A Fantasy Anthology
Over the last year I've been working on fantasy short stories in my off-time. I finally have five that I'm willing to put together in a single anthology work. Now that the writing itself is done, now begins the editing. I thought I would take this moment to go through my process and show others how I do things. If you're interested in hearing about the stories themselves, I'm afraid I'm holding that to chest for the time being, but sign up for my mailing list to receive an email at the end of the month where I go into detail about the stories that are included.
Once I've finished writing, the project enters what I like to call Phase Alpha. This is the point where I'm doing my primary edits and read-through. Once those edits have been completed, I send things off to my Alpha Reader, who happens to be my SO. She informs me of plot holes, errors in pacing, glaring grammatical mistakes, and other larger scale problems the book might have. Depending on how long the manuscript is, this can take anywhere from a few days to a couple months. During this portion, I begin researching graphic designers and cover artists to find one who can create art for me in the style I have in my head.
Once I've reviewed the feedback and made the necessary adjustments, the project enters Phase Beta.
Once I have received my Alpha feedback and acted upon it, I turn around and send the manuscript out to my Beta Readers and ask them to focus on specific aspects of it. Some might be looking for plot holes or areas of too much convenience, others might be combing it for grammatical errors or formatting issues. This usually takes much longer than the Alpha phase as I have to wait for the schedule of others to get back with me, though I tend to ask that whatever comments they can give be given within two months.
Once Beta feedback is given, evaluated, and necessary adjustments are made, then the project enters Phase Omega.
Phase Omega is the home-stretch. At this point I have a cover, a finished manuscript with front and back matter, and all that's left is to pick a publish date and spread the word like crazy. How exactly the word is spread may vary, but Twitter is my primary source of interacting with others. Some project pictures will be uploaded to Instagram, but Twitter is where I do most of my interactions with other readers and writers. If you don't use social media very often and are worried about missing an upcoming release, not to worry! My monthly mailing list will be shouting any new work I have coming out. January's newsletter will be going into more detail about what stories are actually going into this particular project, so don't miss out! It will also be where the first look at the cover is posted, which will be well in advance of when a new page is created for the book on this website.
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Erebus Esprit is a fantasy writer from the United States. He primarily writes Sword & Sorcery Fantasy and Urban Fantasy.