Elf Mastery Blog
I wanted to do a paper edit as I find it easier than editing everything on the computer. Plus, I can take it out and work outside if it's a nice day. So I was going to have it printed at Staples, but it was going to cost a fortune! (I think it was over $100). I found another place that would do it for about $40. It was enough printing that I would use a full cartridge if I did it myself. But, I managed to get a bound softcover for only $6.50. Odd to me that it was so much cheaper to print a proof than just print the pages off. Anyway the cover still isn't done so I mocked one up and have started going through and marking it up with a pencil. Definitely a lot easier and more fun to edit this way! I will be ot of town for a few days but hope to finish this edit by the end of next week. Cover may not get done until May due to delays, but hopefully I can launch as soon as it is ready.
Edit 9 is complete! I do think I want to do Edit 10 before seeking beta readers, as I need to reorganize a few scenes for pacing purposes. I will be pulling scenes one by one from Scrivener into Word. Scrivener was nice for doing scene work and organization, but doesn't have a lot of the editing and formatting options I like in Word. I'm a bit mixed on how I feel about the Scrivener program overall. It does a few tasks very well, but omits others. Or perhaps I don't know how to use it well enough yet.
Regardless, I feel like I am almost there! Still a few scenes that will need adjustment for tone and feeling. There are some more complex ideas here than in Elf Mastery and I want to make sure they are clearly and emotionally expressed.
Have a Happy Easter!
Edit 9 is going much more quickly than 8, and I hope to be done by the end of the week. I do need to write a scene or two, and reorganize a few things, and then should be ready for beta reading. I don't know that I'm going to do as extensive a beta read or marketing campaign as I did with Elf Mastery, as this book (Elf Doubt) is something of a launch toward Book 3 (Elf Righteous) and it seems odd to push it on its own. Will probably have 3-4 beta readers look it over and then make adjustments before I do edits 10 and 11.
Holy shnot that took longer than I expected. Edit 8, which I expect (and hope) to be the most extensive edit, is over.
But the editing is not yet complete. Edit 9 will involve me going through each character's arcs and making sure they are coherent. A couple likely need scenes added. Some will be deleted.
Edit 10 will be my sensory edit. This means I will look at sensory details and descriptions and make sure they are 1) short and 2) engaging. I try to use minimal description to maximum effect. Please note that this doesn't mean I'm good at it.
Edit 11 will be an emotion edit. Are characters behaving in ways that appropriate to both their situation and their character?
After that I should finally be ready for proofing (getting the book printed with the cover, and check for more mundane mechanical errors).
Well, I ended up making the picture for the back cover myself. Hoping it turns out okay - my cover designer may still have me make a few changes, and her adjustments will tend to improve it a great deal. However, despite many struggles getting to this point, I am happy with the outcome.
Image is of the flying city of Aeolis, from which Kyla is falling on the front cover. The image will be placed above the text on the back to give the sense she is falling from it.
And here is a render!
Cover art for front cover is done - now just have to see how the completed cover looks. Found a gentleman from peopleperhour.com to do it as the girl who did the first one wasn't experienced with dynamic illustrations. Curious to see how this new one turns out. Debating on art for the back cover - may go without for the initial run, as I don't need back cover art for the digital copies.
Not done editing yet, however. I keep making changes that I think are for the better, but slow me down a bit. One change can have a rippling effect throughout the book so I am on the constant lookout for continuity errors.
Going to post an image of the cover art here for your perusal. This is a working draft, and not the final copy, which is still in psd format. Bear in mind the appearance can change significantly during the process of cover design.
I was using index cards to help organize the scenes as I've been working on coordinating various story arcs and deciding what scenes need to be added, adjusted, or deleted. Covered my whole 4 X 8 foot table three times over, so I decided to purchase a program called Scrivener which is supposed to help with organizing writing and preparing it for publication. Not 100% sure it's worth the money yet but I haven't gotten to one of the most important features yet, which is organizing collections by tags (so I can link together all scenes with a certain character or location, for example, for easy viewing). Is less of a mind-bender to get it all sorted.
Art is commissioned. I found a gentleman on peopleperhour. His preliminary sketch looked pretty good, so excited to see the final result. Will post the rough copy on here before the cover is made, as well as after, so you can see just how much a difference can be made between the original art and the work by the cover designer.
Waffling on doing a picture for the back cover, as I've moved far more ebooks than paperbacks. Artist offered to to a second pic for cheaper but I haven't followed up to confirm.
Not sure if I'll have so much time for beta readers on Book 2, as I've taken so long writing it. I'm itching to get working on Book 3, as I have big plans for it. If I'm being honest I think Book 3 is where most of the tight action is. Books 1 and 2 are almost extensive prologues to Book 3. That being the case, I will try and write Book 3 so it can be read on its own. Not sure how easy that'll be due to the extensive information and number of characters in Books 1 and 2.
Also thinking about making an anthology called 'Elf Reflections' to go into some of the back stories, such as Kyla's mom, Saul's background, etc.
Lots of work, but lots of fun.
I know it's taking ages but I'm getting there. Commissioning the artwork for the cover now, though still feel I have a ton of editing to do. Currently on edit number 4. Just finished a paper-intensive term and am hoping to have more time this term to work on the book. Ideally, will have art and editing done by the end of January, only a year beyond my original plan! On the positive side, much of the planning for Book 3 has been done so that should move quicker.
It's been a busy summer so far - working full-time, taking a course, and volunteer work. I am applying to volunteer at the local hospital to bring in my Virtual Reality equipment for a day each month so people in long-term care can come play with it. Just waiting for the background check so I can do the interview!
Nearing completion of Book 2 again. I basically rewrote the second half. I think it is turning out much better, but with my schedule it still may be a couple months to completion. If I don't finish by September I'll have a bit more free time in Fall to do a full-court press.
Amazon update for Book 1: Basically dead at the moment. It was posted over a year ago and has kind of fallen off the charts. I did get another 5-star rating on Goodreads though, so that's nice.
Have a great summer!
It's been a year since the highlight of my first book: getting in Piers Anthony's newsletter! I'm now on a full-court press to finish the second book. It's taking longer than expected, on account of I got lazy for a couple months. I have certainly found I am more productive in the library than writing at home, where I have numerous distractions.
Readership on Kindle has bottomed out lately. I'm hoping getting the next book out will revive activity. I have also started Book 3, but I keep waffling on how I want the series to end. So many options. I'm also looking for opportunities to add more feels to the story. I don't consider myself an overly sensitive individual, so it doesn't come naturally, but I do appreciate books and movies that can incorporate powerful emotional scenes amid action and comedy. So something to work on.
Went to a FanExpo in Calgary in April. Was a blast. First time going to one of those. If I ever get famous enough, doing those would be a blast.
Well, here's to a new spring/summer! Have a provincial election here in BC so I need to go vote now.
I recently finished several years of employment with the Canadian government to pursue a Master's degree. My secret goal is to become a self-sustaining author. This blog is dedicated to the first book I have ever put on the market.