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 Sixth Draft: 59,570
Much to my excitement, my editor had the second round of edits to me on 7/21. I know when I first started the editing phase for this book, I was worried that I wouldn’t be finished in time for when I’d scheduled proofreading. But, as always, things worked out and I finished applying edits two weeks before my proofreading deadline.
Reading through my current WIP for this second round of edits, I’m getting more and more excited to share this book with readers. The story and language are sharper and better post-edit (because duh) and that boosts my confidence in and enthusiasm for the story.
At the very end of July, it will go to the proofreader. After I receive it back, I will apply her revisions and then have the final draft printed. From there, I will read it through one last time to see if any remaining errors catch my eye before I submit it for copyright.
There’s still quite a bit to do even after that; formatting, paying for the creation of the back cover and spine, checking proofs, etc.
In the coming months, if everything goes smoothly, I plan on revealing the title, the cover, the release date, and more. So please stay tuned!
Goals For The Coming Week
My initial thought when editing finished up so quickly was to send it over to the proofreader early, but I checked with her first and initially, early was a no-go. But then she reached a couple days later with a cancellation and an opportunity for me to go a few days early! Until then, I’m just going to take it easy and prepare anything in advance that I can, such as the copyright page, dedication, acknowledgements, and updating my author bio (I’m a newbie no more…well, not quite as much anyways). At this point, it’s a domino effect and each part of the journey is fixed in its place. Can’t format or submit for copyright until revising is done. Can’t request the back cover and spine until I know the final page count after formatting. Can’t order proofs until all of the above is done.
So, we wait and try to be patient.
Note to Self
Don’t let the confidence of doing this again go to your head. Everything in its time.