Cat’s Eye’s: Final Version

I am pleased to announce that I just finished the final read through, including some slight editing, of my children’s chapter book Cat’s Eyes.

The manuscript is 100% complete.

A few days ago I wrote that I feared the read through might turn into another major edit. It didn’t. Yes, there were a few sections that still sounded a bit confusing, so I fixed those. But, generally, the manuscript was polished and the flow was smooth. I feel pleased with my efforts. I’m also pleased with the fact that my grief hasn’t affected my writing. And…I love the story! 😉

Now, I have to contact the editors I’ve chosen to send the manuscript to for a professional edit and see what they say. I know that the company I’ve chosen is quite busy, but I can only hope that they say they want me to send it in straight away. I’m feeling a little nervous, so wish me luck.

Publishing with Lulu

Lulu is a self-publishing company. Anyone can use this service and this is where I have a problem with self-publishing. If anyone can use it, then there are bound to be badly written books out there. Let’s be honest, it’s a fact that there are.

But…if a book is badly written, or if there is no storyline, or if the characters are two dimensional, then readers will quickly avoid anything else written by that author. They would have wasted precious money on buying the book, and most people don’t like that. Even if a real gem, written by that author, is released many years down the track it can easily be swept aside and ignored (even if it is published by a mainstream publisher). Once bitten, twice shy. This is a risk writers face when self-publishing.

On the other hand, good writers have been noticed through self-publishing. Some writers have made a name for themselves and sold thousands of books. They are often approached by a main stream publisher for publication of the second or third print.

And let’s face it, just because a book is published through main stream doesn’t automatically make it a good book. How many books have you bought that you thought were a waste of money? It happens far too often.

For me, as a writer, I dream of being contacted by a publisher who is excited about my writing, and wants to publish the book. That would be the ultimate moment for me, followed closely by the first time I walk into a book store and see my book on the shelf.

*Day dreams for a few minutes.*

As writers we think all that needs to be done is to write the story, but there is so much more to do. So many other decisions to be made. Writing is NOT easy, no matter what the woman next door thinks, or what your parents/partner might say.

I’ve always believed that for me the only way to go is main stream. I still believe this to a large degree, although I do think that things in the publishing industry will change in the future. However, I’ve recently found myself wanting to know more about self-publishing, wanting to experience it. How can I run something down that I’ve never tried?

And it is for this reason that I’m considering a new project for Scribe’s next year. The anthologies of past did not work out the way I had planned. That’s fine, I learned a lot from those projects. It’s just a pity that I couldn’t manage to get the stories published. Next year, the anthology will be different – completely different – but I’ll share that news at the appropriate time.

For now, if you have thought about self-publishing, but know nothing about it. Deborah Woehr is writing posts on her experience with publishing with Lulu. The first post, Self-Publishing through Lulu: The First Step in Creating Your Book gives tips on getting started. This post is followed by many others. I’m positive you’ll find the series interesting to read.

Cat’s Eyes: Final Read Through

As I reported in Cat’s Eyes: Edit Complete last week, I decided to give the manuscript one final read through before sending it out for a professional edit.

I started that read through yesterday. With any book that I read, I can normally only read for an hour at a time before I start getting restless, so that’s how long I spent reading. I got through the first five chapters (there are 14). I know I’m bias, but really, I loved it! 😀 There were a few places that needed the order of words swapped around to make the scene clearer, but generally the five chapters are polished to the best of my capabilities. The flow is good, the characters rounded, the setting real and plot makes perfect sense. Yes, I’m pleased with myself. Does it show?

This is a long weekend for Australians, which means I have this afternoon and tomorrow to finish this read through. Although technically, if I return to my public goal I set last weekend, I actually have until the end of next weekend. I’m doing well.

I’m just hoping that the flow, characters, setting and plot continue the way they started. If they do, I’ll be giving myself a huge pat on the back.