Every once in a while, I get e-mails from aspiring writers asking me all sorts of questions. I don’t mind these (and please keep sending them in guys!), but every so often I get a question that I think would be interesting to address in a blog post. The question in particular was "When is a book ready to be released?", and it really got me thinking about my own book release process.
As my long-time readers know, the first edition of Gift of the Destroyer was released too early. It had been read by plenty of proofreaders, but not by any qualified editor, and contained a lot of glaring errors. The second edition fixed quite a few of those (thanks to the work of Gareth, who volunteered to point out errors in exchange for a free copy), but it wasn’t until the third edition (the one edited by Ashley Davis) that I was completely satisfied with the quality of the book. Naturally, I adapted my editing process accordingly after this experience, and The Raven’s Endgame had no such problems.
Now that I’m close to finishing the first draft of the final book in the Hunter in the Dark trilogy, I once again have to get the editing process going. This process is as follows:
With this process, I feel I can deliver quality books in reasonable time. Also, having a clear idea of the process I need to follow makes it easier for me to give estimates on when a book is finished. If anyone has any further questions about this process, feel free to comment, or use the contact form!