Ernest Hemmingway said, “The only kind of writing is rewriting.” Or maybe he didn’t. I just looked it up. It could be a false quote, but I wanted to write this blog post and not waste time verifying the quote.
Anyway, the point is, my book, The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama, is done. Okay, well, the first draft is. My first draft. I still have 38 days to submit the manuscript to Bombardier Books, and while it is “done” it is not ready. Over the next two weeks, I’ll be editing what I’ve written. This process involves proofreading, cleaning things up, making last minute tweaks and additions to the text. As much as I am totally ready to hand this book off and be done with it, there’s still work to be done before it’ll be in an acceptable state for me to hand it off. I’m not doing this entirely on my own, a trusted beta reader is tackling this part of the process with me. It’s always best to have another set of eyes on your written work, and I’ll feel far more comfortable after this process for the manuscript to be taken off my hands.
I did take a couple of days off after the initial writing was complete to refresh, recharge, and spend some relaxing summer fun with the family. Up to this point, the writing process has consumed most of my evenings and big chunks of my weekends, but, now, I plan to incorporate more leisure time into my schedule, including getting back into running. I’ve usually logged a lot more miles at this point in the year, but now I’ll be able to hit the pavement again. I’m looking forward to it!
Current Word Count: 67,968
First Draft of Manuscript Due: 44 Days
The preliminary first draft of The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama is nearly complete. A few tweaks to the introduction left to make, then it goes off to a trusted beta reader for insight and proofreading while I write the conclusion. Once that is done, it’s off to the publisher for copy editing. Unlike my previous book, which was self-published, this book will have to be complete and edited months in advance of publication. For The Worst President in History, writing and editing was happening up until it was actually submitted to Amazon for publication. Of course, there was more pressure to keep the writing going as long as possible for that book, as Obama’s presidency was still not over yet.
If this review period goes quick and smooth, there’s a potential I can get this new book off to Bombardier Books before my deadline, which won’t impact its publication date, but allows more time for the copy editing process and potential revisions. We’ll see if I’m willing to hand it over early, or use every possible moment available to me to tweak and add to the manuscript. Either way, my work is nearly complete!