Anthra’s Moon is live and Jutoh is my new best friend

I let her fly yesterday. Anthra’s Moon is on Amazon as a paperback and Kindle ebook. What a long journey this has been! Writing the book was only the first step. But I’ve learned the process of publishing it and next time, as god is my witness, next time will be easier.

For the paperback, I used CreateSpace. The process was fairly easy, though a little confusing at times, but their very responsive support team helped me through the rough  parts.

I initially tried Scrivener to compile the manuscript for paperback and ebook and found it too complicated for my simple needs and switched to Jutoh, which I discovered while watching another great video by India Drummond: How to Format .epug and .mobi Ebook Files (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3lvhRpJrIg).

This is a great app! The ms was compiled in no time and uploaded to Amazon.

On to book two of Ysabel the Summoner. She’s waiting. She’s saying, quit worrying about whether nor not people will like or even read your book and write me into life again.

Letting go is hard

Gah! I have to change the name of a key character in Anthra’s Moon. Her name is Alys. In the possessive, it’s Alys’s. I don’t like the look of it on the page and stumble over it when I read it out loud.

I’m fiddling with a list of names to replace Alys: Ava, Aviana, Lira, Lyra, Lara, Larra? Once I change it another name might be affected, so I’ll have to consider changing that name, too. This could go on forever.

I’m fiddling because letting go is hard. My story soon will be out in the world, all alone without me to protect it. I think that’s why the advice to start the next project right away is valuable. We need something to do while our progeny is out there, flying sightless into the arms of strangers. Who we hope will be kind.

The writing journey

Here’s where I am so far.

A few years ago, I wrote an historical novel titled Queen of Incense. It’s the story of the journey of Bilqis of Saba, the Queen of Sheba, and her journey from ancient Mryb to Jerusalem in 950 B.C. to meet Solomon, the King of the Jews. This was my first novel. It still needs polishing and is the back burner while I work on another project. I’ll get back to her soon.

After the Queen, I wrote another novel, Anthra’s Moon, a YA fantasy about a young girl named Ysabel who journeys across a dangerous, unknown land to rescue the baby Princess Alys. The royal child was abducted by a monstrous bird called the Anthra, while Ysabel was tending the baby.

Anthra’s Moon is almost ready for publication. I’m trying to decide if I should go the old fashioned route and send my ms to agents who accept unknown writers or self-publish.

Can I do both? I’m ready to self-publish; I enlisted the help of an excellent editor, Joanna Rose to edit my novel and tattoo artist Pete Davies to do the cover art. All I need is to post my book on Amazon Kindle and I’m off, I think, I hope. We’ll see.

Join me on my adventure and I’ll share with you the toils of the road, like facing your self-doubt and vowing that yes, indeed, you can and will write your novel and at that moment (happens every time) you’ll receive a gift from your glorious muse, like the solution to a problem you’re struggling with in your story.

And I’ll discuss what I’ve found helpful from other writers: “The first 12 years are the hardest,” is my favorite tip.