This Tuesday I finished applying all the edits sent to me by my editor for Everlasting. That phase of the publishing process was complete. The next steps were to work on producing the cover for the book as well as the map of Memiana and Orutia that would go inside the book. This week, both the cover (which my younger sister Sandrine is drawing–she painted the cover for Bridget’s Journey as well) and the map (which I am working on with Dad) have been started.
While they continued working on drawing, I started the project on CreateSpace and started formatting the document. However, there is only so much I can do. Now that I have finished most of the last minute edits and most of the formatting that I know how to do, the only thing left to do is…WAIT. I have to wait as Sandrine finishes the cover and wait as Dad finishes the map–after all, you can’t rush art. In the meantime, there isn’t much I can do for this particular project to move it forward, though I desperately just want to finish it!
Waiting is hard, which is why it can be one of my favorite things. Maybe not in the moment, but after I waited and received the worthy results on the other side. I finished writing Everlasting almost two years ago and have been editing ever since. Editing, editing, editing. Although it was annoying, it had to be done. Now that editing is done (YAY!), I have to…wait. Go from reading, fixing, reading and fixing to…waiting. I remember now even more distinctly when I was publishing Bridget’s Journey the feeling of restless waiting.
But I can’t rush this process, otherwise it won’t turn out very well.
So what do I do while I wait?
Occupy myself with something else. So starting next week, I’m going to continue going through The Moonrose Sisters (tentative title) which I finished writing this June and have been meaning to get back to for a while. And/or I can research/plan for my NaNo project in November. Then, when the document is formatted, I can upload it to CreateSpace. When the cover and map are finished, I can upload those. But in the meantime, I must wait.
But it will be well worth it!