It’s confession time. I’d like to own up to the real reason I started up this blog again.
Anyone who’s on my Facebook or Twitter is likely painfully aware that I’ve been working on a novel for the last three years. For a while there, I was posting almost daily updates about my word count and what draft number I was on. It was a bit much, actually. Especially since I kept saying how close I was to finishing.
Well, it’s time to put my money where my mouth is. After three-and-a-half years and seven drafts, I’ve reached the end of the road. The manuscript has been read and reread by multiple parties, and the story is in the shape that I want it in. I have one final passage to write, and then all that will be left is prettying it up.
I’m definitely going the unconventional route with this project. I’ve been advised by others to hire an editor. I’m not. I’ve also been advised to hire someone to design my cover. I’m not doing that either. This may sound egotistical, but I have a very good sense of visual aesthetics, and I know what I want in a cover.
As to the editing, this has been handled effectively by several beta readers, one of whom in particular has read this thing at least five times and has not only caught more than his share of typos, but has helped me hone the story and make all the various bits and pieces work better together. I consider him my editor.
Also unconventional is my intent to publish the novel as an e-book and do so on my own website (yes, this website). This probably all sounds insane, but there’s a method to my madness.
First of all, this is an experiment. I intend to find out how this all works, and I intend to learn from my mistakes, of which I shall no doubt be making many. I’ve never done this before, and by doing as much of it myself as I possibly can, I’ll find out what works and what doesn’t.
Secondly, I want to be in control of this project. I’ve put my heart and soul into it, and I get to decide where it goes from here. I’ve had a lot of help and a lot of support, and for that I’m grateful beyond words, but ultimately, this is my baby.
If I’m doing this all wrong, I’ll soon find out enough.
Regardless of what happens, this has been quite the journey. It all started off with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November of 2009, and it was more than just an exercise in writing or an attempt to flesh out an idea; it was also a serious attempt to get some focus in the aftermath of a mental health crisis. Mental health actually plays a fairly significant role in the novel.
I felt invested enough in the story to begin the editing process once the month of writing was done. Little did I know what I was in for. It was a looooooong process. It didn’t help that I’d put the thing away for months at a time, but it is what it is. I never gave up on it, and now I’m here.
Time to write that last passage and get formatting. Then I can put it up on the site for sale. Coincidental that the new version of WordPress just happens to have a plugin that allows commerce transactions.
I think my time has come.