Genesis of a Novel – Part XIV – Acceptance!

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.


That’s right! You read that correctly. Misfortune of Vision, the novel whose journey you’ve all been following since Part I – The Beginning back in July 2016, has now been accepted by my publisher! I’m just waiting on the contract now.


As a point of reference (which has no bearing on any other book, or any other publisher’s time, or anything in the real world, but I love numbers so deal with it), my average days from submission to acceptance, over the course of 8 books, is 45 days. I have no idea if that is shorter or longer than any other book or any other publisher, though I suspect it’s shorter than the larger press publishers. My shortest was 10 days for Call of the Morrigú (due out July 19th!), and my longest at 105 days was for my first novel, Legacy of Hunger. This novel, the fourth in the Druid’s Brooch Series that Legacy of Hunger started, was 29 days.


Of course, that doesn’t mean the journey is over. Not by a long chalk.


Next comes the edits, the book cover, the blurb, the taglines, the marketing, the cover reveal, the release date, the promotions, and then more promotions. And more marketing. And more marketing, and maybe a few promotions here and there. (No, marketing and promotion are not the same).


So what do I do now? Other than read the contract, sign it, fill out the cover art questionnaire, the blurb, and the tagline information…?


I wait.


Yup, just like I was waiting after I submitted the book. Now it’s waiting on my fantastic editor to read through the book and suggest her first round of edits. But that’s the subject of the next post.


In the meantime, I’m editing the next book, Misfortune of Song. While I’m waiting on beta readers to get back to me on that, I’ve started research for the third in this trilogy, Misfortune of Time. Just started, mind you, but it’s begun percolating in my brain. The previous one-paragraph description has already fleshed out into five paragraphs, and will end up around three pages before I start cornering my characters.


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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