Midnight has passed and I'm sitting in my usual place at the laptop in my homage to writing. Up to chapter 12 now in my final re-working of WOTW. I've said before how the writing part is the easiest and you may not believe me but after it comes so much more.
For WOTW I've written 7 versions so far, this is my 8th. For each I've read the entire novel adding, subtracting, polishing and correcting as I go. Every time without fail I find another weak section or inconsistency and they're still appearing.
Following number 6, I paid for a proof editor because no matter how much you think you see - you don't. After that came the contract with the illustrator, who I hope is finishing his part of this enterprise as I write. Following the proof edit, for reasons I won't go into here, I needed another edit and I thank the Lord for friends like Karen.
At the recent Whitlit event an author informed us that she writes a story structure outlining each chapter and scene. I've started to employ this strategy. It's so helpful looking backwards and forwards through the story to find out where scenes are without guessing where things are and wading through hundreds of pages. I can recommend this practice.
Thanks again to Karen for another structural element. I realise now my timeline isn't very strong in places and down-right missing in others. Alongside my story structure I've started a timeline and already altered the whole time frame of the plot as a result. It's more believable now.
For anyone interested, in addition to the above, to produce an actual book or E-book you need an ISBN. This is the number which identifies the book for any book seller, distributor etc. In England there is one agency with the official title of ISBN numbers supplier (there are others but I've heard their code numbers are not accepted by the Big Boys i.e Waterstones etc). Naturally you have to pay for this. In order to complete their form they request a website address - hence my initiation into cyberspace. I have a Domain name now (yes you have to pay for that!) Later when my book is printed I will need to pay Weebly, the company hosting my website, for the pleasure of using my own domain name.
After the ISBN there comes another paid proof edit and then a formatter to arrange the pages for both kindle and hard copy. From there it's a hop and a skip to the printers who I pay to print the book.
After I hold the completed edition in my hand I will need to organise a book launch and signing events to promote my work and sell copies. I don't expect change from £3,000 or any profits on the first print run. If WOTW sells well, it'll give me the incentive to finish the sequel Gristle's Revenge. If not, I'll be working to publish Aquasapien - Metamorphosis instead.