My young adult fantasy novel was “finished” more than six months ago, maybe a year ago. Since then, I’ve been editing. Giving up. And editing some more. Last night at a ridiculously late hour, I finished.
I am elated beyond belief. The next week or so I plan to go through and just read it as a reader, while still keeping an eye out that my changes have been implemented well.
Then the next step: sending it to my writing group.
In the last few years, I’ve read a handful of completed novels from my writing buddies. Every time, I feel a strange surge of pride and envy that they’ll actually finished something, that all their work is there in front of me. And now, finally, I’ll have something to hand over to them.
I know there’ll be more work to do after they give me their feedback, but I’m excited to focus on my next step. Even though, they’ll be lots of new questions I’ll need to figure out the answers to. For example:
If I go the self-publishing route:
- Should I create my own cover or pay to have one designed?
- How in the world do I create my own blurb?
- And then the even shorter/more difficult tagline?
- Do I hire a copy editor or hope that after a handful of eyes have reviewed it, it’ll be clean?
If I go the publisher route:
- Do I go to an agent or directly to a publishing company?
- What angle should I take with my query letter?
There’s a ton of other things I’ll need to figure out, but I’m so excited to be taking this next step. Wish me luck!