The Book of Isabel – Draft One

IMG_1289 Last night I completed the first draft of my second book. I’ve been very intentional this year about getting this done. I wanted to finish this book before the summer was over and I’m happy to have completed the final touches a few days after Labor Day.

I was thinking about formally announcing the title at an earlier time but I wanted to wait until I had something to present. Also, I’m thinking that I’ve probably mentioned this title at least once or twice over the last year, so to some people this not a revelation.

Anyway, the real work now begins with editing. I want to take my time and work with several people on this. I’m determined not to make the same mistakes I did with Hanging Upside Down. I anticipate a few more test readers and some proofers to finalize the book edits.

The other thing I’ve done differently is working on the book cover (which I wont release for another month) much earlier than I did with my first book. I know the type of feeling I want to give off when people see the cover and I’m sure that I was able to succeed at that goal as well. I’m working with an artist on some final touches with it.

I say all this because I feel bad that I’ve not been able to blog more. There was time when I would blog about things that I claim to be doing but I’ve moved on passed that. I want to focus on this book so that I can finally talk about something I’ve done and not something I’m doing (does that make sense?).

So over the next few months I will be really getting into this book and formulating a synopsis. The thing about self publishing is that the author has to think beyond the text. I have to think about the business side. While there was a time when I was nervous during the first time I did this, I am now looking forward to rocking this out. I know whom to contact and what the process is to get this book off the ground.

I’m excited.

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