When I got news of plans to use my book baby for my hometown’s Summer Reading Program, I got up early the following morning to start editing and realized that I was looking at an awful, Pantser 1st Draft. I was horrified I let ANYONE read it. SO many plot holes. It was really just a book skeleton with shreds of flesh, aaaand it had to be ready for a book club in 5 weeks! GAH!
So much to do! All the things! Gah! I was in a mad dash to get everything done. And I mean mad. Like, frothing-at-the-mouth, pulling-out-the-hair, avoiding-the-world sort of mad.
So, me being me, I did what I always do when facing a Class 5 Freakout:
I made a list:
- Create book cover
- Create promotional poster for Author Visit
- Create Book bible
- Edit Book (Version 3)
- Research self-publishing/ beta reader options (Amazon’s Createspace?)
- Order 3 proofs for my unofficial proofreaders (Leland. My mum. Two brothers. Two sisters. A cousin.)
- Put together Author Visit Presentation (May 31, 7pm) & school visits
- Beef up social media (website & instagram. ugh. social media…)
- Proofread myself – make edits & consolidate all proofreader’s notes
- 4th edit
- Order 35 proofs & deliver to library.
- Follow Teen Reading Program through Facetime. Record beta feedback.
- Consolidate & implement feedback for final edit
- Research publication & make submissions
- Become famous author. Finally buy Wild Alaskan Salmon & stop cutting your hair yourself.
The solution to all chaos: lists. Lots of lists.