It’s been a while since my last ‘check-in’ here at Fantasy Debut. I'm excited to be back, and I’m happy to report that a few more milestones in my publication journey have passed. There’s much to tell in this installment, so let’s get right to it, shall we?
First up: revisions. Mine started with a phone call from my editor, a phone call where my nerves and anxiety were quickly replaced by a volley of brainstorming ideas that left me more excited than ever to tackle the revisions. I’d previously dreaded this part of the process, but was pleasantly surprised (and relieved) to discover that my editor and I got along quite well. His belief in the book, and in my ability to make it even better, gave me an extra boost of confidence to get the job done. The revised manuscript was accepted (whew!), and I received the book's production schedule -- dates and deadlines for the copy edits, galleys, printings, and such.
Copy edits arrived next. I had a good understanding of what to do at this stage, but once my manuscript stared me in the face with the CE’s marks, it suddenly became clear that no amount of ‘understanding’ had completely prepared me. So, I dug in, and made sure I had a really good pencil sharpener, tons of Post-it notes, and an enormous eraser! Seriously.
Things are moving. The book is getting ever closer to publication, and my involvement (in the writing department, at least) is almost over. I have been in a daze of worry and hope as the manuscript recently went out for quotes from authors I admire greatly. I have seen a rough version of my cover. I have been on cloud nine, and I have sunk deep into second-guessing myself as I work on the next book in my contract. All typical writer angst, or so I’m assured. J
The next step is seeing my final cover, one of the biggest milestones of all. I can’t wait to share it with the world. But, for now, I can share one very cool tidbit -- the cover art for THE BETTER PART OF DARKNESS is being created by one of my favorite artists in the biz, Chris McGrath. Chris is well-known for creating the cover art for The Dresden Files, as well as art for works by Vicki Pettersson, Rob Thurman, C.E. Murphy, Kat Richardson, and more... To say I'm stoked is one mighty understatement.
So with that good news, I’ll take my leave. Many thanks to Tia and Fantasy Debut readers for taking time out to read my post and share in this journey with me. Until next time . . .
Here is Kelly's first post and her second post. Kelly's always good about answering questions, so if you have any, ask away!
UPDATE: On her own blog, Kelly went into more detail on copy edits.