Well, it's been an interesting two years as I've had my head down in a book for some reason or the other. I finished Totem but for reasons, I've decided not to publish it as yet. It's back to the drawing board on that one. Instead, I've been working on an adult historical fantasy/timeslip novel. It's with my copy editor as we speak. However, waiting for the arrival of one manuscript - all 112000 words of it is a nightmare. So I've devised ways to avoid boredom, frustration etc by starting a new novel. I'm already 10 000 words in, although at this stage it's about getting it down. Ironing out the gremlins, as I've discovered is a continual ongoing experience. I've also taken to reading for other writers, which in itself has helped me. The craft of learning, never stops.
So what is the next stage? I hear you ask. Well, I need to proofread the copy, agree or disagree on any changes. My list is like this.
1: Proofread copy and check changes.
2: Revise pitch, query and synopsis - ask yourself if you are getting the message across.
3: The most frightening - send it out. Now, a long, long time ago, when I was traditionally published, we didn't use agents. We went straight to the publisher, although that was in South Africa. So what to do..
4: Make a decision- focus on agents first. From all the websites, most writers send to at least twenty.
5: Send to Publishers. I thought I would give it the standard six weeks before sending to Publishers.
The question here is - should I go with indie publishers. There are some good ones out there. Now I know a lot of people think that you might as well self-publish but as I've discovered that's pretty hard too. I like Carina UK because they're part of Harlequine. I'm also considering Choc lit because they promote world wide. From my own experience, I use the kindle now rather than buying the book. This might be a surprise to most people but i simply do not have the space for any more books. You should see my bookshelf - hahaha
6: Wait and continue to write and enjoy life. I already know from previous experience that the publishing industry is slow like a glacier. Even in the nineties, it took at least two years from conception to publication.
7: If all fails, I still have an option to self-publish - why not? After all, the purpose of the book was to be read.
Wish me luck