“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” ~ Pelé
I promised to keep you updated on the progress of my debut publishing experience and here I am!
When I arrived home from work on Friday, I checked my emails and felt a cold trickle of fear down my spine upon seeing the words “Editorial Assessment ready”. For those that aren’t sure what that is, it’s a preliminary report provided by the editor advising on what type of service they feel my manuscript would benefit from the most. Editing can be done at a variety of levels, from straightforward grammar and spelling adjustments through to full content and plot evaluation.
As this is the first time I’ve reached this stage of the publishing process, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the initial feedback. Many years ago, I shared a small excerpt of my manuscript with an editor acquaintance who enjoyed my writing style, but didn’t feel the time was right for more Vampire fiction. Aside from this, I’ve only discussed my concept with professionals, not had them look at my work. As both my story and writing style have evolved significantly since that feedback, and being the inherent over-thinker and worrier that I am, I had visions of the editor slating the plot, tearing apart my characters, condemning my (in)ability to bring my world to life, and so on. Everything I have invested in the Crecita universe could be undermined by this person’s opinion.
It was with a vicious stab of trepidation that I opened the report…
I’m delighted to say that the feedback was overwhelmingly positive! I received praise for my plot, character development, and style, as well as my ability to realise my universe for the reader. My editor now wants to proceed with a line edit to polish everything up and ensure it meets the professional standard that it should. I have a good grasp of written English, but I’ve had no formal education in creative writing since I left school and I’ve slipped into some inevitable bad habits over the years.
The biggest critique in the report is of the titles, both of this volume and the series. My editor feels that the current name isn’t as strong as the story itself and should be revised. Ultimately, it’s my decision whether or not I follow their advice but after giving this a lot of consideration and talking it over with MB at the weekend, a rename is now on the cards. I have nothing concrete yet, but I’m playing about with some exciting ideas and hopefully I will have something new to share soon. I feel a little bit sad about letting go of the Origin brand I’ve been building over the last couple of years, but I keep reminding myself of something the lovely Cera Rose said to me recently:
“Just remember that everyone wants you to publish the best possible version of your book.”
I am my own worst enemy, always quick to assume the worst of my efforts and ability, but this priceless advice has kept the worst of my anxiety at bay since sending my manuscript off three weeks ago. Thank you, Cera!
It feels like an appropriate time to drop in another quick thank you to everyone that has helped me reach this point. Whether it is with publishing advice, marketing advice, proofreading, pre-orders, being my soundboard, sharing my posts, or just being my cheerleader when I was losing faith in myself, I couldn’t have got here without you. THANK YOU!
The next stages of the process begin this week and I’m currently looking at an approximate release date of mid-October, however that’s subject to a lot of other variables and could change dramatically. Even with that continued question mark over exactly when my book will be available, I am beyond ecstatic to have reached this point. After the absolute fiasco that has been 2020 for us all, to know that I could have achieved a childhood dream before the year is out is… I’m not even sure what to say. No adjectives seem to be strong enough to describe this feeling!
Wherever you are in the world, I hope you have a blessed day.
Love & light,