At least, that’s how I like to think of my writing career.
If my blog posts have been making me seem…prolific…lately, understand it’s all smoke and mirrors. I could never blog full-time. Ideas for posts come in waves. I might draft and schedule and save ten posts one day and then not even think of another one for a month. This website’s purpose is to connect with readers and let you know what I’m up to.
But what I’m up to…is pretty consistent (and not very good fodder).
My pattern is to write a first draft in some crazy tight schedule (usually less than a month). Then I spend about double the time on editing the first draft on my own. After I’m sure I won’t embarrass myself, I send the book to my CP’s (critique partners) for their opinions. I’ll incorporate changes and fix the glaring problems that I didn’t see. And then, in the case of my True North series, I send the ms (manuscript) off to my freelance editor.
She reviews the entire book and sends me back her ideas and suggestions and once more I get back to work. Finally, after reading the book at least three more times, I’ll upload it to Amazon and let you know about the pre-order. It’s all very glamorous and exciting (and if you miss the sarcasm then let me paint you a picture of a very stressed out 30 something in sweats and no make-up sitting around, sometimes staring off into space, sometimes typing furiously, and always muttering to herself).
This has been my process for both Anchored in the Bay (True North Book 1) and very nearly for Tiny Island Summer (True North Book 2) with the exception that Kindle Press handled the pre-order page for me. Once I have everything ready to go on On the Rocks (True North Book 3) and Off the Dock (True North Novella 3.5), I’ll let you know here. I’m working hard on those and can’t wait to share them both with you.
In the meantime, it’s back to work for me…