Posted by: Kerry Gans | June 19, 2014

Publisher Edits Done: What Next?

My journey towards publishing took another step this past weekend. I took advantage of being childfree to delve deep and finish the edits my publisher had sent me for my novel OZCILLATION. After working on them for weeks, I could hardly believe when I made the final change and hit Save.

I sent them off to my editor with much jubilation.

So what now? There will be at least one more round of edits. As my editor explained, the first round is for the “lumps”—the bigger picture things that need to be smoothed out. Such as extending the ending, tweaking the voice, adding more depth to the world. The next round will be a “polish” edit, focusing more on the nit-picky details of grammar and word choice and things like that. I suppose, if necessary, we would do a third, but hopefully that won’t be needed.

We are also starting to move into the marketing side of things. Most importantly, do we keep the title or change it? I personally like OZCILLATION for a number of reasons, but if we can come up with a more market-friendly title that resonates with me, I am not opposed to changing it. I am terrible at coming up with titles, so I hope the publishers have more ideas!

I am starting to work behind the scenes for when we need to start the book buzz process. I am getting my website and blog revamped. I want to work on a Teacher’s Guide and Book Club questions. I am trying to network with librarians, teachers, parents, and kids to see how I can fulfill some need for them while getting word out about my book.

There’s so much to do! The journey continues into uncharted territory.

Any published authors out there who can suggest other things I should be thinking about/working on?

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  1. Congratulations, Kerry! I’m a fan of a title change, as you know—I fear it might ward off some potential readers who think you’ll be writing above their vocabulary level. But could I help you? NO. I suck at titling, too!

    A tip from the School of Hard Knocks as to what you could now be doing: If you aren’t connected with well-punished authors in your genre, now’s the time to connect with potential blubbers on FB and Twitter!

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    • Thanks, Kathryn! I assume you meant “well-published” authors (I think we are all well-punished, just by virtue of our profession), and “blurbers” (although I have often wanted to blubber during this process!). Great advice, though, as usual. I need to research that, as I only know the authors in that genre from waaay back in time when I was a kid.

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