nervously and wait on what comes back.

In fact now I have to catch up on all the things I put off, like fixing some things on this site, reworking my newsletter and in general preparing for publishing.

What happens next?

  1. I get to wait for the best part of 2 months for the manuscript to come bacl
  2. I then review and re-edit the manuscript based on the feedback and changes suggested
  3. When it’s ready it will be going to both my Beta readers and also my proof reader
  4. I get that all back within 4 weeks
  5. I review and do any editing required
  6. It gets published!

I’ll be cleaning up the wiki I have for the series, starting to pull out book 2 and start my story grid spreadsheet on that in preparation for taking the 80,000 odd words already written and building out a full novel from it.

Key Work of Late:

  • Editing the book
  • Chewing my nails