I’ve been wading through edits and revisions for the past few months to prepare my next novel, Caller ID to go to press.
It’s heading out next week so my publisher will be ready to get it on bookstore shelves March 13, 2012. Hooray!
There are so many steps involved and because they vary a bit from publisher to publisher, and from book to book, I thought it might be interesting to highlight my process. I will give you the condensed version, not the “I revised this book so many times that I see the words in my sleep!” version.
I wrote this book in 2010, revised it like crazy until April 2011 and then submitted it to my publisher, Cedar Fort, Inc.
In June 2011, they accepted it to be published under their national imprint, Sweetwater Books.
In July, I submitted my marketing plan and began making plans with the editorial department for the schedule on my final edits and proofs.
In August 2011, I found out that Caller ID was slated for a March 2012 release. I also put together my author bio, acknowledgements page, author picture, and book club questions for the book.
Near the end of September I was sent the first version of my cover. The graphic design department is amazing and they ended up tweaking the cover three times to get just the right image to capture the storyline. The final cover was presented the first week of December. I think they did an amazing job. What do you think?
In October, I was able to hire an amazing editor, Tristi Pinkston, to go over my book line by line to prepare it for the last editing phases at my publisher.
In November, I went over all of Tristi’s editing notes and did another thorough revision of my book.
The first of December, the ARCs or Advance Reader Copies were printed and sent out to reviewers and book buyers.
The week before Christmas, my editor finished up with preliminary edits and sent me the manuscript so that I could go over it and make corrections/changes. Yes, it was crazy, but with publishing everything is on a tight schedule.
The week after Christmas, my editor sent me the final proof in PDF format and I read the entire thing out loud (again) and made notes in a Word document citing page number, paragraph number, and line number where a change or error needed to be corrected.
Now in January 2012 we are only days from Caller ID going to press. I will get to look at the galley or final proof, one last time before it is sent out. The printing will take about six weeks, so my books will be shipping into stores for the release date of March 13, 2012.
So nearly two years after writing the book, Caller ID will be released from my neurotic editing/revising into the world of books! I’m excited for this next phase of the journey.
What phase of the journey are you on? Writing? Editing? Reading? Waiting for a much anticipated sequel?