Yes, yes, I have finally gotten to where I am reasonably happy with the edits, and I’m submitting my novel to my publisher for consideration.
Since I’ve a standing relationship with my publisher, it is much easier for me to do this process than someone starting out. I work with a small-press publisher (Tirgearr Publishing has about 100 authors), and they don’t require an agent, so I can just send my submission in via email. But there are some steps first.
I first go through and do one last read-through for errors or inconsistencies. I make sure anything I want italicized is both italicized and highlighted (my publisher asks that we do this). Since many of my novels are set in historical Ireland, I make sure I have a glossary/pronunciation guide in the back for any words that would be unfamiliar to readers. If there’s a map, I add it. I write my dedication and/or acknowledgements. I make sure my blurb and taglines are up to date, relevant, and pack some punch.
Then I format it per the PRECISE guidelines of the publisher. This is very important. If they want triple-spaced, comic sans type size 18, then that’s what you do (while cringing). More likely it’s double-spaced, Times New Roman size 12.
And then I wait.
The longest time I’ve waited to hear about a submission is 105 days (first novel). The shortest length was 10 days (latest novels). It has, in fact, gotten shorter with each novel, though I submitted Misfortune of Vision on May 8th, and it’s been over 10 days for this one. But I was told ahead of time my editor is currently swamped, so I’m not too concerned.
The waiting is the toughest part.
In the meantime, I finished the first draft of Misfortune of Song, the prequel to Misfortune of Vision. I’ve also completed the approval for the book cover on Call of the Morrigu, and I should get the author kit for that tomorrow… it might even be up for pre-order tomorrow, woohoo! Call of the Morrigu was the 10-day acceptance book. I sent it in on January 24th of this year, and it was accepted February 3rd. I got first edits on April 11th. That whole process – submission to release date – has ranged from 176 days (my first novel) to 176 (Call of the Morrigu).
Oh, the waiting.
The next step will (hopefully!~) be the contract, the cover art, the blurbs, the tagline, all that good stuff.
I write historical fantasy novels, mostly set in Ireland, and a contemporary romance based on my parents’ 30-year search for true love. Don’t miss information on Celtic myth and history, as well as practical travel planning tips, and hidden places, in my travel books.
- Call of the Morrigú – Historical fantasy set in 1797 Ireland.
- The Enchanted Swans– Historical fantasy set in 500 BCE Ireland, based on The Children of Lir, an Irish Fairy Tale.
- Better To Have Loved– Contemporary romance based on the true story of my parents’ 30-year search for love
- Legacy of Hunger– Historical fantasy set in 1846 Ireland. Druid’s Brooch #1 (Now available in PRINT!)
- Legacy of Truth– Historical fantasy set around 1800 Ireland. Druid’s Brooch #2
- Legacy of Luck – Historical fantasy set in 1745 Ireland and Scotland. Druid’s Brooch #3
- Misfortune of Vision – Historical fantasy set in 12th century Ireland. Druid’s Brooch #4 (release date January 10, 2018)
- Misfortune of Song – Historical fantasy set in 12th century Ireland. Druid’s Brooch #5 (projected release date April 2018)
- Misfortune of Time – Historical fantasy set in 11th century Ireland. Druid’s Brooch #6 (first draft done – in editing)
- Turlough’s Tale – Short Story in The Druid’s Brooch series, set ten years before Legacy of Luck.
- Stunning, Strange and Secret: A Guide to Hidden Scotland
- Mythical, Magical, Mystical: A Guide to Hidden Ireland
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