Been a while, hasn’t it?

I won’t get into all the ridiculous amount of obstacles I faced in getting the 2nd edition edit of book 4 done.  Everything from house issues, to eye problems in my left eye, to sleep issues, to whatever.  It was just one thing after another, but…at last…I’m happy to say that I’ve finally finished the 2nd edition re-edit, and I’ve added 25,401 words to the story, which is roughly the equivalent of about four full chapters worth of material.

So, what’s next?

Well, the next steps in order are:

  • Spellchecking
  • Write a new synopsis and edit the metadata.
  • Create a new or altered graphic for the cover.
  • Put the print version together.
  • Create the cover for the print version.
  • Publish the ebook and print versions.
  • Get started on the 2nd edition re-edit of book 5.

I’m extremely happy with how these second edition re-edits are turning out.  In the first editions, the story was there, but I didn’t have the writing or editing skills that I have now, so I’m basically making these 2nd edition versions the way I truly wanted these stories to be now that I have the skills to do so.  What sucks is that it’s a 21 book series, so I still have a LONG way to go with the 2nd edition versions, but now that I’m back to work on them, I’m actually feeling really motivated.

Anyway, that’s it for now.  I finished editing the last two chapters this morning, and I haven’t had a chance to sleep yet, so I’ll probably just take the rest of the day off and start with my “To Do” list tomorrow.  I’d like to say it’ll take me a week or less to do all that, but that depends a lot on how long it takes me to do the new cover, and to come up with a synopsis I’m happy with.  The synopsis is always the hardest part of any book, so that usually takes some time to come up with.

I’m not promoting the series at all while I’m doing the 2nd editions.  I only want people to read the 2nd edition versions, so I’m not going to do any promotion whatsoever until I get them all done.  Then I’m going to hit it hard and really promote the hell out of the series.  That’s my plan anyway.