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How long does it take to write a book?…a Book Baby 4 update

“How long does it take to write a book? “A question I’ve been asked more than once!

“As long as it takes,” is my stock answer.

However, with regards to the first draft of Book Baby4, 603 days is the real answer.

 Yes, I’ve FINALLY finished the first draft!!!! WOO HOO!!!

 This one has put up a fight, I can tell you! However, I’m pleased with the first draft that I have written.

 Writing the first draft of anything can be a challenge. When it’s done, you’re left with something that in places is far from perfect but in others is spot on. Already, I know in my heart, there are a few scenes that need a little TLC so I guess this is where the real work begins.

 There’s a quote that’s kept me going when the words have failed to flow..

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 So, after 603 days, what do I have to show for my efforts?

Well, I have this….

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Already 70% of it has been typed up and re-drafted (first time round). That portion has had it’s first spell check/grammar check treatment too.

There’s still a huge pile of work to be done between now and this Book Baby’s actual “birth”. To keep the pregnancy/birth analogy going, I’d say I’m in the first phase of labour.

I have a title in mind….. no, I’m not revealing it yet.

I have a cover design half-formed in my head…. no, I’m not revealing that just yet.

I have a birth date (publication date) in mind…. No, I’m not sharing that yet either!

Patience!!

With the help and love and support of my “Infamous Five”, my wonderfully patient alpha readers, it’s time to build some sandcastles.

Now, who has the bucket and spade?

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(quote and bucket and spade image sourced via Google – credits to the owners)

Evil Commas….

evil_comma_by_jearb3arI am sensing a conspiracy around here.

For the past few days, I’ve been proofreading and editing the physical copy of Book Baby 3 aka Bonded Souls. I’ve long since lost count of the number of times I’ve read through it and made corrections. To be honest, I’m growing sick of the sight of it!

I had hoped that this was just a final check over the proof copy and that I would then be able to set it up ready for it’s publication date.

WRONG!!!

There’s a comma conspiracy going on!

The evil little buggers are playing games with me. Mind games. They’re moving! They’re disappearing! They’re even doubling up! AGHHHHHHH!!!!!!

In short, they’re at it! (Bet that one is already twitching, desperate to relocate!)

These evil, but vital, punctuation marks have corrupted some of the text around them too. Words are jumping tense – needed morphed into needs. Dates decided to masquerade as days.

Even the spaces are joining in with this act of rebellion. Some of them are causing the words to cosy up together, while others are repelling the next line and inserting a gap as wide as the Grand Canyon instead of a single solitary space.

They are driving me mad!

All joking aside, this final proofreading exercise has brought home how important it is to check, check, check and then check your work over and over again. Every time I read through a chapter, I see something different to correct.

As a writer, you can become too close to the words you’ve slaved over for months on end, but, to date, seven other folk have read Book Baby 3 and not one of them has picked up on the numerous punctuation discrepancies. All seven of these beautiful souls are literate people so would spot these grammatical bloopers.(I hope!) The fact that they haven’t is further proof that the evil little critters are playing games with me!

Time to thwart these conspirators! More proofreading required.

Wish me luck!

 

Disclaimer….I will not be held responsible for the final positioning of punctuation marks within this blog post due to the current comma uprising!

(Image sourced via Google – credits to the owner)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Baby Update….we’re in labour!

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The imminent arrival of a new “book baby” is dominating my non-work world just now.

To continue the pregnancy analogy that I’ve been using all along, we’re definitely in labour!

Last night was spent making the final corrections (well, I hope they’re the final corrections!) to the CreateSpace formatted document. Once I’d saved it out and saved at least two backup copies, I began to upload it to the project file. I waited…and waited…and waited.

It crashed and generated an error message about slow internet speeds.

OK, it’s a hefty file. (Big Book Baby but not quite as big as the first one) After a bit of feutering on the laptop, I had a smaller pdf version of the formatted file.

Second attempt at uploading.

I waited…and waited…and waited.

Success! File uploaded.

Next challenge was the cover file. Again, I browsed the laptop, selected the file and began to upload it to the project file.

Error message! The file size had exceeded the maximum allowed. GRRRR…cue an unscheduled venture into the dark realms of Photoshop to flatten the image and save out a smaller pdf file.

Second attempt at uploading.

I waited…and waited…and waited.

Success! File uploaded.

Book Baby 3 aka Bonded Souls had moved into the “file review” phase. (This phase of book baby labour lasts roughly 24 hours)

By this time, it was after 11pm. I’d been on the go for 18 hours and I was knackered! Bed was calling.

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Patiently (ok, impatiently), I waited all day on the email that would give me the green light to order my paperback proof copy.

The email arrived a couple of hours ago.

Reject! The cover file needed adjustments to the text layout as it was too close to the margin.

AGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

Took several deep breaths then ventured back into the dark realms of Photoshop to amend the text on the cover file. (CreateSpace- it would’ve been helpful to indicate which text was breaching the margins…hint..hint!)

Eventually, in between bites of chicken sandwich for dinner, a fresh flattened pdf image had been saved out with minimal cursing and swearing.

Third attempt at uploading.

I waited…and waited…and waited.

Success! File uploaded.

Book Baby 3 aka Bonded Souls has moved back into the “file review” phase of this labour of love.

I now need to wait impatiently (I’m not even trying to pretend I’m being patient here) wait on the file being approved.

It’s going to be along 24 hours!

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If this were a “real” labour, I’d be reaching for the gas and air about now.

As this is a “book baby” labour, I’ll be reaching for a glass of Pinot Grigio shortly!

I’m being a little flippant here, I know, but I really wanted to draw attention to the fact that a hell of a lot of work goes on behind the scenes to get a self-published book out there. I also wanted to highlight a couple of things.

Firstly, to the indie authors, and in fact all authors, out there, I’m sure you recognise this pain and frustration only too well but will agree that when you finally get to hold your “book baby” in your hands for the first time, there’s no feeling like it.

Secondly, to the readers out there, books written by indie authors and released through the likes of Kindle and CreateSpace don’t happen by magic. The author does it all. Writing the story is the easy, fun part (although it doesn’t always feel like it). The hard work lies in making it look pretty. The simplest way for you to recognise this effort is to review the book honestly on Amazon and/or Good Reads. Mention it on your social media pages. If you liked it, tell your friends. Yes, the author markets and promotes their own book too so every little kind word helps.

I see myself as incredibly fortunate in that I have a fantastic group of people supporting me every step of the way. I honestly couldn’t do this without their loyal support, love and encouragement. It’s their kind words that keep me going (And, thank you to one of those wonderful people, who will remain nameless and anonymous, for your beautiful message earlier this week. I REALLY needed that “motivation boost”!)

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There are still six weeks to go until Book Baby 3 aka Bonded Souls is published (15th April- keep the date free) so this is going to be a long “labour” as the work’s not done yet but I know in my heart that it’s going to be worth the wait.

Despite my frustrations with the wonders of modern technology, there’s a wee bubble of excitement building as I wait to hold a copy of my “book baby” in my hands.

I’m just a tiny bit proud of this one.

Now, where’s the Pinot Grigio!

Editing, Editing, Editing…. as far as the eyes can see

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With less than eight weeks to go until Book Baby 3 aka  Bonded Souls is published, editing is kind of taking up every free minute I have.(And there’s not enough of them!)

My liver is loving it so far!

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My nerves less so!

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Spell checking is haunting me!

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Commas are taking on a whole new level of importance.

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Editing would try the patience of a saint!

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Guess I better get back to it….sigh…

Normal blog service will resume next week.

(images sourced via Google)