This week was a momentous week.
After another four months of editing, a lot of procrastinating and cake-eating (the cake was due to stress might I just add!), I can finally see the faint glimmer of light at the end of the book journey tunnel.
I have completed another round of extensive edits to the book, and changes include:
- another read through of the script from start to end (60,000 words)
- changed the structure of the chapters and made sure they are all aligned with each other
- Adding in some new material (case studies and exercises)
- Culled 4000 words including a chapter that I found was a bit redundant
As a result, the book reads better, is tighter and the flow has dramatically improved.
I was getting annoyed and frustrated at myself that the editing was taking so long, but sometimes you just need to have patience and trust that all is unfolding as exactly as it should be. (Thanks, Orna Ross for the sound advice!)
Though I had spent an additional four months in the editing phase (blasting my initial Feb 2017 book launch date out the window), I feel like my brain needed that extra time to think about the content.
Sometimes you do need to take a step back to see the bigger picture when you have been working on something for so long.
Other times, as I am beginning to learn, is that the brain just needs you to back off and give it a break so that it can mulch through its process of creativity.
During these four months, I have read a lot more books, had weeks away from the manuscript, procrastinated like crazy, loved the book to pieces, then hated it and never wanted to read it again and then spent intense periods of time with it and made up with it.
I feel like I’m having a whirlwind romance with my book!
They say hindsight is a wonderful thing and looking back; I can see how all these ‘delays’ has actually helped me to add new insights into the book which I wouldn’t have had if I had finished my edits on time!
As a result, the book is so much better. And perhaps it needed this extra time. Who knows, the creative process works in mysterious ways. Or perhaps there are some fringe benefits to procrastinating 🙂
I ended up cutting 4000 words from the book. Again, this was thanks to hindsight. Having the material mulching away in my subconscious, I was able to be more clear regarding the message in the book.
I need your help with choosing a cover for my book!
Escape The Cubicle, is a self-help book designed to help people to quit doing work they hate and give them the tools and resources and guidance to start creating a life they love.
The books specific goals are to:
- Help you find your passions
- Help you to live on purpose
- Show you how to unleash your potential to create a life you love
The book, therefore, needs to be:
- action oriented
- and delivers what it promises!
I feel really proud of how the book is shaping up, and I can’t wait for you guys to read it. (Remember you can get a free copy when it launches when you sign up to my VIP list here).
So now that I’m coming to the final stages of editing, I need to finalise the cover.
A few weeks ago I provided a cover design brief to my professional cover designer. I gave them samples of covers I loved, and covers I hated. I wanted them to see what my tastes and preferences were.
Also, I also spent a few hours on Amazon.com, scouring the best sellers in my genre (self-help/ career) to get an idea of what the covers of the best sellers looked like. Where there any similarities? Any themes? Did they have large images? Small images or no image? What typography did they use?
Today I received the first samples from my designer which are hot off the press. Which cover do you like?
Consider the following when you make your choice:
- the book genre is self-help/ career change
- the aim of the book is to inspire and empower people who hate their jobs to find their passions and do work they love
- the book is a practical guide, which comes with case studies and exercises the reader must complete to get the results they want (the book aims to be an active read rather than a passive read).
- the cover should show clearly what the book is about, i.e., it’s clearly a non-fiction self-help book, not a horror or romance book! (Though if you really hate your job, you would probably want a horror cover…yeh I know,… lame joke. 🙂
- my target reader is a corporate professional who wants to leave the status quo and do something more creative, start his own business or simply find his passions and slowly make a transition to finding and doing work he loves
- the cover must be eye-catching when browsing the online or physical store shelf
Let me know your thoughts. I would love to hear your feedback!