Being Published: Behind the Scenes

As many of you know, I sold my now-titled Initium series to Glass House Press in later 2016. I knew from the beginning I wanted to share as much as I could about this whole process, what it entails, my reactions and feelings — all to give you an idea of what goes on in this process!

In my effort to be organized and pretend like I know what I’m doing, I’ve decided to create a blog series. It will be called “Published: Behind the Scenes,” and at least one blog post a month on AwakeDragon will be solely dedicated to detailing all the details I can describe (see what I did there).

I don’t have an agent, so this is me and my publisher, one on one. Hopefully in these posts you’ll get a glimpse into what to expect — and maybe know how to improve right now in what you’re doing.

Needless to say, this is going to be a LONG series. It will, at the very least, last throughout 2017, and probably through most of 2018. Just based off of the first few months I’ve had this contract, I’m going to guess this series I will cover a broad variety of topics:

  • developmental editing
  • copyediting
  • structural editing
  • stylistic editing
  • (repeat: editing, Editing, EDITING)
  • marketing
  • branding
  • author platforms
  • book launching
  • debuting terrors
  • handling criticism
  • improving as a writer

I also have a feeling that some months there may not be that much to say. As many of you already know (or guess), publishing is a looooonnnnnnng process. I’m just now starting to realize why. Everything takes so much longer than you expect!

Some of it will be diary-like. Some of it may be more technical. And I’m sure that my experience is going to differ from other’s experiences. My publisher is a small publisher focusing on intense, high-quality literature — I love their vision and what I think they can do for me. Small publishers have more time to spend with authors, helping and cultivating them. Smaller publishers depend on authors more for marketing and such. This is going to vary if you’re picked up by a bigger publisher, or have an agent. (Even within the same publisher I’m sure experiences will be different) Everyone’s writing journey is going to be different; I just want to share mine.

This page will act as the master-list for all of these posts for ease of locating. Below are all the articles I’ve written so far in this series:


January 2017 (Social media-ing)

February 2017 (My debut into developmental editing)

March 2017 (Mostly a diary entry… writing a prequel!)

April 2017 (More on writing the prequel — and a sneak peak!)

May 2017 (And June and July — hey I was busy. Also, I discuss “Contract” writing vs. “Free” writing)

August 2017 (Update! And the beginnings of cover art…)

October 2017 (Pallet cleansers in writing, and thinking more on marketing…)

June 2018 (Updates, writer self-esteem, and changing perspectives)

An End… and a Beginning (Writing journeys are not always straight and here is where I’m delving off into the unknown)

Comments? Questions? Feel free to ask and share anything you find interesting!

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