Well, I’ve completed my draft manuscript for ‘Sam Kane’, my novel set in my ‘new universe’. I was almost light headed as I typed ‘The End’ and realized that I did it; I completed the story.
Now comes the fun part.
I call this a draft but honestly, I’ve already done a lot of editing for it. The last bits I worked on over the weekend are certainly rough and need to be polished up, but the rest of it, I hope, is very close to being ready for prime time. I owe that to my style of writing, which is to write a bit, go back through it and do some edits, write a bit more, go back again, rinse, repeat over and over again. When I hit slow spots or ‘blocks’ where I can’t seem to get new stuff to flow out through my fingertips, I take that time set aside to write to instead edit. As I said, it’s my hope that this style means I’m closer to a polished piece than I think I am.
My sense of accomplishment is pretty high right now. I had a story to tell and I told it. There is only one other person in the world who has read it all so far, and she gave me a thumbs up. I hope she will continue to think about the story and come back with some feedback on what works and what doesn’t from her perspective, and I’ve got a couple other people tapped to do the same for me once I send them the completed piece. From there, I hope that I have captured lightning in a bottle and can take this to press.
I still haven’t decided which path I’m going to take; self publishing or traditional. Both have pros and cons, both are appealing to me. The control freak wants to go the self publishing route via an Amazon model because it means I own it from start to finish. The pragmatist tells me the only way to be successful in this is to have a publishing house behind you, guiding you, marketing you. The part of my brain that wants people to pay attention to me wants to see my books on the shelf of the local bookstore.
I still have some time to make that decision. And who knows, perhaps I can attempt the traditional route and if it doesn’t look like there is any interest, I can always fall back on the self publishing model.
Lot’s to think about.