I know I have been very quiet here lately, but I have working on proofreading my manuscript with the help of two good friends: Vince and Amanda. As many writers will warn you, it is dangerous to proofread your own manuscript/ebook before having it published. Your eyes will glance over mistakes trying to keep up with your mind. It's always a good idea to have at least one other set of eyes to read your work, someone you can trust. Thus, I have toiled over the second draft making changes here and there to "polish" the story and cut out the "fat" that doesn't belong there.
Writing is hard work, especially when it's not really writing, but correcting, cutting out parts, rearrangings bits and deleting the unnecessary. I also had to research sword fighting so I could write about it with reasonable accuracy. Found a lot of good tips from other writers on the web.
Am I done and ready to publish the book? No. I wish I could, but my manuscript is now in the capable hands of my editor, Kelley. She is going to give it one more thorough look and give me some suggestions to improve my story. Once our work together is done, I send it off to be published.
This the third book in this trilogy (even thought it's actually book two in reading order) and I want it to be as clean and perfect as possible. I owe it to my readers to do my best.
I still have illustrations to work on, in the meantime, which will keep
me busy. As in the past two books, I intend to draw and use Photoshop to
render some of the characters and places in this novel.
Regretfully, Legend of Fayre Sea may not come out until October/November, but at least it will be available for the holiday season fairs and book signings. That season is almost upon us and there is a lot to do to prepare.
Many of you out there who are authors know that, don't you? Are you ready?