I came to writing novels relatively late in life. It takes me about a year to write, edit and format each title. I prefer to be self-published rather than seek a publisher as I can retain full control over my product.
I design my own covers using artwork from various sources, all of which is obtained legitimately, which I then modify and credit as required.
I edit as I go along, (a process which is frowned upon by many, but if it works for you then use it.) Firstly, I read over what I have written, usually the following day. I then import the text into a fabulous program called Autocrit. The finished product is forwarded to my editor, Sue Noyes, who then casts her eagle eye over it, returning it to me with suggestions and corrections. Each chapter goes through this process a minimum of three times, and quite often more, before the manuscript is complete. The completed manuscript is then subjected to the same process for a final polish.
Once that is done, the manuscript is exported as a Word document, (I write using a program called Scrivener,) the interiors are then formatted using a guide produced by Jo Roderick, which has proved invaluable; (check out all his work here.) Once this is done and as much stray code is removed as possible, I import the Word document into Adobe Acrobat to convert to a PDF file, which is the format my printers require, (the same PDF file is used to produce the eBook.) After reading through a proof copy of the final book, the go ahead is given to the printer and my book is available for sale.
Now you know how I go about writing novels, why not have a look at my titles and read an excerpt?
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