Everyone will have a different experience when it comes to publishing. Some of this will be determined by the route they want to follow:
- Large publisher
- Small publisher
- Self publishing
But there are other factors that are equally important. Basically, how do I take my finished first draft and get it to a published book in my hands?
This is what I’ve done so far:
- Took first draft and submitted portions of it to my writing group for critique
- Combed through all feedback, and the entire book, and edited everything
- Resubmitted it to my writing group as a completed novel
- Submitted it to a handful of family and friends
- Took all feedback, complied it, and slowly combed through all the comments, applying what worked
- Went back through and made sure all the edits worked
- Read back through as a “reader”
- Resubmitted book to past readers, as well as, new readers
- Applied final feedback
- Read novel again
- Had an editor comb through it
- Self published
Okay, so I’ve still got a couple more steps to do before I can self publish, but I am nearly there. And how long has all of this taken? I think it has been about two years.
It’s a bit crazy to realize that, but no one ever said being a writer is easy. It takes a lot of work and dedication. And, I think, a true love of writing.
At the end of the day, maybe no one will even read my book, but there is that flicker of hope that at least a few people will pick it up… and I might have people read my story and enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
That’s the dream anyway. Then, maybe, all of this will have been worth it.