When I finished the first draft of A Long Walk I was so excited I could barely contain myself. I was ecstatic, thrilled, over the moon. Of course, every writer knows that was just the beginning.
I put the book aside and started writing other stuff. I did to a quick pass for spelling mistakes, but that’s about it.
That was the end of November. That’s right, I was one of those annoying NaNoWriMo writers. I met the goal, did a little more than 50,000 words in a month.
I picked the book up again a few months later. Yes, there were typos I had missed. Lots and lots of them in fact. I’m still picking up typos, and I imagine I will go to press with a few typos that I missed in every single round of editing. More importantly, there were lots of story elements that I wasn’t all that happy with. Some of the characters didn’t work, I didn’t have a good sense of who they were or why anyone should care about them.
I started rewriting. Some chapters, I changed a few sentences, or a few paragraphs. Used a better word, used less words. Cut fluff that didn’t matter, added dialog. Some chapters I kept the first sentence. One chapter I kept the first three words, and rewrote the rest from scratch.
So, the story edits are done. I’m finished that phase. As of five minutes ago. All that’s left on the book itself is spelling and grammar, finding the little typos that hide from view on read after read.
Of course I have to do a lot of work still. The book needs to make it up on Amazon, which means formatting it for e-book, then formatting it again for print, giving it a good cover, a good description. Marketing comes on top of that. I’m going to be selling it for $5.99 I think, although I have also thought about $7.99. No, I’m not putting it up for sale for $0.99. I only do short stories for that price, and I do sell some short stories.
Now, am I going to get rich off this story? No, I will be writing the next book as soon as the line edits to this one are done. I believe that the best marketing for a book is to have a lot of books available. Since I’ve only written one book to date, I need to write more, and then even more…