I gave my beta readers until the end of the month to read the latest draft of my novel and get back to me. So far, so good, I’ve heard from a few of them and I’m feeling pretty confident. So it’s time to lay out the plan.
Plan A is simple: if I get enough feedback involving plot holes and character issues and “Why did you have this happen?” and “Wouldn’t X do Z here instead of Y?” then…it’s time for another rewrite. I’m crossing my fingers this won’t happen, based on what I’ve heard so far.
Plan B is much less simple. It involves, in roughly this order:
- The final-serious-holy-moly-I-need-to-get-this-perfect proofreading edit.
- Researching and deciding on trim size options for the print edition.
- Formatting according to said trim size, and formatting for the e-book.
- Armed with the knowledge of how many pages my book will be, then I can hire someone to design my cover. (This one’s a nail-biter for me because I really, really can’t do it myself. The ones I’ve played around with look amateur and terrible, because they are.)
- Actually publishing the damn book.
Aha! But there also needs to be marketing happening in the meantime, or no one’s going to buy this thing, right? So I need to:
- Write a synopsis/back-cover-blurb. This, along with the title, is the first thing I plan to reveal. And yes, I have a final title. If it doesn’t go into another rewrite. Also I’m going to need it for the cover!
- Reveal the cover, once I have it. (More nail-biting.)
- Look into getting ARCs to people willing to review for me? I haven’t really researched that yet. (Open to suggestions.)
- Probably offer the first chapter on the blog.
- Run some kind of contest to win copies? People love contests.
When I write it all down like that, it seems intimidating again.
Manatees make me feel better, though. They’re so adorable.