Impending Love and War is my first novel and is available at www.thewildrosepress.com. It is a historical romance with a suspense subplot published by The Wild Rose Press. For authors who wonder how long it takes for a novel to go from submission to publication, I’ve created a timeline. Every book is different but the steps are similar.
My timeline for Impending Love and War:
Dec. 8, 2013: I submitted my manuscript to The Wild Rose Press.
20, 2013: My manuscript was returned with edits for the first three
chapters, and I was given the option to correct the errors throughout
the manuscript and resubmit it. This was the first time an editor wrote
more than a couple lines about my manuscript, and I was thrilled to
make the changes.
Feb. 8, 2014: I resubmitted the corrected manuscript and hoped for the best.
April 6, 2104: I signed a contract with The Wild Rose Press.
6, 2014 – I began making edits my editor suggested to my manuscript
using the edit option. Correspondence was done through email. This was
the time for any serious rewrites. We went back and forth four times
before all major edits were completed in June.
April 29, 2014: I
submitted a blurb, which is the paragraph on the back of the book that
introduces the characters, plot, and problem to be solved to entice a
reader to buy the book. I also submitted a biography for the book and
chose the most alluring scene of 100 words for the front of the book.
It’s the passage people read to decide if they like your writing style.
May 5, 2014: The official blurb for my book is finalized after being reviewed by a committee.
5, 2014: I sent cover art suggestions on a form asking for
descriptions of the characters, setting, clothing, etc. I also chose an
artist to design the cover and a list of several book covers I liked so
she would know my preference.
June 2, 2104: The cover art was sent to me for review and approval.
8, 2014 – Galleys were sent to me for editing minor changes using
sheets instead of directly on the manuscript, which is now in a
different format. This continued five times.
Jun 25, 2014 – I sent approval for the manuscript to go to production.
July 23, 2014 – A copy of the final manuscript was emailed to me.
Sept. 2, 2014 – I sent marketing suggestions for Twitter, Facebook, etc.
Oct. 1, 2014 – My book was ready for pre-order and sent to reviewers.
Oct. 8, 2014 – My official release date of publication.
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