Friday, August 27, 2010

End of the first step

So, here I am, more than two years from the beginning of this journey, and the book is fully written. Really, it's only a first draft (or first draft plus, I did a lot of editing while I went along) and there is more work to be done, but I feel like I've finally put my tired foot down, after holding it up; hesitating to take that step.

As a matter of record, before I do my first official edit, or have any beta reading done, the stats on the book stand like this:

13 Chapters

408 pages; double spaced, size 12 courier font (like most publishers seem to ask for)

87,412 words; black and white, on the page (this also seems to be a plus) ;)

I also finally have an internet connection, so as things continue to progress, I will update this page. I'll also be bringing the other random thoughts on life, poetry, and short stories that roll out in the coming days.

The next step for me, in the "big book" process, is to finish my query letter. It needs to be well written and exciting, so as to catch a literary agent's attention. I haven't started this, but it's only like a one page project, so it might not take me three more years. (hehe)

I also need to finish my summary, which I have started, but haven't looked at in months. A bit of a longer process, but another necessity in the publishing process.

One of the more important things I have to do, is finding beta readers. I need to find people that are willing to read the book, and kick back some honest thoughts on the story. The good thing is; I don't need a red-pen to fix punctuation, just some honest thoughts and feedback. For the most part, I'm delegating this job to a "critter" website that I'm a part of, but if someone is interested, an extra set of eyes never hurts.

Well, that's all I've got for you, for now.
I'm sure I'll be back soon, and more regularly :)

thanks for reading

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