It’s been a hell of a long slog, but this afternoon I finished a two and a half year journey. I completed the first draft of High Moor.
There have been times when I never thought I would manage it. Months where I lost interest on the novel and worked on short stories instead. Even more months where I did nothing, unable to find the time to write among the distractions of my day to day life.
I’ve been told to pat myself on the back, take a break and enjoy the fact that I have actually written a novel. Unfortunately, I can’t do that. Not yet.
Everything I read on the subject tells me that self-publishing is the way to go with this book. A year ago, I would have laughed at the suggestion. Not any more.
So, I’m going to see if I can get my second draft done inside of the next two weeks. The first few chapters need a lot of work. My writing style has evolved since I wrote those first few words, and I need to make my voice consistent throughout.
Once I’m happy with that, the book will go off to some beta readers. Then to a freelance copy editor to fix any punctuation or grammatical errors that I’ve missed.
The final cover is done. Check it out below.
I still have to write the blurb, which is proving harder than the novel in some respects. I still have to get a tax certificate from the US treasury so that Amazon don’t hit me with a 30% tax on every sale. I still need to format my word document into something suitable for all ebook formats and a print edition.
The end? Not even close, but I’m excited about the next few months, and I can’t wait for the book to get out there and see what people think.