December 2018 came and went and I have completed the first draft of The Last Word. It amazes me that my long-lost dream of becoming an author is closer to realization with each passing day. The process isn’t near completion yet; there is still plenty to do. With the holidays here, I have taken a short break from the novel. My goal next month is to go back through and make revisions throughout.

Most of these will be grammatical, but some will relate to the story itself. When you write a novel, some things change from your original intention. While in the heat of the moment, inspiration springs into action and as your writing away, something pops into your mind and you tell yourself that putting that particular item in the story would only add to the final product.

Scene Cut: Literally Take Two!

The word count was a little more than what I had originally envisioned, but that isn’t even the final word count yet. I know there are certain scenes in the book that will be revised and some will be removed altogether. That may sound shocking, but it’s true. There are two scenes that I had developed and written that won’t be in the story simply because to do so would detract from the flow of the novel.

I decided to take roughly a week off. I pushed very hard to complete the first draft before Christmas, which I did, and then I had a week to enjoy other things, including Christmas!

Cover Design

Just before Christmas, I met with a designer about the cover for the novel. Authors usually expect the designer to create everything for the cover, but I had an idea pop into my mind one day as I was writing. I described what I envisioned to him and he said that it sounded intriguing. We aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover, but the truth is, so many people do!

If people were to judge this book by its cover, then they may very well find themselves purchasing it. I hope to have the cover for the novel posted on the website sometime in the near future.

Synopsis Information

Some of you may be wondering why I haven’t added a synopsis of the novel to the website yet. Believe me, it’s coming, but I want to run all my possible options by an editor. This is another crucial decision that I have to make and it will help to have a second set of eyes look at the different options.

Next Steps

What is next for The Last Word? After I complete my revisions, I will ship it off to an editor for them to peruse, poke, and prod. That process could take a few months. As I have stated in the past, I am taking all the aspects of this novel into consideration. There will not only be a copy edit, but a developmental edit as well. Those may be confusing terms. A copy edit covers grammatical issues. A developmental edit asks the question, how does your story hold up? Is it structurally sound? I am currently in the process of looking over proposals for an editor.

Publishing Route

The Last Word will be a self-published novel. I have chosen to publish through Amazon Kindle, or Fire, as they now refer to it. Now, if I didn’t care about the quality of the novel, I could make the revisions on my own and then publish it immediately. However, that isn’t what I want to do. I will take the novel as far as I can go with it from a grammatical standpoint, but I will employ an editor to make it that much better.

This is about building a readership to me, as it should be for all authors. I am only interested in exciting my readers with high-quality content while making them eager to come back for more. I am in uncharted territory on the editorial side of this journey, but I have to say, it’s so exciting!

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