I have been laboring over the fact that the waiting for proofs from the publisher is killing me. I am ignorant of the process. From all I have read you can expect to wait two years from signing a contract to getting an actual book to hold in your hand. Delays in contracts, edits, and communication are all factors.
Christmas has come and gone and I’m still waiting. As I keep mentioning; this blog is meant to document the process and so far patience is the key word. I ran across this forum which is a few years old but certainly still applies. https://stevelaube.com/how-long-does-it-take-to-get-published/
I found it to be very helpful each case scenario is different from my own experience so far, but the bottom line is the same. Patience. I sent a query along with three chapters to a publisher last July. I was asked for the complete MS in August 2016. I signed the contract and submitted a synopsis, author’s bio, and suggestion for a cover by September 12. So, after reading the article and comments I find I am not as far behind as I thought. I wish the publisher could give a better idea of the process in the beginning. I was told nine months. Which is perfect, but I wish I had a little more communication with my production manager. Always pleasant and reminding me to e-mail any questions and also reminding me to be patient. I don’t want to be one of those clients who badger them to the point of annoyance, but I also am so excited and bursting at the seams.
I don’t know what’s happening to my story. Is my sequel building on characters that have changed or entirely deleted? When can I submit my next novel? Am I making common mistakes that I could be correcting as I write this new one?
In three months I have sent three e-mails asking for a progress report. As of my last e-mail that was responded to my MS was still in ‘house styling’ mode and not handed off to proofreading. That was in October 2016. I waited two more months and sent an inquiry shortly before Christmas but haven’t heard back.
If you read the article using the link above you will know my experience is not so different from some, but entirely different from others. I found it comforting to realize that I am still within the time frame discussed in my contract.
So, in the meantime I have finished another novel The Tea Room and in the process of completing another. I am about 75% done with my WIP Winter Dwelling, the sequel to Summer Palace which is the book being published now.
I am writing constantly during the day and reading voraciously especially fantasy fiction at night.
Good thing I reviewed my last blog, for I was about to repeat most of what I blogged last time. The only change is … my sketch draft is about half way done. PURE WRITING — I love that phase of the process. Putting down the words with little thought about serious details, those names and places that are ironed out later. It’s the raw or pure thoughts that come into view, onto the keyboard, and ultimately on the screen. I work in Pages mostly; the mac equivalent to Word. For submission purposes I simply export in the proper format.
Several comments I’ve received have common questions … like, ‘how long have you been blogging?’ It’s been 1-1/2 years since I started this blog when I was in the process of pitching my very first novel. The main purpose of this blog is to document the steps I have taken to attain my goal of having a published book. It’s a very simple design using themes available through wordpress. So thanks, for the positive comments. So far, I don’t have guest bloggers, videos, or links. I concentrate on the content alone.
As I said earlier, I am in the same situation I was a month ago. I’m still waiting to hear from the publisher. It’s tough waiting and wondering what my MS will look like when I do received the first set of proofs. I have a feeling when I do see the proof it will be a whirlwind trip to the final product. I have already considered cover artwork and sent in some suggestions. They may have a completely different concept and I am very anxious to see the ideas.
What else have I been doing lately? Reading, writing, not much arithmetic. but I have come across several great reads. A couple epic fantasy fictions; The Cycle of Arawn by Edward W. Robinson, Everything by Michale J. Sullivan, and Winter’s Fire by Giles Kristian and the latest Historical Fiction from Bernard Cornwell The Flame Bearer. By the way his latest book (10) in the Last Kingdom Series is everything I anticipated it would be. Uhtred of Bebbanburg … well, I won’t be a spoiler here, but it was a great conclusion (?) to the series and now that I have a tad more understanding of all that goes into writing a novel he deserves props for bringing this massive series to a conclusion.
In researching my latest novel, the sequel to Summer Palace, I have been reading Poland by James Michener and The Enemy at the Gate by Andrew Wheatcroft. All adding inspiration to my sequel Winter Dwelling. I have found writing to be an alternate creative outlet for my reckless self, and there is also a more decisive component which is not so much my forte, but is absolutely necessary to corral all those ideas into a readable and organized final product.
Thanks for reading and commenting.