It would be too much of a cliché to say it has been a journey, or a challenge, or a challenging journey. But it was certainly more of an experience than I expected, and perhaps I am a step further on the road to becoming a wise old man. It is a tale of five parts.
Part 1: Writing – taking my many book ideas and novel openings and really getting stuck into my favourite , turning it into a full, 120,000 word novel. Redundancy helped, making some time available away from the rat race. I wrote the type of book I like to read – epic fantasy. So it was rather like reading but with direct control. I learnt a great deal in doing it, I am still learning – that’s good, that’s life.
Part 2: Editing, re-reading, re-writing, proofing, correcting, etc and etc. What a luxury it must be to have a publisher and an editor, this was hard work – worthwhile because I could see the improvements – but it felt like it would never end. Thankfully I had help from family and friends, they made a huge difference!
Part 3: Cover design and creation was almost as much fun as writing. Continue reading