Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Snail's Pace

As of today, my second novel The Treasures of Venice will be released in 104 days. While that isn't a very long time, only a little over 3 months, considering I started writing this story in the spring of 2004, it has been a very looong time coming!

One thing I've learned since I made a serious commitment to becoming a published author, NOTHING in the publishing business moves fast.

For example, I think the timeline for my debut The Wild Sight is pretty typical.

It took me almost a year to research and write the story. But I did a BIG NO-NO in the publishing business -- I sent a query before the manuscript was complete! "GASP!" But this wasn't my first manuscript and I was pretty confident about how long it would take me to finish. Plus, I already knew how very slowly the wheels of publishing turn.

So on Feb. 14th, I sent a query asking if the editor would like to see a partial. Three months to the day, May 14th, I got a positive reply!

I sent the three chapters and synopsis and continued working on the manuscript, secure in the knowledge that "the first editor to read the story never buys it."

A couple of months later, at the end of July, the editor called me and asked for the entire manuscript! Yes, I was a bit thunderstruck (actually the DH was since he took the call) because an editor never called me before, but I was still SURE that old rule about the first editor never buying was true. I hurriedly did some final revisions to the manuscript and sent it off the first week of August.

I got THE CALL six weeks later on September 14th! So much for all those old rules!

But remember I had actually started researching and writing 14 months earlier. Then I got my revision letter, and finished those in the middle of December. Copyedits, galley proofs, and ARCs followed.

FINALLY on Oct. 1, 2008 The Wild Sight was released! Thirteen months after The Call and a full 27 months after I'd first started it. And two weeks ago, at long, long last, I received my first royalty statement, which only covered Oct. through Dec. 31st of last year. Still, it was almost THREE YEARS after I first started writing. This is why "Advances" were created, and why very few authors actually earn a living from their writing.

Why in the world would I put myself through all this toil and tears and very little remuneration?

Because nothing in the world is as exciting as seeing the book I wrote sitting on the store shelf, or hearing from someone who read it that they enjoyed my characters and their story! It's the realization of my long held dream to write books and have other people read them.

Yes, I freely admit, I AM CRAZY! But I'm loving it!


TinaFerraro said...

My books take between 20 and 24 months from the time of contracting!

But I must say, as a big fan of THE WILD SIGHT, and as someone who has read parts of THE TREASURES OF VENICE, that I know the long wait will be worth it!

Allison said...

Well, I think we all are a bit crazy at times!! Really love The Wild Sight..and can't wait to get my copy of The Treasure of Venice!! Love to see people that love books as you do!

terrio said...

I don't think you're crazy. And compared to some others (as you well know) the wait from starting that first book to seeing their name on a cover is MUCH MUCH longer. LOL!

Sometimes I think life is more about doing things that make us happy than doing things that make us money. Grant it, money is a good thing to have, but it's not the most important thing to have.

The choices I've made without considering money, or even resulting in losing money, have almost always turned out to be the best ones.

Jane said...

Ooh, only a little over a 100 days to go. There's nothing wrong with crazy.

Helen said...

Well I don't think that you are CRAZY because you have given lots of pleasure time Reading The Wild Sight and the build up to reading The Treasures Of Venice is fantastic and I really appreciate all the work involved in writing so as we readers have such wonderful adventures and as I am typing this there is only 100 days to go YAY

Have Fun

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hey Tina!

If it weren't for YOU and your pictures of The Cemetery Isle, I might never have finised TToV! Be SURE to check the Acknowledgments when you get your copy!


Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

I AGREE, Allison!

We are all a wee bit crazy! How else would we survive in this crazy world?

Can't wait to hear what you think of TToV!


Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Terrio, I did not say TToV or TWS were the first book I wrote. THAT 104,000 word tome shall never see the light of day, THANK HEAVENS!

But I agree! Money isn't everything, and it can't make you happy, but it sure can help you be miserable in a lot more comfort! LOL! KIDDING! And expect Aunty to become much more severe with you about your writing once you finish that degree!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

LOL Jane!
Nope, a little crazy can be a GOOD thing sometimes!


Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

In less than an hour here, it will also be 100 days!

I'm sooo happy you've enjoyed TWS and I'm SURE you're going to LOVE the hero of TToV.


Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

ALmost forgot to say: SUPER CONGRATS to Tina on her Rita Nomination!!!


PJ said...

AC, following your dreams could never be a mistake. Speaking as a reader, I'm ever so grateful that you continue to do so!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

AWWWW! Thanx PJ!

You're a peach!