My Publishing Journey: Skeletons in the Attic—Editing, ARCs & Blog Hops

71818cc648013546d72e164fdf51e1aeIt’s hard to believe that I just signed the publishing contract with Imajin Books for Skeletons in the Attic in March, and it’s already on the fast track to be published August 21, 2016! After giving the manuscript one final review (and yes, after all my previous readings, I still found some typos!…how do those sneak in?), I sent the document off to my assigned Imajin editor, Todd Barselow.  Todd will complete three rounds of editing. After completing each round, he’ll send the manuscript back to me, at which point I’ll accept or reject changes, and make any revisions necessary to strengthen the book. Our timeline is tight—mid June—but it’s doable.

The next item on my agenda was to create a “Galley Proof” Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) PDF. This has been sent to a handful of authors. These authors have agreed to read Skeletons in the Attic, and provide a back of the book blurb if they enjoyed it. This is a nerve-wracking process, because I’ve approached authors who I really admire. Their opinion means much more to me than just an endorsement.

I’ve also created a print copy, coil bound at Staples Business Depot, for my husband, Mike, to read. As I write this, he’s busy  looking for typos and making notes in the margins—there is no plot hole too small for Mike to notice. Which is great…but, well, you know. Sometimes he thinks he is so darned clever!

Last, but certainly not least, over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be looking for blog opportunities for the week of August 21st, and beyond. This involves approaching other bloggers, and hoping they have a spot for me. The idea, you see, is to get as many readers as possible to learn about Skeletons in the Attic. Early sales are usually an indicator of how well a novel will do. If you have a blog, and would like to host me, I’d love to hear from you.

Stay tuned for updates. There’s only 15 weeks to post time!

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8 responses to “My Publishing Journey: Skeletons in the Attic—Editing, ARCs & Blog Hops

  1. Judy Penz Sheluk

    I think you may be onto something there…

  2. vweisfeld.com

    Those typos that sneak in? And the dropped words? There’s a simple explanation: gremlins.

  3. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Susan, you know how crazy it can be. It’s like someone comes in overnight and plants them 🙂

  4. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thank you Marian! It’s fun to share…

  5. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thank you, Sheri! I will take you up on that offer.

  6. Hope you catch all those pesky typos, and good luck with the rest of your preparation!

  7. Marian McMahon Stanley

    Every success, Judy – thanks for sharing your journey!

  8. eightpawswriting

    since I don’t have a blog, I will be happy to share Skeltons in the Attic on my Facebook page and other book sites! Can’t wait to read it!

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