Reading, writing, and arithmetic. Strike that. Read, write, scratch out the word, rewrite, scratch that out, write more, sleep, major lightbulb moment in the middle of the night that makes no sense in the morning, write…
If you are a writer, then that might seem like a familiar pattern. I am in the midst of crazyville, and it’s called publishing a book. Want to join me for a cup of coffee as we catch up?
Book update is here! I have now officially finished it. Woohoo, shout it from the kitchen as I pour us more coffee! I have now finished the first draft of the poetry manuscript. I’m so excited to have the poetry written
and rewritten and now be into the next phase.
Wait, there are secrets to spill. I promised that in the title of this post.
Okay, Secret #1.
There are 80 poems in total.
Yes, 80. Some came easily to me while others were in need of a few extra coats of paint (actually some of them had their entire surfaces changed). A whole lot of them will be ones that you’ve never read before. That’s right, quite of few of the poems that will be in the new book have never been published on this blog or anywhere else for that matter.
So, at this point in the poetry book crafting process I’m dividing the book into sections, which are like chapters. Each section is a chunk that fits within the overall book theme.
Which leads me to Secret #2.
Ahem. Secret #2: The overall theme of the book is about the self. Yes, the self. Not myself specifically. More about the general concept of the self and its various attributes. In poetic form. In christyb voice.
While this is my second adventure into book publishing, it’s different than the last time. My first book Pathways to Illumination was traditionally published, by Redmund Productions, and for this next book I am going to try my hand at self-publishing. I want to have a variety of options available to me, including books that are both traditionally and self-published. Variety is good, I hear.
Now onto the next steps for the book.
I will continue with sorting the poems into sections. Then it’s off to the editing desk. While the manuscript is over there, I’ll concentrate on getting a book cover and research formatting options as well as seeking answers to many self-publishing how-to questions that I have going round in my head.
When I have the publishing date set for the book, I will let you know. It will be in 2015 for sure. I’m looking forward to showing the book to you all! The manuscript is, for the most part, a positive one, with plenty of spirit and vibrant energy. I feel that when I read through the poems.
I hope you all have a great weekend ahead and, hey, I’ll see you on the other side of the Super Bowl, okay?
©2015 Christy Birmingham