Inching closer to publication with the finalized cover!

Other than the retail price, which I don’t know yet, this is the approved cover for my debut novel, Deep Background, which is set for release in early December. Next, after a final, thorough edit by one of the best copy editors I know (and myself), I will go through and check the pages one more time to make sure nothing was lost in translation.

Then begins the bigger marketing blitz, including sending electronic review copies to everyone who will take one, getting author copies for more marketing purposes, and talking with bookstores, libraries, and other places about readings and signings closer to the release date (any advice from my author friends would be much appreciated).

In addition to that, it’s time to start working on the next novel. I had an idea I was toying with (for those of you who’ve read this story in some version already: no, it’s not a second Levi Cole novel), but I may toy with it some more before I begin typing.

That’s why this is the fun part: that story is still anything I want it to be.

‘Deep Background’ early cover reveal and release date

Deep Background front cover smallerHot off the digital press, here is the cover design from David King and the team at Black Rose Writing! While I signed the publishing contract a while ago now, the concept of my manuscript becoming a physical book has been a bit like an abstract idea.

But now, I know what it’s going to look like.

I also got PDF proofs of the pages, a few more deadlines, and a release date. Here’s a snapshot of the rest of the process:

  1. First copy edit due Aug. 27: Remember how I said I was getting sick of reading my own novel? Guess what, I get to do it again this week. Typos and other errors will be caught, and I will feel bad about the draft that I turned in. But I will get them all, and I’ve enlisted some help.
  2. Final copy edit due ASAP after: After my publisher makes the edits, they will send the revised PDFs for a final review. I will make sure all the edits were made, that they didn’t cause any formatting issues, and maybe even find another one or two.
  3. Ready for pre-order no later than Nov. 27: After “Deep Background” is finalized, it will be available for pre-order through the publisher’s website, here, Amazon, B&N, etc. The earlier the better, so I have plenty of time to generate buzz, which will include getting author copies to distribute for media and events. I plan on having everything locked down way before Thanksgiving.
  4. ‘Deep Background’ released Dec. 6: Copies will be in the hands of readers. I’m formulating how to do a release party, and I will begin doing more signings, events, etc., assuming I don’t die from excitement.

In between hitting these deadlines, I will be getting author reviews (including one from a bestselling author whose last name is not Patterson, King or Grisham) and hopefully some positive media, especially here in Texas.

Finally finished that final, final, final draft

I am sick of reading my novel. I still love the story I wrote, and I think readers will, too. But when you’ve written 70,000 words, rewritten those words, rewritten those words again, line edited those words, and copy edited those words … well, you can imagine the fatigue that begins to set in.

Then, after someone has agreed to publish the novel and you’ve celebrated that success, you get to edit those words again. Did I write this? If I did, is English my first language? Then, as I did the last couple of weeks, you get the opportunity to edit your beloved manuscript one last time before slapping the word FINAL at the end.

I have mercifully reached that point, and I need a break from dealing with that same collection of words.

I will have one last chance to review the galleys and find that typo or misused word still hiding from us all, though I think I will hire a good copy editor friend to do much of that. Until then, it is time to write something else. Anything else. That includes posting to this Website much more frequently. I am also planning to begin the first draft of another novel today.

Then, perhaps in a week or so, I will face that manuscript again to post some excerpts.