Author’s Log 2607.20

I’ve been working through my final edit of book one, A Fool’s Errand. It has started slowly but am now getting to build momentum.

Being my first time receiving an editor’s feedback on a fiction manuscript there’s been a lot of things to get sorted out in regards to how I process the inputs and move through the work.

This weekend has been productive and I feel that I’m making serious headway. I’m behind on my schedule by about 30 chapters but we’ll see what happens from now on it.

I also released my podcast about the writing process, called of course, In All Jest. Find it here.

Key Work of Late:

  • Editing A fool’s errand
  • Approving the cover design for Book Two.
  • Starting the In All Jest podcast, and I’ve now recorded and published four episodes.

Author’s Log 0807.20

It’s been a hectic time of late. A lot of fun as well.

Since my last note I became fully immersed in book 2 and was making some good progress. I knew that would end when the manuscript for A Fool’s Errand came back from my editor but it was actually really helpful to get me back into the world addressing new challenges and topics.

I received the manuscript back and I think I handled it well. I couldn’t have asked for a better editor, his process and delivery was so good for me. As this was the first time through this for a fiction novel it was quite a different process for me and I’ve enjoyed it completely.

Me being me I created a spreadsheet of everything he raised, grouped it by Character/Item or Setting and then reviewed each, adding in solutions or answers so I could address them all logically.

I’ll talk more about this in an episode of the podcast. Wait, what? Yes that’s right I’m releasing a new podcast about this series and my writing journey.

After my review and work we met again and discussed what I proposed to work on and now it’s head down working through the whole manuscript.

I’m on a tight schedule and putting myself under pressure to get the book delivered when i want.

Key Work of Late:

  • Writing more of Book 2, and loving the new scenes
  • Deciding on the new cover and title for it.
  • Getting my manuscript back
  • Creating a work list of fixes, discussing with my editor
  • Working on the manuscript of Book 1 for the final write
  • Oh yeah setting up the new In All Jest Podcast – stay tune… see what I did there

Author’s Log 3005.20

Since the manuscript for A Fool’s Errand went off to my editor, I think I’ve gone crazy only three times so far. I don’t have many finger nails left either 🙂

In truth after a couple of weeks of pretending I wasn’t a writer, I have been busy reading the book on my kindle app, to get a feel for it after a break, and more importantly dug book two out of the cupboard, and started back on it.

I’ve also been planning out a new podcast I am starting all about the process I’ve been through and I’ll talk more about how my first draft became two books in an episode of that. Stay tuned for that.

I’ve been applying the processes I developed through the editing of A Fool’s Errand to put the nearly 90,000 words of book two into shape, and revisiting some characters I introduced there whom I love.

I have three weeks messing about on this before I get the original manuscript back and then it will be a race to get the book ready for my beta readers and proof reader.

I’ve been starting to look at some of the marketing strategies for the launch in September, and while I won’t be making a huge fuss of it, I’ll be wanting to get it out there.

Current plan is a September launch and then April 1 launch for book 2.

Key Work of Late:

  • Reviewing Book 2 manuscript
  • Outlining the existing book 2 manuscript and filling in some of the missing elements
  • Reviewing character profiles and the map
  • Sending off a brief for the book 2 cover
  • Working out when I’ll release the map and cover for book 1