As always, I’d like to begin this week’s progress report by thanking all of you awesome people who’ve followed, liked and/or commented on my blog!
Here are this week’s stats:
Final Word Count for the Seventh and FINAL Draft: 66,861
Days Until I Submit My First Book for Official Copyright: 12
At 66,861 words, 284 manuscript pages, and 25 chapters, my first book is unofficially completed. I say “unofficially” because of course, I still need to:
- submit my book for official US copyright (9/12)
- finalize my dedication, acknowledgments, and author bio (before 10/25)
- select the headshot that will be my official author photo (before 10/25)
- have my book professionally formatted (10/25)
- have the back cover and spine of my book commissioned (11/22)
But for all intents and purposes, the “meat and potatoes” of my first book is finished.
As you can imagine, I’d been pacing the floor since sending it to the proofreader on August 13th. To be absolutely fair, I’d scheduled my time beginning on August 27th, but I was hoping I’d see it back in my inbox sooner. I tossed and turned at night. I refreshed my email repeatedly. I watched the clock and calendar as time crawled by.
This past Sunday evening, I decided to take a shower and then make a pack of pop-tarts for a snack. As I waited for them to toast, I checked my email for the billionth time, “just in case”. Only this time, there it was. Around 8:00 p.m. on August 26th, my proofreader sent my marked-up manuscript back to me. Suddenly, the unfrosted blueberry pop-tarts (I’m vegan, don’t judge lol) in the toaster oven became my “celebration” treat.
It’s been a wild ride these past few weeks. From the car repair to both rounds of editing to this final proofread, I have been absolutely beside myself at times. But you guys…it paid off. This book means so much to me and it means even more now that it’s so much closer to being ready for publication.
Goals For The Coming Week
I began updating my marketing stats and emailing blogs about advertising and review submission timeframes, so I’d like to really begin laying plans for my marketing in 2019. I’d like to spend most of September researching and planning and making contacts so that I can focus on prepping for NaNoWriMo in October and then actually participating in NaNo in November.
Note To Self