Behind the scenes: What it takes to get your novel out

Okay, so you’ve written the great American romance novel. You’ve dotted all the i’s and crossed those t’s. Now, you sit back and expect the accolades to begin pouring in. Your are done. Right?

Wrong, ever so wrong. Your hard work in a sense has just begun. Yes, I know you’ve tweaked, you’ve replaced often used words, created multiple drafts of your manuscript, you gut tells you that this work is as perfect as you can make it. The hint is you. The next hands that receive your brain child are the professionals. Editors will search your manuscript for punctuation, content errors, and timeline gaffs.

There isn’t a writer alive that doesn’t both fear and loath the coming of edits. Your first time around seeing those bloody red marks and comments hurt. But you adjust those rose colored glasses and slip on your big girl panties and begin. Some times you wonder, oh my word, how could I have missed this. Or, crap, they must think I’m stupid. But remember, the writer is so close to his or her material we gloss over the words because our minds eye knows what should be there. On average, this process repeats at least three times. This is tedious hard work and the editors earn every penny of their salary if not more. 

Remember too, that your work is in line with all the other accepted submissions. Your editor is not yours exclusively. It takes time on average, depending on your editors back load,six to upward to twelve weeks. What do you do as a writer during this down time? Fill out the barrage of paper work that goes with the novel, your art cover sheets, your blurb and one line tag. If those get done, begin that second novel. And for me this is the hardest, to let go before the final copy is done and begin that second project while the guru’s of print work their magic. 

After those content edits, you’ll go through the process of line edits where another editor checks for mistakes, then when the manuscript is transferred to the formatting for e-book or print, you’ll undergo another round of edits to makes sure its copied correctly, nothing left out. You’ll get your cover art back and a galley so you can see how the finished project appears and one last glance over before release. 

So how long does this all take? From your acceptance to publication, depending on the publisher, it can last from 3 months to a year. Yes, when you hear authors describe it as giving birth, its quite true. So when people think you can just whip those stories out, smile and nod. All the while you’ll know that its a process and the words over night success means it happens in a blur of time.  So to the editors, the art department, the agents that put up with my whine, this blog thanks you. To the reader, when you pick up that book know that its a team effort, its the best of our ability, and we are crossing our fingers that you like it. 

Next month, I’ll present my baby to the world, Eight Seconds To Glory. So, here’s a quick tease until we meet again.

Two souls in need of a dream. Two hearts that need mending.

Glory Beebe’s dream is at hand when she meets undeniably attractive world champion bull rider, Travis Hargrove. Once bitten and twice shy, Glory can’t afford to give her heart to a rodeo man that will leave her for the thrill of the ride like Jax Martin did. When her foreman offers her ranch as a refuse for Hargrove to regain his strength and work as a stock contractor, she must ignore the pull of her heart and do her best to complete her father’s dream.

Haunted by being trampled by a bull in competition, Travis Hargrove will do anything to earn another swipe at the gold buckle. There are younger cowboys, ones without physical limitations, eager to take his place. When the rodeo manager offers him a chance to prove himself, Travis has to put his fear behind him.  Riding on the back of two thousand pounds of dynamite is hard enough when you’re healthy. Will a pair of blue eyes and a woman with spunk change his mind?

Can Travis not only regain his courage and win Glory’s heart in the process or will the roar of the crowd to much to give up when there are only Eight Seconds to Glory?

 

See you next month, 

Tessa

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9 Comments

  1. Oh, Tessa – my kind of story! 8 Seconds to Glory just went on my TBR pile. 🙂 And isn’t it amazing how much work there is AFTER the call? Did other bloggers talk about this and I just missed it before I was published?

    • LOL no it was the stars in your eyes from getting The Call. But it is work and I think that’s what new authors need remember.

  2. Well said, Tessa! The road to publishing is both a very solo and team effort.
    Love the sound of your release. Bull riding? Cool!!

  3. Hi Berinn thanks for stopping by. Yes, Bull riding is amazing when you look at the size of the animal, its power and know you are hanging on by a braided six inch wide rope, pounded into the palm of your hand. No safety harness here.

    Tessa

  4. There is just something about a cowboy, isn’t there? Looking forward to reading Eight Seconds to Glory!

    • Yes, there sure is. I hope you’ll enjoy the story. Travis and Glory are an interesting couple. They were a lot of fun to watch. Look for the cover coming soon.

      Tessa

  5. Great article! After writing, edits and publishing 🙂 which do you find the hardest of them all? Marketing/networking on my end only because it takes a lot of time 🙂

    • Hey Kay, I’m with you on the marketing and networking. I find it very hard to do the writing and the promoting. Its a necessary evil they tell me. Some writers hire professional assistance, but that’s a bit out of my league. I have a friend who takes one weekend a month and does all her promo blogs, puts the url that they go to and the date, then sticks them in a folder. All she has to do next is plop them in the emails if someone else loads them or slaps them on ebay. When I get time, LOL I might think of doing that. Thanks for coming by.

      Tessa

  6. Just to let everyone know that Eight Seconds to Glory is now up on Amazon for PreOrder. Use this link,http://www.amazon.com/Eight-Seconds-to-Glory-ebook/dp/B008PW2WNI/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1343678705&sr=1-2&keywords=Tessa+Berkley


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