If you're reading this and have been pregnant for nine long months, or if you've been close to someone during that-seemingly-endless amount of time waiting for a baby, then you know how pregnant mamas look forward to their delivery date.
Many people compare publishing a book to having a baby. So, when I contacted Rebecca Kurta, Elliott Kurta's mom (my frequent middle grade guest blogger) about giving a copy of Half-Truths to Elliott, she made the baby comparison. When I explained that although I'm close, my book is still not ready to be delivered, she wanted to know what else was left for me to do.
|Thanks to Lori Steel, who suggested printing out|
a close-to-final draft so it looks and feels like a book.
I told her there are just a few "simple" things that happen next.
- I've hired Deborah Halverson, a free-lance editor (who came highly recommended from Harold Underdown) to comb through the manuscript and find any issues with the plot, the character's voice, deep point-of-view, tension, stakes, etc.
- Once Deborah returns the manuscript, she and I will talk.
- I'll incorporate her feedback. I will get my baby as spotless as possible.
- I'll hire a copy editor to make sure it's formatted perfectly.
- THEN...I'll start submitting to agents. Over the years I've assembled a list. Now will be the time to perfect my query letter and polish my synopsis.
- THEN...I'll get busy with my next project and try not to obsessively check my email for agent responses. I have 3 picture books that I'm working on as well as an idea for a nonfiction graphic novel.
- And THEN...I hope my agent-to-be finds a publishing house who will embrace Half-Truths.
- And THEN...I tell y'all about it!
|I gave one copy to my granddaughter|