Authors, Books, Fiction, publishing

Getting Published: Approval Process Part 2

In my last post, I talked about the approval process for illustrations (which may only apply to the cover if you don’t have illustrations in the book). In this post, I’m going to talk about the process for layout and text approval.

This process for me was very similar to the illustrations approval. When the book was formatted and ready to be sent to the printer, the publisher sent proofs of the final version to be sent to the printer. I cannot stress this enough. Go Over The Proof Thoroughly! This is your chance to catch anything before it’s too late or costly to make changes.

With my proofs, the publisher and I changed several things before ultimately approving them. We did some formatting changes on a certain characters text, which wound up deleting or pushing two paragraphs off the page. If we hadn’t been diligent, we would have printed with missing text. And nobody wants an incomplete story.

A lot of this boils down to establishing a good working relationship with your publisher or contact for the publisher. Being courteous in your correspondence and timely with responses goes a long way in establishing this relationship. Remember, you want the publisher to want to work with you again.

Until next time, Stay Focused and Write On!

Authors, Books, Fiction, publishing

Getting Published: Approval Process

In my previous posts, I talked about the submission and the contract when getting published. It’s been a little longer then planned since my last post, but life gets busy sometimes.

As a reminder, this is my personal experience with my first book, not a definitive guide on what will happen.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I knew I wanted a product that looked good and I would be willing to buy. Once I had signed the contract, I checked out the different illustrators by scrolling through my publisher’s website. When I found a style I liked, I asked to use that illustrator. I did this early enough in the process that they approved. It never hurts to ask. Also, this was the only out-of-pocket cost I had.

After I got my illustrator, she came up with 2 sample illustrations that I had the chance to approve before continuing to make a total of 19 pictures plus the cover art. Keep in mind, my publisher can make the final decision if we didn’t totally agree on something.

I cannot stress this enough. Go over the pictures. Don’t just assume they’re perfect. I had to make some suggestions on a couple pictures. Look at them with a sense of what might other people think about them or turn it into. What could someone get up in arms about? Look at the cover fonts to make sure you can read them. A little diligence early pays off in the long run.

In the end, the book has your name on it and you want the best product you can get. I would caution you on being completely knit-picky, because you want the illustrator to be free to create. Plus, I feel like it will make both publisher and illustrator question working with you again if they’re constantly having to make changes.

My next post will be a continuation of the approval process about the actual text. Until then, Stay Focused and Write On!

Books, Fiction, Horror, Novels, Writing

Whatever Wednesday 4

Who doesn’t like a good villain? Without them, our protagonists wouldn’t be quite so easy to root for. Although sometimes I secretly root for the villain, but don’t tell anyone.  Here’s a few of the more memorable antagonists.  Several of them definitely gave me that creepy crawly feeling.  Feel free to share your favorite villain in the comments.

Stay Focused and Write On!

Fiction, Uncategorized, Writing

Whatever Wednesday 1

What exactly is whatever Wednesday? It’s whatever I want it to be.  Basically just short little something’s that caught my eye throughout the week.  Check out the link below for a list of Metal songs inspired by literature. I thought it was pretty cool and a bit surprising. Stay Focused and Write On!

Creative Writing, Fiction, Horror, Writing

The Hitchhiker 

   This past week, I wrote a piece of flash fiction for a writing competition. The prompt was something along the lines of creating a story that had two serial killers, one picked up by the other while hitch hiking.   Unfortunately, it didn’t win, which is fortunate for you because you get to read it. I like doing these prompt based assignments because they usually get me to write a quick story that I never would have thought of. They tend to break me out of my comfort zone and let me flex the old creative muscle.  

  I think what I came up with works pretty well but you all can be the judges. Let me know what you think in the comments. Stay Focused and Write On!

               The Hichhiker

I picked him up walking in the rain on a country road. I told him my name was Jeff. It’s not like he’ll ever know I lied.

Someone finally picked me up after getting soaked for over an hour. He told me his name was Jeff. I lied too and gave the name Carl.

I made small talk with Carl to try to put him at ease and turned up the heat to help him dry out.

We chatted about nonsense. I made up an elaborate backstory, complete with an ex stealing my car. Why not have a little fun with this one?

Carl is laying it on thick. When you’ve done this as many times as me, you learn to judge people pretty quick. I won’t feel bad when this is over.

Jeff, or whatever his name is, is getting tense. He might be on to me. But he’s a liar. That makes it so much easier.

Just a little longer and we’ll be at my favorite spot. He’ll fit right in with the others. I think he’s catching on. Going to have to do it quick. I’m starting to get excited.

What a perv! I think he’s getting the wrong idea. We’re almost to a secluded enough spot. I think I’ll take the cross necklace he keeps fidgeting with as a souvenir.

Why does he keep eyeing my cross?Probably a thief too. I can’t stand thieves. I just need to keep him talking for a few more minutes.

Man, this Jeff guy sure does talk a lot. I can’t wait to shut him up. Only a few more minutes. Then he’s done.

Yes, there’s the tree that marks the edge of my collection. Better get ready. What’s he fidgeting with over there?

Just have to get my knife ready. The blade is nice and sharp. One quick swipe and it will be over. I can’t wait to feel the warmth of his blood washing over my hands. He’s nervous. Good. 

Old Carl won’t know what hit him when I stick him with my syringe. I can’t wait to see his eyes darting around when he realizes he’s paralyzed. That tattoo of a wolf on his forearm will make a nice addition to my mural. 

We’ve gone far enough. It’s now or never.

This is the spot. Time to do this.




That bastard just cut me.

Damn, he managed to stick me with something.

Getting weak. Can’t stop the bleeding.

Having trouble moving.

Not how I planned this at all.

Wonder how long before someone finds us.

Carl’s going to get some of the credit for my work.

They’re going to think we worked together.

At least the chemicals will eventually kill him.

At least he’ll go before me.

Everything’s getting hazy.

So hard to move.

My mural.

My souvenirs.









I beat him!