Wednesday, August 5, 2015

IWSG Wednesday: In the Editing Cave

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I finished editing Provex City and sent it off to my proofreader. I expect to get it back over the next week. I've also finished editing Le7el and SUSY Asylum. The next items on my agenda is to get all my covers finalized. They all need blurb rewrites and spine adjustments. I also need a cover for Le7el, which should be completed by the end of the month.

I'm excited to have finished my edits of Provex City, Le7el, and SUSY Asylum because I made quite a few tweaks and changes to match up with the last two books. There were a few scenes and details I'd forgotten about in the early books that never went anywhere. I specifically targeted those types of scenes and details to make the stories as tight and fast-paced as possible. I had been nervous about splitting Le7el and SUSY Asylum since I had to completely rearrange the stories. Now that they're both done, I'm happy and more than a little relieved. This is the great thing about ebooks and self publishing--the ability to easily change stories that have already been released.

I feel like I've accomplished a lot over the past month, but I still have a long way to got to get this series fully released. But I can see the end of the end of the tunnel, which is encouraging. I'm itching to start a new story, but I have to stay focused and get this series released before moving on. It drives me to work that much harder.

My biggest insecurity right now is what will happen once the entire series is released--an insecurity that grows with each passing month, the closer I get to finally releasing the last books. I'm not worried about negative reception, but of not reaching an audience with the ever-growing ocean of new releases. Discoverability isn't getting any easier. But I'll get back to focusing on the tasks at hand and let future Mike worry about that.

A new band I've gotten into over the past two weeks is X Ambassadors. I've liked the song Renegades since I first heard it on the radio, but didn't look into the band until recently. And I'm sorry I waited so long because they are amazing. X Ambassadors sounds like a fusion between Imagine Dragons and The Fray, but I like X Ambassadors much better than the other two bands. It was hard choosing a song to post here. I'm typically a sucker for acoustic versions of songs, so I finally decided on a live acoustic version of Unsteady. As an aside, their beautifully emotional song Litost was on The Host soundtrack (another writing song I'd highly recommend). Who knew?


  1. It always seems like no matter how much you get done, there's so much more to accomplish in the writing world. I'm right there with you on the series thing. Here's to us, eh?

  2. Exciting times! I loved both the first parts of your series and I'm sure Le7el will be great too. You're right that we shouldn't worry about the actual release while we are working - that is distracting. Good luck wrapping up the series.

  3. How exciting that you are almost ready to have the whole series out in the world. Good luck with it! I hope you can focus on what you've accomplished and keep the insecure thoughts at bay. Easier said than done, we all know!

  4. Busy, busy, busy! You are doing great!

  5. That's awesome you completely revised all of them. Can't wait to see the new covers.

  6. But I'll get back to focusing on the tasks at hand and let future Mike worry about that.
    best advice of the day :) the future of publishing does sound daunting but you are a hard worker, I wish you all the success possible.

  7. I love finding new fave bands! Will have to check this one out.

    You are really making headway with your revision and getting into gear with your book covers and all that! Well done! :)

  8. Sounds like you're making great progress, but yeah, it is never ending, isn't it? I suppose that keeps us on our toes and always striving to work harder and get better. =)

  9. I love that song! I have never heard of the band so thank you.
    How exciting to have so much revision work done. I have been such a summer slacker and am so far behind.
    Good Luck with your releases...

  10. Yeah, it's harder to get noticed these days. It takes a lot of hard work. Thanks for the proofreader tip! I hired her for end of October.

    Getting a full series out should help. I have yet to accomplish that. lol

  11. Does not seem to do background saves (file saving requires overwriting the previously saved version every time), photo edits apply to entire image even if only one area is selected.


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