The edits for Book 2 (The Hidden Throne) are complete! The manuscript was sent off to my publisher yesterday.
I’m glad to have this book finally done and sent off. Granted, it doesn’t come out until December 2017, but that just means there’s lots of time for polishing and prepping.
What’s up next? Well, lots of things. I need to make edits to Book 3 and Book 4. I need to continue (and complete) Book 5. I’ve got lots of short stories I want to tweak and polish up and set up in the publishing queue (there’s already one lined up to be published in April 2017).
All in all, I’m very excited to have this project done, and it’s got me fired up to move on to others.
Just thought I’d give you guys an update on Book #2. I’m about halfway through the manuscript, plugging right along a few pages at a time. There’s a couple of spots I want to go back and completely rewrite now, but I want to get through the basic edits first.
My current goal is to have Book #2 done and sent off by the end of September. Yeah, it’s not my original goal (which was the end of July), but it still gives my editor plenty of time to go through it (the book won’t be released until next December, after all).
I’m still waiting to hear back from said editor on Book #1. I’m starting to get anxious about it all, since the book release is only three months out (!). I’m still not sure what the metrics are for me to consider the release a success; I guess if folks other than my parents read it, I’ll be happy. I want to try to go to some conventions next year to try to sell it, but we’ll have to see if that’s feasible or not.
In other news, I’ve started another short story set in the Hazzard universe, only this one is told from the perspective of his always-capable assistant, Ellen Typewell. I’m pretty excited about it, even if I don’t have the thing fully plotted just yet. I guess we’ll see where it goes.
I’ve been pretty lazy so far this summer. I spent the first couple of weeks of it sleeping in (or getting up, driving my wife to work, then coming back home and taking a long nap) and binge-watching several shows on Netflix. The past couple of weeks, I’ve been driving for Uber, which has been a novel experience.
Editing has started, though it’s going slowly. I’ve made it to page 11 (of 118) of the manuscript. Admittedly, most of the editing for The Hidden Throne (book 2) will go pretty quick, because this book has already been through three rounds of self-editing. It was the only novel I ended up self-publishing, after all.
I have signed contracts for THT and a short story, both of which will appear sometime next year. So that’s pretty exciting! It does mean I need to get on the stick with the editing.
I’ve got a month or so left before I have to report back to school for teacher inservice. In that time, I should be able to get THT edited, and maybe get some more work done on book 5.
In the meantime, though, I have to go. Season Three of Bojack Horseman ain’t gonna binge-watch itself!
I’m still neck-deep in the first draft of Book 5, but I was chatting with my publisher the other day and she asked when she could expect to see Book 2. She wants to go ahead and get it placed on the calendar for next year. The publisher has added a couple of new authors in the past few weeks, which means more releases, which means forward planning becomes a must.
And that also means that, today, I started going over The Hidden Throne and doing some edits and revisions. It’s going to take some time – there were a couple of plot threads that I left dangling in The Invisible Crown that I want to pick up and weave into Book 2 (see how I extended that metaphor? Yeah, that was good), and just some general clean-up and revision on a book that I haven’t touched in over a year.
I have an uneasy truce with editing. It’s far from my favorite part of writing, but I recognize its importance. Sure, I know an editor will look over the manuscript once I pass it along to the publisher, but it’s sorta like those folks who clean their houses before they have a cleaning service come in to clean. You don’t want the pros thinking you’re a complete slob or crap at this thing, so you do your best to have everything all tidied away and make sure the proverbial underwear isn’t hanging from the metaphorical lampshade when the house cleaners arrive. It’s sorta like that. I’m sure there will still be a few missing words here and there, typos and misplaced commas and run-on sentences and things like that. I’m sure there will be bits that need revision and work when the manuscript gets back to me. But I still want what I send out to be as polished as possible. Plus, there’s the new bits I want to work into it before it goes out.
So, the long and short of it is, I’m in editing mode for the next week or two at least. It’s probably for the best, because I was about to hit a wall in Book 5’s progress, and I need a little time to recharge the ol’ batteries.
Anyway, if you hear a scream of eternal suffering from Northern Virginia, that’s just me editing.