Writing and publishing a book in 24 weeks from start to print
The title says it all, doesn’t it?
I started writing my first book (The Chef & I … a nourishing narrative) on Monday September 5th 2011.
I also started writing a daily rhyme on my Facebook page so I could not use writers block as an excuse. To date, because I have not missed a day, I have written 213 rhymes and have gathered almost 4,000 fans in six months.
I took a week off during halloween break because the kids were home from school and they would not stay quiet enough for me to write.
I finished the narrative part of the story on December 10th, 2011.
I did ‘nothing’ for half of December and half of January.
I procrastinated ALOT about typing up and editing all the Chef’s recipes.
In February, Annie Atkins came to visit (one Valentines weekend) and we made some amazing progress with the food shots.
I was mentally ready to finish the book.
I found the dream design duo – who were right under my nose the whole time.
In March they got their hooks stuck in and encouraged me to let go. This was not easy.
They knew what they were doing. I did not.
I had to trust them. I wanted to trust them. So I let go.
Today – 48 hours before my university deadline, I picked up a ‘mock’ copy of my first book. It, being a mock-up, is gorgeous in itself so I can only imagine how pretty the finished book will be. On Friday I will be going to the printshop to see the book on ‘plates’ and watch the first lithograph print run come spilling out ‘hot off the press’.
They are letting me take photos so I can blog all about it.
I have not slept for days or even weeks – worried that my final grade for Creative Writing was in jeopardy.
I will sleep tonight.
The next few posts will be all about the print, publishing and pricing end of my book journey.
I have learned SO MUCH over the last few months and can’t wait to share it with you!
WiseMóna – author (finally) emerged
PS – for those of you that are new to WiseWords blog (hello!) heres the deal in a nutshell.
This book was my 3rd year project and there are 12 weeks before Christmas and 12 weeks after Christmas to get your course work done.
I hope I get an ‘A’.
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I am a native Galway girl that seems to be drawn to professions that rhyme with 'err'. Writer, Mother, Restauranteur, Wedding Planner, Dishwasher, Grass cutter, Cocktail maker. I suppose you could say I am a well rounded entrepreneur.
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