This really is not a book update because, at this point in time, I am just waiting to hear from FriesenPress. I did however think that the following information may be enlightening to those of you who are contemplating your first book, and those who have said book well in progress. To anybody who has a book already published, it may well stir a few memories!
I started writing Ray’s book in March 2014, and had a reasonable complete draft (in my opinion!) ready by March 2015. I circulated it around family and friends and the feedback dictated a major re-write which took me to October at which time I signed a contract with Friesen Press.
The staff at FriesenPress had a totally different perspective and also made many suggestions (all of which were valid) which, again, dictated many significant changes and the text was finalized in January 2016.
There were a number of issues at that point in the areas of over-looked grammatical errors, and book cover text, layout etc. which eventually all came together in February. At last we were ready, and for an estimated March publishing date!
Sadly, that was not the case as I noticed a few more grammatical errors and FriesenPress drew my attention to a potential copyright issue with one chapter!
At the beginning of this month, everything was again ready for the final process of publishing, which is what I am waiting to hear about now!
From March 2014 to April 2016 ? It is so much easier writing a book, than it is to get it published! 🙂