I’m closing in on the finish line and I feel pretty good.
The novel shrunk by more than six thousand words and about sixteen pages. At first, as the numbers shrank, I felt a little nervous, all of that fear around cutting too much. In that last third of the book, I had momentum around the cuts and it felt more and more right. In fact, I feel like I really tightened up the book overall, particularly the last third. Previous drafts had a little too much bouncing around toward the end where my main characters are supposed to be tracking down the murderer.
This morning as I finished up my last couple hours of editing, I felt, for the first time, like I was getting close to finishing the novel. By finishing, I mean getting the book “done” as opposed to just finishing the most recent draft. That’s a good feeling.
I still have some questions to answer for myself, mostly ones posed by my editor and I figure the best way to answer those is to experience the book again as a reader. That will also give me the best sense of how the changes I made are affecting the book overall. So my next step is to read the book.
Next steps to finalize the content:
- Have a beta reader give it a quick, gut-check read through.
- Do my own gut-check read through.
- Make a final determination on some of the issues I’m still sitting on the fence on.
- Spot fix anything that jumps out from 1-3.
My goal is to have 1 & 2 done by 11/20 and 3 done by 11/20 or 11/22. I am still aiming at having all of the book content in the can by 12/1. Really, to have the whole book done by 12/1.
By whole book, I mean the content and all of the things that need done beyond the content. To that end, I’ve made good progress on the cover. I’ve got the mock-up I posted about and another version with more stylized fonts. The photo shoot for the final version is scheduled for this coming Saturday. I am “officially” strongly leaning toward Murder & Mochas as the title, although Death & Omelets is running a fun second. I’ve also got a draft written for both my Dedication and Acknowledgments.
The rest of the tasks to finalize the whole project:
- Finalize cover.
- Finalize title.
- Finalize Dedication.
- Finalize Acknowledgements.
- Write back cover synopsis.
- Write short blurb.
- Write author bio.
- Plan book launch party.
I’m probably forgetting one or two things, but that list looks like plenty! Still a lot of work to do, but right now I’m not feeling daunted by it. I am feeling excited because I can finally see myself closing in on completing this project!
Okay, so the next big decision is do I read on paper or a kindle? But I take tonight off.