I’m still in a state of shock over my book being published. I’m so glad I found the courage to finally write this story I’ve been mulling over forever and now sharing it with everyone.
I thought it would be fun to share the process of how I wrote my story.
This story idea of Aster and the Legend of Ignis stemmed from all the times I read The Chronicles of Narnia and The Chronicles of Prydain. But it definitely didn’t start out the way it has ended up. It started out just one girl being found by her fairy godmother who takes her to the Kingdom to learn how to save the world.
Yeah, kind of vague.
When I wrote this first book I pantsed it- which is writer speak for writing by the seat of my pants, no outline. This is not however, how I am working on second book. Writing without an outline is okay, but when creating a series, I’ve found it’s really essential to have one.
I ran with the idea, then I trained it.
I’ve always loved to write, but I have not done well at keeping up my writing habit. I stopped writing in my journal as often, and I stopped writing stories. When I wrote Adelyn’s Amazing Adventures, it didn’t take me long, but it sparked the stories sitting in my imagination waiting to be told. It woke up my love for writing.
Last summer I started making it a priority to write every day. I typed 1,000 words almost every day, sometimes more words than that if the inspiration was strong enough. I laid in the floor, I sat on the porch when the weather felt good, and I sat at my desk with my big window looking out onto the open field below.
I felt good, I felt my writing improve every day. And I had this weird peace because I knew I was doing what I was supposed to be doing. Writing. It’s always been my favorite thing to do and somehow, I lost sight of that.
When I self-published my children’s book, Adelyn’s Amazing Adventures, I did a lot of it on my own. My mom lent me her editing skills and my sister helped with some of the drawings, but I did the publishing part alone. That was a big mistake. Because I’ve come to realize something important- it truly does take a village- in this case to publish a book.
For this book I knew if I wanted to give my best in publishing it, I’d have to have help. I listened to podcasts, YouTube videos and read a lot of blogs. I decided to use Fiver to hire an editor and help in marketing my book once it’s published. I did choose to save my money and create the book cover myself, but that’s a blog post for another day.
My editor was amazing! I used C.K Korfo and he was thorough in his work editing my novel and helping me see the pieces that needed eliminated and the ones that needed refining. He gave me great feedback and I felt like he was giving me the unvarnished truth.
I’m excited to see how the marketing goes, but I know either way at least I gave my best with this book.
There’s a lot more to do in the self-publishing part but I think I’m going to make separate blogs about how to use Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
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