A Book is Born

Everyone knows what goes into publishing a book (besides blood, sweat, and tears)—well not everyone. The published authors can tune out because they understand getting first rewrites back from the editor. The scramble to meet that initial deadline returning the reworked manuscript. One of my books took 6 rewrites.  AARGH.The-Silver-Crescent-3D-Open-Book-2

My current editor thankfully usually gets it right in maybe 2. It goes like this (unless I’ve forgotten between the last one and the one I’m working on now—entirely possible, my friends, even probable):

  1. After the rewrites, copy edits has a go at the book; then
  2. Editor sends you the galley to proof and return. Since the galley is commonly in PDF, I use a Word table to record my changes, the line number, and page number.
  3. Final galley—last chance to catch any errors…not much can be changed in this document.
  4. Book goes to production. With the three publishing houses for which I’ve written, the eBook version is released first.

I know I’ve forgotten something above that will come back to bite me on the butt when someone writes and refutes my list.

I’ve sent my final rewrite to my editor on Gylded Wings, a book about the most famous angel of all.  It started out as I, Lucifer.  We’re waiting on the committee to approve the blurb, and my editor and I are choosing the excerpt.

I need to start thinking promotion, booking blogs, wishing I had the funds for BookBub and their golden approval, and generally driving myself crazy in a market that sux.

I’m looking forward to this release, perhaps more than any one of them except Sinners’ Opera.  The book is a dark fantasy with romantic elements.  I’m sure it won’t be out in print before my book signing at the Houston Authors Bash on February 11. I’ve ordered postcards with the cover on the front and the blurb on back from Good Ole VistaPrint.

gyldedwings_w10451_medI’ve had the cover on this one for some time. The artist took a scan of a graphite drawing I bought yonks of years ago at a Sci-fi/Fantasy convention, found a stock photo with a man in the right pose, and hand drew the wings and colored everything gold.

Here’s the blurb currently on the table with the committee:

Angels in slavery?

Brit Montgomery can’t believe that shocking fact, then her guardian angels send her to another dimension to rescue the three enslaved. There, she encounters a man who will rock the foundations of her world. The golden angel, Gyldan, is the most beautiful being she’s ever seen. Sometimes, beauty disguises dark secrets and a darker psyche.

Gyldan, a slave since birth, has one thought in mind—to fly free—until his rescuer becomes dearer than his dream of freedom. When he escapes with Brit to a place called Earth, he faces an awakening, an alternative self-realization full of diabolic  glory…and disbelief.

His journey of self-discovery tears them apart. Gyldan is bent on experiencing freedom and his newfound powers.  Confused and hurt by his actions, Brit turns away, not fully understanding the vital nature of his quest. Still, he always comes home to her. Isn’t home where the heart is? Only if love overcomes his demonic side.


Gylded Wings will be available from The Wild Rose Press soon.  If you want the buy link then, I’ll put it on my website:  http://www.lindanightingale.com.

This is the graphite by talented artist Cheryl Mandus. I’m proud to say I own the original.


If you have comments, please record below.  Corrections…forget it.

Have a marvelous weekend!


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4 Responses to A Book is Born

  1. bethtrissel says:

    Great cover and pics! I’m excited about this release too, Linda! Congrats!

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  2. Josie says:

    Best wishes! And your artist is so talented, also.

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  3. marymarvella says:

    That about covers it! Each publisher is different, but mostly the same. Linda is with a good publisher! I remember discussing the title and even the book with Linda!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. marymarvella says:

    Reblogged this on M. M. Mayfield, Love, Lust, and Southern Comfort and commented:

    In case you wondered how a book goes from manuscript to ebook or paper.

    Liked by 1 person

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