Well I managed to get about an hour and a half of sleep today so I can't tell you how long I'll make it the rest of the day. After finishing a book you would think the work would be over, right. Wrong. It has only just begun. At least that is the case for me as I's sure it is for most of us little or totally unknown authors.
I fall between the little or totally unknown close to the bottom category.
Oh well you have to crawl before you walk but at my age crawling around on these old knees is not only real slow going it's painful as hell to boot.
Anyway why does the real work begin now that the book is finished you ask. Well first you do a self edit and hope you're not too stupid or too blind not to see most of your mistakes and let me tell you I make a lot. Once this is done you have the corrections to make. You now have to work on the cover, No that's a real bitch especially since I do my own. Now while you're working on the cover I may make another run through of the book and then more corrections to be done. Yes there will be quite a few I missed the first time. Now at this point I will hand it over to my editor with confidence that I've got this. I've managed to turn over to the person who is going to judge me on my grammar and spelling with high hopes that my judge, jury, and executioner is going to come back with an innocent verdict and that my work is pristine. Again WRONG. I've been handed back a collection of pages with more red marks on it than there is black ink, or so it would appear. Of course what follows that? More damn corrections.
I'm seriously thinking about going back to school to take a remedial course in English. Hey I've been out of school for a hell of a long time and I don't remember the last time I diagrammed a frigging sentence so cut me some slack. To be honest I may not remember the exact time did diagram a sentence but I have a very good idea of when I did I just refuse to admit how long that has been.
No there will be something new in this book that I have not included in the others. There will be a map added of the make believe town of Tiner and the make believe lake that it sits on. I am putting a list of all the characters who have been in all my books in the series just so people can keep up with who's who and what their claim to fame it. I run character's in and out of my stories like it has a revolving door and not a simple cover. Hum, I wonder if I could make a 3-D book cover resembling a revolving door. Don't underestimate me I will probably try just to see if it can be done.
Anyway I'm tired as hell and still have a long way to go. It's to bad that reality isn't like fantasy sometimes. Imagine what my world would look like it things went in the real world like you picture them in her head. Anyway off to fix dinner, yes I do cook, occasionally.