I know it’s only mid-June, but I’m already thinking two months ahead to August, specifically Worldcon weekend. [Okay, I’m also thinking about our week-and-a-half vacation to London just before it, and about how I’ll be a walking zombie by the time the con is over, but that’s another blog entry altogether.]
At present, I can safely say that I’m nearing the climax to In My Blue World. If I time this right, I should have this draft done by the end of June, leaving me the entirety of July to revise it and ready it for self-publication. I may or may not have it ready in time for the con, but I’m not too worried about it. If I’m successful, I may be able to snag a reading panel then to read from it.
I’ve done this for pretty much all my books so far…once I know I’m nearing the end of the first draft, that’s time for me to start working on the post-production things. I’ll start playing around with book cover images. I’ll start thinking about promotion items and platforms. Working out the final release schedule. Those sorts of fiddly things.
I work on those things very early on and in a piecemeal fashion so I’m not crushed under the weight of doing it all at once at the end. It’s also so I can give myself time to make final decisions or if I should go in a different direction. And also, these fiddly things are often quite enjoyable to me when they’re not breathing down my neck!
As a self-published writer, I find that I often have to plan out my post-production work in very much the same way I plan out my novels. I need to think about the overall plot and how each scene and sequence fits together to form the whole. Or in this case, plan out where I’m going to be when, and what needs to be done to make it all happen. There’s a lot of multitasking going on, but if I spread it out a bit, I can handle it.
My plan is to do a reading at the con, and if I don’t have the book available, I’ll at least have postcards to give away with the book cover image. I’d like to have the book out into the wild by September, at least in e-book form. [I’m also thinking of other platforms for physical copies, but that’s another long term project and another post entirely.]
So yes…even though I’m wrapping up another novel, I’m just getting started on the post-production, which should keep me busy for a few months longer.
And for those curious, here’s a very rough draft outtake for the cover of In My Blue World. This is by no means the final cover, of course, but it’s along the lines of what I’m aiming for.