Genesis of a Novel – Part XIV – Acceptance!


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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I am an artist, accountant and author living in western New York, transplanted from Denmark, Michigan, Florida, West Virginia, Pennsylvania (in that order!) I love the beauty of the world and sharing it with others through jewelry, photography, digital painting and writing.

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