Genesis of a Novel – Part XIII – Submission!

This is the next installment of a series of posts I’ve been writing, following the process of writing a novel from conception through publication and beyond.

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.


More parts:



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.

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Celtic Fairies, Fables, and Folklore! Bestselling author (top #100 Amazon Canada, #1 in Paranormal Fantasy, Amazon Canada) Christy Nicholas, also known as Green Dragon, is an author, artist and accountant. After she failed to become an airline pilot, she quit her ceaseless pursuit of careers that begin with 'A', and decided to concentrate on her writing. Since she has Project Completion Disorder, she is one of the few authors with NO unfinished novels. Christy has her hands in many crafts, including digital art, beaded jewelry, writing, and photography. In real life, she's a CPA, but having grown up with art all around her (her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother are/were all artists), it sort of infected her, as it were. She wants to expose the incredible beauty in this world, hidden beneath the everyday grime of familiarity and habit, and share it with others. She uses characters out of time and places infused with magic and myth. Combine this love of beauty with a bit of financial sense and you get an art business. She does local art and craft shows, as well as sending her art to various science fiction conventions throughout the country and abroad. Facebook: Homepage: Blog: Twitter:

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