Notes from An Alien

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Publishing Day Thoughts…

Eleven years ago: I was given a Theme for a book. Wrote some of the opening scenes.

Nine years ago: the Theme changed its Plot-potential. Did extensive research and outlining.

Six years ago: the Theme changes Plot-potential again. Wrote a few pages.

Eighteen months ago: I finally had the right Plot ideas for the Theme.

One year ago: I had a scene-by-scene outline written. I began the story’s promotion in the virtual world, Second Life.

Eleven months ago: I began the actual writing.

Eight months ago: I had a full first draft. Did some major revising.

Four months ago: the manuscript was back from the Editor.

Three months ago: the manuscript was approved by a special Review Office.

Since three months ago: about 18 small changes were made in the manuscript.

Please note: since a year ago, I’ve been involved in a constant effort to promote the book through various means. If you really want to know more about all that, check out these past posts on various aspects of my promotion trail (which, by the way, will not by any means end with today’s official publishing act [more on that act tomorrow]):

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16 responses to “Publishing Day Thoughts…

  1. Darcia Helle May 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Congratulations, Alexander! I hope readers from all over the world find your words.


  2. Darcia Helle May 2, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Always work to be done, isn’t there? I’ve got your spot saved and I’m ready to shout from the rooftops. :)


  3. Darcia Helle May 2, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Those widgets are an awesome thing, particularly when your own book is being displayed! I hope to see many more from you in the future.


  4. HaleyWhitehall May 2, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Alexander thanks for sharing your process. It is always fascinating to see how an idea evolves into a book!


  5. Simone Benedict May 2, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    What is striking to me is how long the book “simmered” in your head. And, better how you had the drive and focus to see it through. It’s also interesting that you write you were given the theme for the book.

    Best wishes for a tremendous success of your book!


  6. cmmarcum May 2, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Conception to birth. Is a boy or a girl? And now you have to raise it. No time to party. Well, okay, maybe a little party. HAPPY PUPLICATION! Toot-toot!


  7. Jackie Paulson Author May 4, 2011 at 4:52 am

    You seem to amaze me and Congrats on your book. Life a year ago…. now that is a post I would love to do. I will learn from your posts as I want to write books and Darcia is a wonderful motivator and author. I am reading her book now. :) Be blessed as you bless others.


    • Alexander M Zoltai May 4, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      Jackie, I think you know that I learn from the posts I write, too.

      The daily discipline of writing is one thing a blog is good about providing but not many folks talk about how much you can learn, about yourself and whatever topic you’re writing about, when you simply continue to write, write, write :-)

      And, yes, Darcia is a wonderful motivator and author. She runs a very cool Forum, too!!


    • Darcia Helle May 4, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      Thank you for that kind comment, Jackie! You’ll get there with your own writing, as well. Before you know it, you’ll be announcing your first publication on your own blog. :)


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