I wrote 90% of Dread Allies in a week a couple of summers ago. Before you scratch your head and say that you never heard of that book, relax no one has. It has not been published... yet. It is actually book 16 in the series. Then why is it taking so long? There are a lot of factors. Not least of which is that I am not always sure that a book is done. But other factors play in as well. A book has to get proofread for spelling, grammar, and formatting errors. It then has to get a beta read to go through the story and question the writing so I know when I release the book that my readers aren't lost (at least so far as the plot anyway).
It would not do to have a character speaking to another character in one book only to have that same character off on a rescue mission in another book. Especially if the timelines overlap. Much love to my beta readers. They are not paid by the way. They are family who got roped into helping me.
After that the book marinates. I have to leave it alone and come back to it to do the reread and edit. Once the story is done (?), I have to add in all the stuff that makes it an actual book, like the copyright, table of contents, footers, imagery, about the author pages, book links, etc... Then it has to get a cover.
Once it is an actual book, it moves into an epub file and a pdf file for publication which is a whole different ballgame.
Have I lost you? I hope not. This might not be how others write. I think I am a bit strange that way. Also a bit low on funds always. But as an Indie author this is what works so far for me. You probably want to get back to reading. I need to get to promotion so I can make ice cream before I write anything else.
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Welcome to Ophelia Kee Speaks. This is a blog chronicling my independent author walk. The journey into the dream has been a life-changing experience as I try to become a full-time writer and leave the professional world behind me. In my blog each day, you will find information on the ‘behind the scenes’ for writing contemporary adult fantasy fiction and paranormal romance stories set in the dream. I will speak on topics detailing with my writing, publishing, promotion, and marketing as well as social media dealing with my books, book trailers, book launches, book art, music, audio, and video, as well as shameless self-promotion. I am not an expert and am not claiming to be one. I am simply one writer offering a glimpse of my struggle to become a successful independent author. Thank you for considering my words. All rights reserved.