The Light at the End of the Writing Tunnel

Writing is work, hard work. It starts with inspiration but must be carried along with careful thinking, much deliberation, and stick-to-itivness. After awhile it becomes a chore; something that must be done or else it will never be done. That’s how it was getting with Critter Tales.

Finishing the last set of tales then, felt euphoric. The writing is by no means done, but the first draft is done. My beta readers have had at it and made good suggestions. The rewrite of the first draft was completed soon after that and was sent off to my editor. Things are looking much brighter these days.

The tales will next need to be cleaned up and details addressed. Front and back matter for the book must be determined and written as needed. After that I can finally begin designing the interior of the book. I really look forward to that.

I like lots of photographs in my books, so these must be selected and prepared for print. Page size must be determined and the page elements formatted to fit within prescribed margins. These include the text, photos, captions, page numbers, and chapter titles. Once the pages are set and numbered, a table of contents can be written. Next, the index. I like a good index and these take time to create, but I think they are worth it.

I think I will give copies of the book to proofreaders while I work on the index. 5 Acres & A Dream The Book had so many nit-picky little mistakes that it was embarrassing, after the fact. But I grew so weary of reading and rereading that I finally didn’t care any more. I’m hoping more sets of eyes will catch what I miss.

Lastly will be creating the cover. I have an idea for it, so that’s a start.

A new phase brings a new boost of enthusiasm. I’m excited once again. Most of all, I’m looking forward to getting it done. I already have ideas for books to follow, but I want to do this one well. I’m willing to take the time to make it so.

361 Copies Short of 5000

Honestly? I’m amazed 5 Acres & A Dream The Book has sold as many copies as it has – 4639 to date. And that in a little over eighteen months. Sales have slowed, however. Perhaps it’s the time of year, perhaps it’s the economy, perhaps it’s simply saturated its market. Interestingly, it still ranks in Amazon’s Top 100 in its two categories, #73 in Sustainable Living and #17 in Sustainable Agriculture. I confess I’ve done nothing to promote it these days; I’m too busy working on Critter Tales. It would be nice to reach 5000 copies sold some day, and perhaps it will. Whether it does or not, it’s been an encouraging accomplishment for this first time indie author.