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Coming to the End…

I realized yesterday that I am very close to finishing up the first draft of my newest manuscript. This time is always hard for me. It’s not so much hard from a writing perspective, though there certainly are challenges in tying up just enough ends to satisfy the reader. It’s hard for me, because I grow so attached to my characters. I love them. Wrapping up their stories in a satisfying way for me is sometimes hard. I like books that give me hope for their continuing story, even if I’m not there to read about it. I try to give my stories that same quality. At the end of each manuscript, I can only hope I’ve succeeded in doing that very thing.

My manuscript will probably clock out between 80,000 and 90,000 words. My novel I’m currently prepping for publishing is 100,000+, so I feel somewhat sad that I couldn’t extend their journey a bit longer. But sometimes…you just know. For me, I knew yesterday that I would finish the current chapter, write one more, and it would be the end.

At first, I thought I might make it a trilogy. Now, I’m thinking I’ll probably keep the novels as connected, but-could-be-stand-alone works. I like having a world in which characters connect and interact, but each story is a story of its own, too. We’ll see.

Do you ever feel strange when you’re nearing the end of a first draft? For me, there is a strange sense of finality–even though there is SOOOOOOOO much more work to be done to prepare it for publishing. I just get so melancholy and happy at the same time. It is a weird feeling.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you react to the endings of your stories! Are you happy? Sad? Do you treat yourself when you finish a rough draft or do you wait for when you publish? Share!

Thanks for stopping by,

 

L.M.

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Got the Formatting Blues?

Fear not! I have some really great site suggestions for you! I found myself researching around the web this morning for great walk-through tutorials and tips for prepping a manuscript for ebook publishing!

This post will mainly concern folks who are trying to take a manuscript from MSWord to Kindle format, but I’m sure it will be helpful to others as well.

*Ahem* Without further ado, I highly recommend at least poking around in the following places for information on formatting:

>>How to make your own Amazon Kindle ebook in just hours

>>Smashwords Style Guide

>>Kindle First Line Indents

>>Creating a Table of Contents

>>Steps to Clean Up MSWord and Publish to Kindle

>>Building Your Book for Kindle (linking page on Amazon)

>>Kindle Direct Publishing Simplified Formatting Guide

>>Kindle Formatting Guide with Pictures!

>>How to Format Ebooks for the Techno-Challenged

>>Kindle Boards Thread on Easy Formatting Tips

 

*Whew!* I have saved all of these links to my own bookmarks bar and I suggest that you find the ones that work for you and do the same. We indie self-publishers gotta stick together! I hope these were helpful. If not, I’m sure you can Google around and find the links that you need. Also, the Kindle Boards are full of great pieces of advice and people who can point you in the right direction!

 

Have a great Tuesday!

 

~L.M.