Let me present my working book cover, this could change before I release the book in December 2019. It is Easter Sunday my husband is climbing a mountain in New Zealand and I am procrastinating, looking for inspiration, no make that motivation to get back to editing! I have finished my work for the Karate Club for term one with a newsletter created on Canva (awesome program for so many things) so I figure what the hell, create a temporary book cover. I am almost ready to send my manuscript back to Office-works to be reprinted and binded for the fourth time, it will be nice to have a image on the front.
This image of girl in the woods reminds me of the chapter where Allison is trapped by Scott in the reforested area just outside of Albany in West Australia. I feel a road trip coming on soon so I can share photos and get the feel of a place I have not visited for many years. It is not a nice scene in the book, I had deep concerns for Allison when I wrote it. I had to let the scene unfold between Scott and Allison, without interfering.
I know it sounds odd, but the writing part is easy as long as I do not try to control my characters and just listen and type. A little bit of madness is necessary to write fiction.
This end of the process is a struggle, the editing requires so much concentration, it is tiring and it is necessary because I do want to produce the best work possible with my limited budget. A budget means I have to ensure that I hand my best work into my editor and that I am left with as few re-writes as possible. Editors are valuable, necessary and worth every dollar spent but I have to ensure that I spend each dollar wisely. I am going to make another coffee and back to work!!