To me writing the story is the most satisfying part of the publication process. This doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy seeing my words in print whether in paperback or e format, but after the story is complete, the rest of the process feels almost painful to me. That might sound odd, but between beta reading, editing, and more editing; the original story changes slightly. Granted I think the story improves through these stages, but for me the process takes so much longer in this second phase towards publication. The original creation gets tinkered with until the story becomes a product hopefully ready for public consumption. I phrase it this way on purpose because that’s what it feels like at times.
Let’s take the book cover creation. From my perspective this is one of the most important parts of this phase. If the cover doesn’t work, the writing and story are irrelevant because no one aside from your immediate network is going to give the book the time of day. Knowing this, I thought it was very important to have an actual artist design the imagery and setting I had described. Thank goodness for the talents of Margaret Fanco (https://www.instagram.com/teratiger) After getting her completed artwork, with a cohort of minds and several hundred different font changes and formats, the first part readers see is good to go. My students, past and present, have given their seal of approval so now we must wait a bit longer.
Oh yes we are still waiting. There are still a few more loose ends. I have some formatting to finish and then the book will be released. In between finishing my summer school teaching gig and you know moving to Italy, I am sure we’ll be good to go in the next week or so. As Luza graces websites worldwide, the second phase will pick up on Riley and the first phase will finally get underway for the third book.
Stay tuned and stay out of that scorching sun.