The novel I conceived in the second half of 2009 is now in the birthing canal.
Yesterday I placed an order for a proof copy of Scattered Stones. After I hit the CONFIRM button, I sat back and thought about the journey to give me a better perspective of what I had done.
In May 2010, I had written the last 60,000 words in a rush to reach the end. Then the manuscript went through multiple edits, being read and sporadically edited by beta readers. I edited and revised when I found time, often between stints of working outside the home. For six months in 2014, I barely had a chance to look at it because I worked six to seven days a week, putting in ten-hour days at a garden centre. This sort of schedule doesn’t leave much time to eat, sleep and say hello to the kids, let alone hours bellied-up to a computer to edit a novel.
Since January 2016, the push was on to finish the edits, prepare the additional material to accompany the story and design the cover.
From the many helpful suggestions and the voting from last Sunday’s post Help Me Choose a Cover for My Epic Fantasy Novel, I’ve settled for a cover similar to the first book in the series Shadows in the Stone.
Thank you to everyone who voted and offered suggestions. It pointed me in the direction I needed to go even though I was hip to try teal and orange.
Covers #2 and #6 received the most votes.
The path through the woods makes perfect sense because the main characters spend time on The Trail. This could easily be a trail in their world though it was taken at Victoria Park, Truro, NS, several years ago.
Front Cover Revealed
Cover sample #6 was tweaked with the fonts adjusted to fit onto the print version. I prefer to have the eBook cover match the paperback copy. Not everyone does.
Full Cover Reveal
As you can see, I did get my teal and orange on the back cover. I wanted to keep it simple, so I didn’t add a photograph to the back. Simple is not only easier, many times it is better: less is more.
I ordered the paperback proof around 11:00 am on Saturday. About five hours later, I received a message to say it was shipped. The expected arrival is May 6th, but if it’s anything like last October, I’ll have it Faster than the Speed of Wow. Which means reading the proof copy could start as early as Monday, but probably Tuesday.
Take a Break
Laughing. What’s that? Maybe in the future, I’ll take a break after completing a big project, but right now, my thoughts are already pondering the next project on the radar. My goals for the rest of 2016 are…
- Edit and publish Impressions – contemporary short story
- Edit and publish Roots to the Past – Volume 1 (a collection of genealogy columns)
- Research, write, edit and publish They Came from Downeast (a collection of biographies of First World War veterans from Guysborough County)
- Edit and publish The Salvation of Mary Lola Barnes (contemporary novel about mid-life)
- Complete the draft of Revelation Stones, Book 3 of The Castle Keepers series
But today, I’ll take a breath, organise my schedule for the week and bask in the wonders of knowing my most favourite book to date is about to be born.