Book 3 is away…

It is getting close to  the end of February and it’s time for another quick update. I’ve been pretty quiet on here and haven’t written a new post in a while as I’ve had my nose to the grindstone. The copy edit for book 3 came in and it was two and a bit weeks of solid graft, in addition to the day job. But it is now done and has gone off to the publisher. Phew. So, that means there is only one more stage of checking, when I get the proof, before it then becomes an ARC (advanced read copy). Soon after that the book comes out!

Is it still a dark art?

Thinking about the copy edit and then the final proof stage it made me wonder, is there any mystery left to the publishing process? By that I mean, if you are reading this, and you are an aspiring author, do you know what all the stages are that a book goes through before it is published with a traditional publisher? Is there any bit that you don’t understand?

Obviously the process is different if it is digital or self published. I am curious, with so many authors, and people within the industry, now talking about much of what seemed like a dark art to me online, is it all clear now?

Let me know as I’m very curious. Not only about this, but I also still see so many posts, articles and YouTube videos about how to get published and how to approach an agent, and they are full of bad and unhelpful information.

So, I’m now pondering what next, writing some short stories, focusing on some comic book projects and scribbling ideas for the next big thing. Also I’m catching up on some TV I missed the first time around, plus other stuff I’ve never seen. All of which is me trying to relax.