Well, I didn’t make my deadline. I surely thought I had, though. I completed the “final edit” this past Thursday evening. I felt great! A great weight was lifted off of my chest. So, I committed to Friday to design the cover. It shouldn’t take but maybe a few hours.
This was my first attempt to design one on my own. I studied up by reading advice online and trying different software and programs, but I had problems with each one. I spent the first couple of hours perusing stock photo’s for my cover image. I finally found the perfect one, but I was having trouble putting the title and such on the picture. I finally got it though, after I had downloaded Paint.net.
I found this FREE program so much easier to use and I finished the cover around 8 p.m. I was exhausted and disgusted with myself because it took me 14 hours of hard work to finally produce my cover. I went to bed.
I woke up on Saturday and decided to read my story one more time, just so that I could read it without the pressure of meeting a deadline. While I was reading the first paragraph, I thought of a better way to say what I had already written in the first sentence of the book. I made that correction and continued to read.
Then I read another one that could have been better written and I changed that too. I kept reading and as I progressed I noticed some punctuation errors. How could I have missed all of this? I can’t explain it, but I did miss all of it on the “final edit.”
So, now I am up to chapter 7. I am going through the book and reading it more intently this time. I must have been speed reading during the “final edit” and that is why I missed so much detail. I guess my “final edit” was really my “semi-final edit.”
So, the cover is completed and I am going through this FINAL EDIT (caps to show that I really mean it) and I hope to have it readily available for you as an eBook on Wednesday, February 20. The print version usually takes a little longer to produce, so it may be a couple of weeks before you can get the paperback. I will let you know when that is available.
I am so sorry that I didn’t have it ready for your enjoyment today, but I really tried. I am very close now, though. I hope you will not forget me.
Please look for it first on Amazon.com. I will post a link to it’s webpage as soon as Amazon has it ready. You can look for it soon on Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and Kobo.
Thank you for putting up with me. I hope you all have a great day.