These kids (characters in my book) were conceived eight years ago and I just now finally gave birth! Now we are in the editing stage right now. The senior is an aspiring English teacher so she is doing all of the punctuation/grammar editing and then I and my friend will do content editing. Someday, hopefully, I will be able to hire someone to do the editing because I hate hate hate doing it myself. Layout is pretty much set (and I must say the interior is going to be pretty), we just have to plug in the finished project when I type in all of the changes. Sigh....Someday I will hire a typist. I used to love to type, but I just can't sit and do it like I want to, because of my hips.
So what's next? Well, I have to decide on a cover. I never thought this part of the project would be so hard! I want it to be super special though because I can't afford to buy rights to a lustful couple picture to put on there. I have three options right now that I love, but I JUST CAN'T DECIDE! I have been asking for opinions and it still doesn't make it any easier, because once my friends chose one, I find another style I like. So, my point with this? It might take another eight years to publish because I can't chose a damn cover! Haha!
So, after the cover is picked we will wrap up all loose ends and it will be time to publish. I am so excited I can't even concentrate sometimes. lol It looks like the book will be 5 x 8 and about 313 pages or so (not counting title, copyright etc. pages) I thought I was going to be lucky to get 200 pages out of it. So that was a pleasant surprise. This book has a little bit of everything; drama, love, passion, heartbreak, comedy, fun and SEX, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised at how long it is.
So, would you all like to read the synopsis that will appear on the back of my book? Okay, here it is: VIRGIN VOYAGE
|Example of interior layout|
"I've waited a lifetime to touch you like this"
Mari Mannon and Graham Blake always loved each other, but life kept getting in the way. An Alaskan cruise vacation might be just the place to overcome their demons and rebuild the love they once had--to discover a passion they’ve never known. But first, Mari must cast aside her inhibitions to become the independent, carefree woman she once was. And Graham must learn to believe in love again. Can they find their way, or will everything fall apart for good?
And the good news? There will be four more books in the series. One about each of the Mannon Children - Next up is Alaskan Ambush! If you want to read excerpts of Virgin Voyage visit my other site http://www.writerjjellis.com
Coming soon: Sneak peek at the cover! (If I ever chose one :/)
Until next time...Follow your dreams no matter how long it takes. Keep at it, and no matter what, you have to work hard!