A New Writers Learning Curve

There is an awful lot involved with writing and publishing books.

I knew when I decided to take writing seriously, and treat it like a business, that it was going to take a lot of work. At least that is what I told myself. Little did I know exactly how much work it was going take. Nor did I know that with each step my book would take, there would be a bit of a learning curve with each step.

When I first started writing, I was using a old laptop that I have had for years. It had Windows Vista Ultimate with a 64bit processor (If any of you ever had a computer running Vista you know that it had a pile of problems on its own) and I was using, I think, a 2009 or about version of word. I wrote half of Wielder of the Gauntlets in one, long, word document. That really became a pain anytime I needed to go back to previous chapters to check something or make sure I was staying consistant in my story line. Last year when I decided to step up my writing and make something of it I knew I needed an upgrade.

The first thing I did was update my computer from Windows Vista to Windows 7. Now some of you are probably thinking it would have just been easier or better to buy a new laptop with Windows 10 but like I revealed in last weeks blog, I have become a bargain hunter and 7 was cheaper. Plus my laptop is top of the line even by todays standard so I didn’t want to give it up.

The next thing I knew I would benefit from was a better program for writing in. I had heard a lot of great things about a program called Scrivener on most of the Podcasts I had been listing to so I figure I would give it a try. It’s a program that is tailored for writers. After using it now for a few months, and for two out of the three parts of my book, I have come to really love the program. It did take a bit to figure everything out because it has a lot of features and there was a scary moment when I thought I lost all of my book, but I’m learning. I’ve still only just scratched the surface as to what I can do with it.

Finally it came down to finding an editor. I have planned since November of last year to release my book in March. I finished my first draft by December and then had my first rewrite done by the end of January. Little did I know that most editors are usually booked several weeks, if not months, in advance. I went on reedsy.com and made several request for quotes and the first few I got back were declined because they couldn’t meet my time frame. Now I’m starting to get worried that I’ll have to push my release date back. Thankfully, and with perfect timing, I had a lady (her name is Lauren) follow me on twitter and I happened to notice that she was a freelance editor in her discription so I contacted her about my book. She was able to get to my book in my time and I like every thing she did on a sample edit she gave me so that is who I went with. She is also from Pennsylvania, like me, so that swayed me too.

I guess being my first novel I had a lot to learn. I’m also sure that I still have a lot left to learn. The self publishing industry is in a constant flux and things are always changing. What might be the industry standard today could be old news and not used next week. I’m excited to see what other things I will learn as I actually get into the process of publishing my book with the next month and a half or so.

Your friend in the pages of fiction
Jason A. Dimmick