Last time I talked about my experiences up to and including the editing of my first book. My best advise is:
1) Don’t be too quick to send your first draft in to your editor. I did and drove my editor nuts. It ends up being more frustrating and a lot more work than if you went over the first couple of drafts yourself then send it in.
2) Get an editor that you can work with. It makes for an easier process.
Now, after the editing process…
Woo hoo! You have your edited manuscript in your hands (well maybe not in your hands, but on your computer). What’s the next step? You need a launch team. A launch team is a team of individuals who read the Advance Readers Copy, or the ARC and give feedback on the story. After that, it’s all the publisher’s baby. He gets his team to work on the layout, etc.
At the same time, you gear up on marketing. I went online and asked blogs to review Harry on their blogs…first, the cat blogs that I already knew from doing a cat blog for years. Then I hit the fiction and mystery blogs. We mustn’t forget the podcasts (although I haven’t had much luck with those). You notice that I use the present tense because it is a never ending process.
Sometime during this process, you will get the hardcopies in your hot little hands. Congratulations!
Then the cold calls come. I am starting to call bookstores, etc. to do book signings. Now I’m finding that not all stores are open to them, especially the small, local ones.
Yesterday I put 10 signed copies of Harry up for a giveaway on Goodreads. In 18 hours I had almost 500 entrants.
Finally, I am booked to go to Washington DC for my first conference. Hopefully, it will be the first of many.
So, now you are up to speed with all that I’ve been through. It has been a nail-biting, rollercoaster ride that, at times has made me ecstatic and at times has made me want to pull my hair out. It’s never dull and I love it!
BTW, I’m working on the next book in Harry the Wonder Cat Series. In this one, Harry goes to Jamaica and falls in love with a beautiful beach cat named Luna. Follow along Harry’s trip with Nikki, Heather and the gang.
If you missed the first book, Harry the Wonder Cat: The Legend of the Pink Diamond, you can still get it here.