Planning My Way To Publication


Me and planning go together like beer and chocolate. I write my stories on the go and I make daily trips to the store because shopping for several meals at once never works out right.

However, to get my book ready for the publication to coinside with the launch of my company, I sat down to write a plan. When I had finished it, I felt both elated and terrified: elated because I could now see the path that I needed to walk in order to get where I wanted to go, terrified because the to-do list and its deadlines is huge.

I will give you the concise version:

  • end of november, 2nd draft completed
  • end of november, cover design completed
  • find an editor
  • december: beta-reading
  • write the blurb
  • write the author biography and have a picture taken I can live with
  • january: 3rd edit (beta input)
  • february: line edit by editor
  • end of february: final version
  • end of february: get the copyright, thank-you and other pages ready
  • march: ISBN, copy edit, drafting and live!

If anyone finds I missed something, please let me know.

And all the while, there is another story screaming for attention. I am adding to it a 100 words at a time, just to stop it from feeling neglected. There are just not enough hours in a day right now. I am still juggling a job, a training course, a company start up, and the publication of a novel.

Life will be boring once I’m done.

Happy writing and planning!


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About Emmy

"The urge to write is like a feverdream. And I have been dreaming for most of my life."

4 responses to “Planning My Way To Publication”

  1. Laura Brown says :

    Good luck! I have to come up with a plan myself and make sure I stick to it. I keep changing things here and there. My reasons are valid, at the time, but the end result is delayed publication.

    I have also had that other novel speak up and demand attention. Keep up with the 100 words at a time. The editing process is brutal and having something new to turn to, even for a few minutes, has always been a wonderful escape and refueling exercise for me.

    • Emmy says :

      Having a deadline helps me to focus on the tasks ahead. I also find setting up a plan with a friend helps. You have a sparring partner. Good luck with your plan!

  2. change it up editing says :

    Emmy, as a freelance editor, I have three suggestions for the editorial parts of your plan:

    1. Start looking for all your editors now. From the time you start looking for an editor, correspond with several, send sample material and get back sample edits, and set a firm start date for the editor to begin reading often takes several weeks. Many freelance editors are booked several months to a year in advance.
    2. Allow a little extra time for revisions after your line edit. You don’t want to feel rushed if the editor suggests anything more than minor changes.
    3. Add a final proofread to your plan. Not only is another pair of eyes good to have in the pre-release stage for typos and punctuation errors that might have slipped through, but you should also have someone familiar with book layout who can check things like the running heads and word breaks. With all the editing and beta reader help you’ve planned, that final proofread should be relatively inexpensive–but if you’re saved from one “there” instead of “their,” you’ll be glad you spent the money.

    And listen to that story that’s screaming for your attention: the best thing a writer can do to sell a book is to write another book. In all your spare time, right? šŸ˜‰

    • Emmy says :

      Thank you very much for your suggestions. I’ll take them on to my list. Hopefully, by my next book I have a good plan that I know works or at least know where I can improve.

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