A couple of weeks ago I reached an exciting achievement. I was able to type two of the most beautiful words in the English language to a writer: THE END. I finally finished a story that had lay abandoned for nearly a year. I basked in the sunshine of those two words for about two minutes before I was overtaken with panic about what happens next.
When you’re with a publishing house, that’s easy. Simply polish the manuscript to the best of your ability and then hand it over to your trusty editor. But this time around I’ve decided to go a different route. Indie publishing.
If you’ve read my post before, you know I’ve been heading in this direction for some time. Indie publishing is an exciting prospect that puts you in the driver’s seat. But it can also be a terrifying scenario in which you are responsible for…well, everything. So it took me a long time to take one step and then another, leading me to the road of indie publication.
So with my editor and cover artist selected, I need to get my head out of the clouds and focus on the next step. Revisions. Then the book goes on to my beta readers and critique partners, before going to my editor.
And while my baby is out of my hands, it’s time to start on the next one. The characters for book two in the new series are already dancing in my head, refusing to wait their turn.
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And I’d love to hear your reaction when you finally get to THE END. Is it joy, relief or panic?
The End courtesy of Oliver Hammond. Goodbye 2005 courtesy of Amit Gupta.