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Thoughts about the Production of my Upcoming Fantasy Novel
3/30/2008 5:24:26 PM

Well Iím sitting here looking at what I believe to be the final product of the cover for my third book and decided to put down some of my thoughts...

Greetings! As I patiently wait for the completion of the production of the third novel in my YA Fantasy Series, Iím finding that although the writing process is quite a journey, the PRODUCTION process is QUITE an event to be remembered!!

I have published all 3 of my books through AuthorHouse, and the process goes like this:

Once they receive my manuscript, they set an appt to have a design meeting, where I talk to someone about what I want in the galley (the guts of the book, like what type of picture I want behind the chapter headings, the font type, etc). Then we talk about the cover. They ask what I want on it ... I tell them key points of the story, and then they give it to their graphic artists to hopefully come up with whatís in my imagination.


I told them for "Dragonís Tear: Denicalis Dragon Chronicles - Book Three", I want a dark body of water (a lake), at night with a full moon rising in the sky, reflecting on the water. I also want a large, white, ghostly dragon as the main picture, and a SAPPHIRE BLUE tear-shaped gem in place of the "o" in the title word "Dragonís". I think they did a good job with the water and the moon, but their first dragon was NOT white and was just plain UGLY!! (A picture of their first attempt can be seen on my MySpace page [] in my pics/author pics folder). Their gem is also somewhat purpley, and donít get me wrong, I LOVE the color purple, but itís supposed to be stinking BLUE!! I guess the way it is now itís mostly blue and the purple highlights the cuts in the stone ....

The deal with AuthorHouse is theyíll design a cover for you... if you donít like it, theyíll take one more stab at it for free. BUT!!! If you DONíT like their second attempt, they will charge you for each future attempt. When I rejected the first cover, I knew that this next one had to count...

And I got lucky, because personally I LOVE it! I think out of all three covers (again, all pics are in my pics/author pics folder in my album), this one is definitely the BEST!!

Just this past week I signed off on the cover, and now I'm waiting (and waiting, and waiting) to see (someday ... whistling impatiently here) the galley (guts) of the book. Once I see it, Iím really hoping it will be fine and I will most hastily sign off on that, too. From that point, Iíll have to set the price for the book, and THEN... and THEN... in about 10 days, the book should go LIVE on the AuthorHouse website!!!

In the contract I have with them for this book, I will receive 30 free copies of the book from them. Once I approve the cover and galley, Iím going to go through another printing company to get about 300 copies printed, so Iíll have them onhand to sell at schools etc. Can the clock move ANY slower????

For me, the writing is a challenge at times (I suffer from writerís speedbumps just like every other writer I know), and the marketing is definitely challenging and never-ending, but one of the hardest yet most satisfying parts of the production process is the time in between approving the cover & galley and finally getting that VERY FIRST book in my hands. It seems to take decades but in actuality is really only a matter of weeks. And itís not like I donít have a bazillion other things on my plate to keep me busy, but it is what it is. I know I have fans out there who are just as anxious to get a copy of the book as I am, although their reason is slightly different from mine... and Iím learning that one of the most satisfying feelings is being able to give them what they want...

Can someone move the hands on the clock forward about 300 rotations, please?

Anxiously awaiting the next step,
YA Fantasy Author

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More Blogs by MJ Allaire
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• Marketing Your Books - Wednesday, October 22, 2008
• Big E Book Sales!! - Monday, September 22, 2008
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• Dragon's Blood" Review - Thursday, July 10, 2008
• First Sale of Dragon's Tear!!! - Monday, April 28, 2008
• Book 3 in my series is LIVE!!! - Thursday, April 24, 2008
• Thinking about publishing through AuthorHouse? - Sunday, April 13, 2008
• My Fiasco with AuthorHouse - Monday, April 07, 2008
•  Thoughts about the Production of my Upcoming Fantasy Novel - Sunday, March 30, 2008  

• More Self-Publishing Thoughts - Saturday, February 23, 2008
• Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing - Friday, February 22, 2008
• Happy New Year, ready to read?? - Monday, January 07, 2008
• Another update on Book 3 - Sunday, December 02, 2007
• Update on Book 3 - Saturday, November 10, 2007
• More Thoughts from a Happy Reader... - Tuesday, August 21, 2007
• Another Happy Reader's Thoughts - Monday, August 20, 2007
• Comments from a Happy Young Reader! - Wednesday, August 15, 2007
• A Surprise Act of Kindness - Wednesday, August 08, 2007
• Greetings - Wednesday, July 25, 2007