Hey Killer Friends! I thought I'd talk to you a little about the process this morning. Or at least, the process as it applies to me.
Phase 1: Sit my butt down and start a new story. Sometimes this is on the computer. Sometimes it's in a notebook. The important part is getting paragraphs down.
Phase 2: Write all the way through to THE END. (Well, actually, I don't type the words THE END until I'm nearly through editing, but you know what I mean.)
Phase 3: Read through. I really do start this phase with every intention of just reading the book from start to finish, but every single time, I start making edit notes.
Phase 4: The Kindle-edit. This may be specific to me. I mailed myself the book for Phase 3, so now I sit down with a notepad and a red pen (always a red pen for me), and as I read, I make notes on paper about everything that doesn't work. I use a > at the beginning to indicate new note, write down the first words in a sentence so I can find it later, and then underline or circle the niggly part. At the end of the note, I put a ( and explain what needs doing. Sometimes if the part needs extra work I put >> and then the end note is whay longer.
Phase 5: The Fixing. I take the notes I made, sit here at the computer, and work through all the lines. After I complete one, I put a big black check mark next to it. Sometimes, it's fast going, and sometimes one note can take hours to complete.
Phase 6: Off to the editor: Part One. Wherein my most awesome editor marks the hell out of the manuscript I just spent weeks fixing to make it better.
Phase 7: Editorital Fixing
Phase 8: Off to the editor: Part Two. By now, the only things that should be in the notes are typos, weird wording, errors I inserted during my last Fix.
Phase 9: Editorial Proofy-type Fixing
Phase 10: Formatting the book for publication.
Phase 11: Uploading the book to Amazon and Createspace.
Scattered throughout all of that is cover creation/selection stuff, marketing stuff and angsting stuff and general rending of garments.
And that, my friends, is the glamorous world of writing a book. Any questions?