12 November 2011, Publication - Manuscript Final Round
Introduction: I realized that I need to introduce this blog a little. I wrote the novel Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon. The working title was Daemon, and this was my 21st novel. Over the last year, I gave you the entire novel in installments that included commentary on the writing. In the commentary, in addition to other general information on writing, I explained, how the novel was constructed, the metaphors and symbols in it, the writing techniques and tricks I used, and the way I built the scenes. You can look back through this blog and read the entire novel.
I'm using this novel as an example of how I produce, market, and eventually (we hope) get a novel published. I'll keep you informed along the way. At this moment, I'm showing you the marketing material I put together for a novel.
Today's Blog: To see the steps in the publication process, go to my writing website http://www.ldalford.com/ and select "production schedule," you will be sent to http://www.sisteroflight.com/.
Eventually, you will get to the final round. The number of rounds you go through depends on a lot of things. First, how clean your manuscript is in the first place. Second, on how well you answer your publishers questions and correct the issues they find in the manuscript. Third, when you are ready to say the manuscript is ready for final print. This is really a joint decision. You basically tell your publisher that you are satisfied with the document and your publisher concedes that they are also satisfied with the document. That means you are both ready to publish the novel. You are now in the final round.
As long as you keep sending edits, your publisher will respond with a formatted document. The final complete document is the one that will go to publishing. Go to publishing means basically three things today. For a standard publisher, it means the time to make a print run. To a publish on demand (POD) publisher, it means the final setup and check out of the novel. To an electronic publisher, it means to convert and make the novel available electronically.
My publisher is POD and electronic. Your publisher will tell you when your work goes to the printer. The next bit of excitement is about to begin.
Tomorrow, after the final round.
I'll repeat my published novel websites so you can see more examples: http://www.ldalford.com/, and the individual novel websites: http://www.aegyptnovel.com/, http://www.centurionnovel.com/, http://www.thesecondmission.com/, http://www.theendofhonor.com/, http://www.thefoxshonor.com/, and http://www.aseasonofhonor.com/.