Oh dear. I feel like my ‘spotlight on writing’ section is getting a little repetitive. So, to save you from hearing the complaints of what writing I haven’t done (yet again), I will instead try to explain what I have been doing.
So, it’s probably pretty clear from the brand new home page that things are beginning to move ahead with publication of When the Rain Falls, the first book in our dystopian teen fiction series. And with this comes a myriad of tasks to complete on our ‘to-do’ list. One of these things is a special treat we will be releasing later this month—a short story that acts as a kind of optional prologue. The books make complete sense without it, but it does provide some interesting context for the series, and I’d highly recommend signing up to our mailing list (see below in footer 👇) to receive your free copy when the short story comes available.
There are also more technical aspects. Over the past few months Ashley and I have incorporated Linderson Creations, set up a company bank account, hired a book cover designer, roped in Ashley’s talented sister Mel as our copy and proof editor, and I have tackled the interior formatting using Scrivener.
Putting aside everything else, let’s focus on the interior file for a minute. I’m sure anyone else who has gone through the process of preparing the interior file for their book can sympathize—what you think should take minimal time ends up in hours being spent umming an ahhing over font size, margin width, and just how big your gutter should be. You question what typeface to use and what your paragraph breaks should look like. How to effectively use block quotes, and why, later, it’s still not displaying correctly (in this scenario I realized it had retained some formatting from Microsoft Word when I’d pasted the chapter into Scrivener). I have no clue on how many times I hit ‘compile’ on both PDF and ePub versions, just to find some other aspect which I wasn’t 100% happy with.
But all in all, I’m now pretty happy with the product. It still needs some work. I have yet to edit the front and back matter—you know, the dedications, acknowledgements, copyright, etc. But it looks professional, which is what we’re aiming for. Both Ashley and I can’t wait until we hear back from the cover designer, and are able to finalize the revisions from Mel. Onwards and upwards, I say.
My writing may be slacking, but if I’ve learned anything over the past few years, the job of a writer is more than simply sitting and typing. All these other things are an essential part of the process, and they deserve as much attention and planning as the writing.