The Publishing Process: Curling Vines & Crimson Trades

SO MANY THINGS ARE HAPPENING FOR MY UPCOMING NOVEL!

Last month I finally came up with the title for the second book in my adult fantasy series I’ve just been calling “Orenda’s story:” Curling Vines & Crimson Trades.

The first Thursday of this month (July 2) I turned in Curling Vines & Crimson Trades to Desert Palm Press and now I’m a ball of excitement. I celebrated with some wine and cookies, like you do. 🙂

So now that the manuscript has been turned in to the publishing house, a couple of things gets set in motion. Every publisher is different, of course, but here are some things we need to start working on.

  1. Editing: The manuscript sits the editor for the first round of edits for the big overarching changes (also known as developmental editing) and then it comes back to me to incorporate those edits. It goes back to the editor for a second round of edits for the line-level changes like grammar and spelling and punctuation (also known as copyediting) and then it comes back to me again to incorporate them again. After that second round of edits, it goes back to the publisher to get the interior designed. Once the interior design is finished, I get to see a printed version and give it one more pass through. So right now for Curling Vines & Crimson Trades, it’s in the editor’s hands.
  2. Cover Design: There’s a cover design brief that I need to work on right now. It’s a document where I write out a synopsis for the cover designer to give them a feel of the book and work on the blurb for the back cover. I add in keywords and themes and any kinds of cover ideas I have so the designer can read through it and create the artwork. I’ve been doing a whole lot of work on that this week. After I turn that in, the designer creates mockups for me and Desert Palm Press to review (trying out different fonts and scenes and such). Then we pick the one that best suits the book!
  3. Marketing: This is such a huge thing that Desert Palm Press and that I work on. And I really have to actually start working on it. On my side of things, I’ll have a giant Word document where I put all my links and ideas about marketing. I have a list of possible places for reviews, interview/articles/press releases, podcasts, newsletters, guest posts, etc. Then I have another document that has drafts of each of those asks (so, for example, I’ll have an email draft where I ask someone to review Curling Vines & Crimson Trades, another draft where I ask if someone would be willing to interview me, etc). I’ll prep Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram posts. I’ll figure out events and brainstorm some other unique ideas to push the book out into the world. (Virtually, because COVID is still a huge deal.) Anyway, I still need to work on this quite a lot. If you run a blog, a newspaper, or a podcast and would like to feature me and my book, let me know! I’m always open for new ideas.

So…yeah, SO MANY THINGS ARE HAPPENING and I am so incredibly excited for all of it. Just so you know, I’ll have way more announcements once I know more: once the cover design is finalized, some marketing ideas, the pub date, etc. (Also: If you want to keep more up-to-date on writing stuff, consider signing up to my newsletter ~ Synergy Newsletter ~ which is Only Good News these days since the world is on fire. It goes out twice a month.)

Hope you’re having a lovely weekend thus far!
Warm regards,
Kellie

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