This morning I finished my final draft! It is a little hard to believe. I know I still have a lot of work to do before publishing.
First, my wife will read my manuscript while I decide on some professional editing. I have not decided yet if I will have an editor from a publishing house or a freelance editor do the work.
I will also make a decision on the publishing route. I have decided that I will contract with a “self publisher”. I researched many of these options online. Now, I will make some calls to interview the ones that I am interested in.
While doing that, I will be also putting more time into developing my online presence. This includes my website, enhancing my blog, and networking through the various social media sites.
My hope is to have a solid following by the time my book is ready to be published. Not only will this help with marketing of the book, but it also could catch the attention of a traditional publisher.
As I started my morning today, I was thinking about finishing my final draft today. I had not been confident that this day would ever come. Even though some had encouraged me over the years to write, I was not sure that I would ever take the time to do so.
I thought about how so many people have a story to share, but in comparison so few take the time to write it. Just like any endeavor or project, many excuses prevent someone from writing a book. I am proud of myself for jumping that hurdle and sharing this story. Hopefully, there will be more to come.