Saturday, June 17, 2017

June update

My goal this year is to publish The Ashes of Home before the end of the year, hopefully in November.

There’s a lot of work still to do before then. I’ve got a group of critiquers looking at the novel in depth, but this is a long process. I don’t expect they’ll be done before the end of August, which leaves little time for final edits and multiple read-throughs.

Then I need to get the whole thing in the hands of the book designer, which from past experience will take a few weeks of back and forth before getting back the final product.

All this stacks up in terms of timelines, many pieces of which are outside my control. But I think it’s still do-able.

One thing I’m doing differently this time around is getting a head start on the cover art. Previously I went to the book designer with only rough drafts to discuss, which meant a month or two elapsed time slotted into the process while I produced the final artwork. This time I am being a bit bolder and settling on the artwork ahead of time.

I posted some drafts back in January, and the overwhelming consensus was for design #2, so that is what I’m going with. While the critiquing process is ticking quietly along, the artwork is starting to take shape.


5 comments:

  1. Fun to be able to watch that cover design develop.

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  2. Hi Ian - at least you can change your skill set when you feel the need ... I'd love to be able to design and paint ... but no - not even going to try! Interesting art work ... and you're organised ... good luck with it all -cheers Hilary

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  3. Is that going to be a spaceship in the middle? Cool.

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  4. Stephen, it's good to be able to record progress.

    Hilary, drawing & painting was my first creative skill. I kinda drifted into writing very late on.

    Alex, that is indeed. The one shown in my January post, but finished off properly.

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  5. Do what you can when you can, eh? I LOVE the ambiance so far. Can't wait to see the finished product!

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