Do you know that feeling when there are too many things to do and not enough hours in the day? Yep, that’s been the trouble here, for the last few months in particular, hence no posting on this blog, though I’ve kept up with my round of Goodreads, Facebook and sffchronicles forum updates. Something had to give, and with the continuing edit of the magnum opus which occupied me during this NaNoWriMo – rebelling again, and had a ‘win’ with 58 hours of editing clocked up – it was this blog, sadly. And as soon as NaNo finished, the Christmas preparations, including present buying and wrapping and writing of Christmas cards, took over.
All this being the case, today is the first opportunity to return to the blog for a quick update of how things have been going. I did some more work on how to create an ebook, testing the process I documented in my last post to produce the third iteration in Kindle format then started another text-to-speech read-through on my trusty Kindle Keyboard. I reached the end of chapter 18 before Christmas preps brought everything to a halt. I still have ‘stuff to do’ but hope to get back to it soon. This is the last one before I approach pro editors for quotes and find out if it is affordable.
So to summarise the latest goals and progress:
- Play the novel through on text-to-speech and make further amendments – Completed the previous run and up to end of chapter 18 of the latest.
- Work out how to format a Kindle book including the front and end pages and what to put in those – Quite a lot accomplished. Have looked at other ebooks by self published authors I know though they all differ. Need to sort out the graphic I was using as the title page as when I had the publisher logo with normal text it split the page text, but the graphic all-in-one wasn’t big enough either and looks silly.
- Once the final edit is complete, approach the various editors previously identified as possible pro editors to establish how much it would cost for this long first MS, and whether it can be done without having to spend ‘loadsamoney’.
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