I have now completed the first edit of Anne Droyd and the House of Shadows, and while the word count has gone down a bit, the number of pages has gone up! This is because I have been rearranging paragraphs, and in some cases splitting them in half.
I have been pleasantly surprised by the story, reading it through from beginning to end for the first time. It has now gone off to my editor. No doubt he will find plenty wrong with it, but that's all right, since that's what I am hiring him to do.
Next up is the acquisition of ISBN numbers (you have to purchase a minimum of ten from Whitaker's). If I was publishing through Lulu.com, they would get the ISBN number for me, which would be fine. However I don't want HOS logged on Amazon and elsewhere as a Lulu book. I don't want to put off potential mainstream publishers by showing them an obviously self-published work. So I'm using Lightning Source to produce the books, and by assiging an ISBN purchased separately, I can list my own little imprint as the publisher.
Also this month I will be commissioning American artist Laura Diehl to do the front cover. You should see the quality of her work. If what I get turns out anything like the examples on her web site, this new cover will be the best one I've had to date. Here's a link to her site: www.ldiehl.com.
In the next hour or so, I will be shooting off to Blackpool with my wife Carol for a five day break. It's pre-spring season, which means there won't be many people about (always a good thing for the Aspie!). I've worked so hard juggling Anne Droyd with my day job and other commitments, I am ready for this rest. All that said, I will be taking my laptop with me and will be writing variations of the press release (one for local media, one for local shops, one for the media and bookshop in Whitby, the town where the new story is set).
I have a few weeks respite, and then when the manuscript comes back, it's the big final edit. I am really looking forward to it, but I'm a bit scared too. It will be a mammoth task.