Genesis of a Novel – Part XVI – Last Round of Edits and Cover Art

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.


Now that the first round of edits were submitted and read through, I got a second round – mostly minor items and questions, more grammatical and stylistic than story questions. I sent those back in good order (plus a couple more refinements I had thought of since my last submission).

The bare truth is that a writer never finishes editing a book. They simply stop being able to make those edits into the final copy. “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” — da Vinci


Now that the second round of edits are back to my editor, she could send a third round if needed. However, she didn’t – so she sent it on to my publisher. My publisher then sends the manuscript to a proofreader for any final grammatical or punctuation issues. Once that is done, the publisher formats the final form, including title page, dedications, forewords, appendices, back matter, copyright page, etc.


Also during this time is the cover art creation. My publisher works with a fantastic cover artist who has been kind enough to work on most of my book covers. Cora Graphics does amazing work! But I don’t work directly with her – all correspondences go through my publisher. It keeps the diva authors from pissing off the artist, totally understandable. Also, the publisher gets the final say, even though mine is great at getting my input and suggestions.


Once the editing, formatting, and cover art is done, the publisher will send me my Author’s Kit. This will include several sizes of my book cover, a twitter banner, ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) of my novel to send to reviewers in .ePub, .mobi and .PDF form.


Then the madness begins! Stay tuned for the next installment when that happens.



More parts!

Part I – The Beginning

Part II – Research

Part III – Place

Part IV – Scenes

Part V – Opening Lines

Part VI – Characters going Awry

Part VII – Scene by Scene

Part VIII – The Boggy Middle

Part IX – Procrastination and NaNoWriMo

Part X – More Procrastination and First Draft Done!

Part XI – Beta Readers

Part XII – Beta Edits

Part XIII – Submission!

Part XIV – Acceptance!

Part XV – First Round of Edits

Part XVI – Last Round of Edits and Cover Art


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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Christy Jackson Nicholas, Author , and

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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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