Writing a book isn’t easy.
Well, actually, that isn’t entirely true.
With the facilities would-be authors have at their fingertips nowadays, writing a book, and getting it out there is relatively easy.
What I should really have said was writing a good book isn’t easy.
When you have poured your blood and sweat into writing a story that you are desperate to get out into the literary world, the biggest disservice you can do is not making sure you have perfected it to the best of your ability.
And in order to create a piece of work that is ready, it requires not just the author, but a whole host of others, especially if you decided to self publish.
- your support network behind you, both physically and virtually
- unbiased people ready to read what you are writing, and happy to feed back truthfully
- an editor who you gel with, someone who knows your vision, and can give you constructive advice
- more willing readers
- a cover designer who gets your story
- copy editors possibly
- some one who understands formatting to make the interior of your book look as perfect as it can
- a group of people out there willing to help you promote your masterpiece at the right time
I’m at a crucial stage now.
I have a fantastic support network, thankfully. I have had readers feedback on my original, Ritu-edited draft.
I have reworked parts according to the feedback given.
I found a wonderful editor who has read my work and has given me all sorts of helpful advice and feedback.
I have a list of ready to read beta readers once I manage to finish the edits I wish to make to perfect my story.
I even have a cover designer who has designed a beautiful cover for what will hopefully be my first novel.
There has already been the offer of formatting from one of my dear Blog Family.
And lots of promised support when that release date finally comes to happen.
I’m still not sure of copy editing, but will look into that soon too.
But right now, I need time to get this book ready.
A couple of years ago, I used the month of August to really steam ahead with the writing of this WIP that had taken on teenage status. and it really worked. #RiNoWriMo (Ritu’s Novel Writing Month) was what I needed, and I used my blog as an accountability partner. EAch week I would update my followers on my word count and whether I managed to do what I had hoped. The encouragement I received pushed me to continue, and by the end of the month, my WIP was nearly 60,000 words longer.
Not finished but so close.
I was mentally exhausted though, unsurprisingly, because my month wasn’t devoted to writing, I still had to be a mum to my children who were at the age where they couldn’t occupy themselves for too long, so I was acting as a peace maker/screaming banshee mother as well as writing/typing away furiously.
This year, I have created another month for myself, to get this book to the stage where I can finally say “It’s ready!”.
I’ll be focussing my attentions on the editing required, and the changes that I need to make to my manuscript, to give it the best possible chance of being read by more than just a few people out there.
It means that certain writing challenges that I take part in on my other blog may be forfeited for a few weeks, but I think that is acceptable, in the circumstances.
“To realise a dream, you sometimes have to let go of others.”Ritu Bhathal 2019
And I shall be updating you all on here as to my progress, so you will all be my accountability partners.
Here’s to getting this WIP to REAL BOOK state!