First, it goes to the copy editor who will work her magic. After I make the changes to the manuscript, it will be sent out for final proofing. Mistakes seem to attach themselves and not want to let go. Of course, I perform another read-through before sending the file to a formatter. And another after it's formatted.
Nope, not done yet. The book then has to be submitted for both paperback and eBook publishing. A launch team and marketing plan need to be set up. Alas, my finger gets to hit the "publish buttons." Waiting begins. Will the novel sell? Will people like it? Will there be reviews? Good reviews? And on and on.
I'll not wait by the computer to see what happens with Shoe in the Road as my palms get sweatier and my hair thinner. Instead, I will move over to Secrets of the Forgotten Bay to see what shenanigans Plata has pulled. I have the final say, though. I don't always like what my characters tell me to write and sometimes change things. Plata's not the boss of me! I look forward to finishing the novel and moving on to yet another Plata Hartman story.
It never ends. There are too many stories in my crazy head begging to escape. I love sharing those tales as I continue to learn how to write them.
I appreciate all of you who continue to support me. By the way, my husband and "editor in cheap" (yep, I don't mean chief) says he refuses to reread it. He tells me to "let go of the darn book and get it out there." I'm also fortunate to have a talented daughter named Kelly and friends Shaun and Corinda who graciously read my manuscripts and make excellent suggestions.
Thank you all.