After countless revisions over the past ten months, the final page has closed on The eBay Killers and it is being dispatched to the publishers for final formatting later today.
What started as a ‘Hell yes I can write a novel in thirty days’ challenge evolved into a much larger project as I soon discovered that writing a book was more than just hitting the word count.
From enthusiastically printing out my first draft in May 2014, through a complete revision after I learned that writing in third person is really boring and the endless revisions afterwards, this book writing business is bloody challenging.
What did I learn?
- Being able to write quirky posts on the Komodo Paddle Club website after a dragon boat regatta does not translate to writing a novel.
- Getting caught up in my own ego after reading online about novelists who hit the big time with their first book is like ordering a million dollar car based on the fact you think you might win the lottery next week.
- If you ask someone to review your book, ask for brutal honesty (thank Chicki) and then park your attitude when the feedback starts coming in.
- Treat your first book like the first time you went to the gym. While you can see how everything works, you will still need to practice (a lot).
- If you’ve invested time in writing, don’t try to be an expert in publishing and be ready to spend some money to make sure its right when you hit the button.
It’s finished, what now?
Firstly, thanks to the friends and family who have stuck with the fact I was writing a book and encouraged me along the way. Nearly a year in the making, it’s taken far longer than I expected. Thanks to my learned reviewers Chicki, Lynn Burnett, Fred Lehmann, Brett Sherd, my brother Andrew and ever-wise sage Gina Chick, it’s time now to hit the button and get on with it.
The manuscript has been dispatched for final formatting ahead of submission to the major online book stores (iBooks, Amazon etc). There will be hard copies available via print on demand from CreateSpace (Amazon).
Will the publishing world beat a path to my door and have a street fight over the global print and movie rights to ‘The eBay Killers’? Possible, but highly unlikely.
Will the book sell more than 100 copies? I would like to think so, but that is all I am aiming for.
Will I get together with friends and family for a boozy book launch? Definitely.
Stay tuned for updates on the book launch, I’ll keep you posted when pre-orders become available on iBooks and Amazon.