The trials and tribulations of preparing my book for e-publishing

There comes a time when one can no longer do the rounds of submissions and wait the interminable wait of the hopeful author with agent and publishers. It is taking too long and in the case of my latest book The Truth, many many years too long.
I am the first to admit now that for the first two or three tranches of submissions my book it wasn’t ready when I thought it was. That accounts for 22 submissions up to November 2009. Then came a dormant period until the book was revisited early last year. Since April 2013 I have submitted to another 25 agents and publishers. Of those, only 7 have replied directly with a “no thanks”. The remaining 18 didn’t reply at all and so I am left with the standard disclaimer from their respective websites about volume of traffic and not being able to reply to all of those they receive.
So be it.
The decision has been made and now it is time to get the manuscript ready for the process of making an ebook. For me, this means another read through for typo’s and grammar errors just to make sure. This is the tenth draft I am editing and if the truth is told, no pun intended, more like the 16th or 17th draft.
Then came the surprise. The opening paragraph. Quite a significant part of the book I am sure you would agree. With my ever increasingly trained eye for such things (and that journey has been documented in my various blogs) I find that it is more “tell” than “show” so I do the only thing I can, CUT.
The first paragraph has been cut and a short amendment to the second has made it far more interesting and enticing. Well I think so anyway. Other minor changes have been made to the first three chapters taking out narrative when a short adjustment to adjacent dialogue has made the flow better. So, with this hat on I shall persevere for the next day or so until I am completely? happy with my manuscript.
Then will come the “show-hide” review to take out blank lines and all of that sort of stuff after a passage or chapter has been complete.
I shall keep you posted on my progress for the ebook and physical paperback that will follow close behind.
I will also be video blogging so keep a look out for me on the ether.
The Truth, by Andrew Marsh


About purpleandrew

Andrew, recently diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome is a 54 year old former geologist always had short hair, suited & booted for work. That all changed when the credit crunch hit. Now a complimentary therapist, hospital radio presenter, and writer. Andrew writes crime thrillers, Young Adult, and fantasy books as well as blogging about writing and other stuff that he feels strongly about.
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3 Responses to The trials and tribulations of preparing my book for e-publishing

  1. sjoycarlson says:

    I’m about to start submitting to agents again on a new novel. Been through the excruciating process before with two others. Bracing myself for loads of no responses…. At least now there are other viable options. Happy editing and best of luck with e-pub. I’ll follow your blog and learn from you ;P

  2. shreid2013 says:

    I totally understand what you are going through. I’ve sent books to publishers – some said sorry and some didn’t reply. I decided to go the self publishing route and I have never regretted it Obviously there is much more money to be made if a publisher takes on your book, but who knows if your ebook takes off and is noticed by a publisher, that’s the way to go. From my point of view I have gained confidence through the number of sales and it has inspired me to keep writing.
    Good Luck Andrew! See you at Swanwick.

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