This week, things are starting to move again.

First of all, I received word that John Scalzi accepted Death by Cliché for his Big Idea blogs. He does a fair number of those yearly, so I don’t know how tough the competition is, but I was flattered. And delighted, of course. The  marketing people at my publisher seemed pleased as well. So this week I’m going to be reading through the last three or four months of Big Ideas to get a better feel for them.

I also set into motion the other final steps for the book release. I contacted the stand-up comics for my release party. Looks like the final count will be three. I’ve asked them for final details for the poster advertising the event.
I also started to process of getting the final date for my Book Bomb. It’s occurred to me that I need to take that day off.
Now, the rest of the time to release should move smoothly. Mainly because I’ll be busy. I promised my publisher book 2 at the end of the month, and I gave myself until my birthday to goof off. Tonight is the first night I have free since my birthday, so I’ll need to hit the project hard.

My normal process for edits is that I start them at night after everyone is asleep, when I can really dig into my rewrite. The next day, when people are awake and I’m more likely to be disturbed, I go through other people’s notes. Then that night, after everyone’s asleep again, I start the process over with the next day’s work, and my deep rewrite.

So that starts tonight. I also need to set up ads for my game company and design a tournament for a local game store charity event. Then I need to convert the next bit of The Echoes of Heaven for playtest. And somewhere in there I need prep my weakly game for the next few Saturdays.

So the time until release on the 30th should fly by.

[originally posted at:http://www.robertjdefendi.com/main/2016/5/8/your-first-published-novel-part-17]

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