I finally finished the polished draft for my novel Revelations yesterday. 78 800 words, 340 pages in Word (double spaced), 35 chapters. No matter how you slice it, that's a lot of work.
I've spent almost two years writing this book. Which is about eighteen months longer than I had hoped to get it done. But still, it's done.
Now I've sent it off to my test readers and I'll wait to see what they think. Once I've gotten their suggestions back and done my best to plug any holes, then it'll go to a hired editor to go through it line by line.
That will also be the point at which I look at hiring a cover designer. And once everything is ready, I can put it up on Amazon. I'm hoping to have it up and available for Christmas.
This is the moment which distinguishes writing as a hobby from writing as a career. My ego isn't what's important here. Now it's about making sure I deliver the best product (novel) that I possibly can.
I definitely need to be more disciplined about getting writing done. During the two years, there were long stretches where I didn't write because of all the other things happening in my life. Life will always happen and I need to make sure I get keyboard time anyway.
I'll also have to venture into the world of Facebook, Twitter and set up stuff under a pen name. I need to write some blog posts for blog tours and think about other promotional stuff. There's a lot of work to do if I ever expect to make any money from this book.