I’ve Written A Book. What Next?

Almost five months after we got home from our summer holiday in Namibia and South Africa, I have finally finished the first draft of my travel book about our road trip.

Basically, it’s the story of our adventures in Namibia, while exploring the question, ‘Do you have to be utterly mad to drive 4 children around Namibia for 2 weeks in a minivan?’ For those of you who can’t be bothered reading it, the answer is ‘Not really, but it probably helps’.

Who do I envision buying it? Maybe no one, and that’s okay. For me, the important thing is that it’s out there and the words are no longer taking up room in my head.

But perhaps people considering making a similar trip, with or without children might consider buying it if the price is right? People who wonder if they can do it, people who would like to do it and people who have no intention of doing it, but just want a laugh at our expense. Let’s just say it’s not a serious travel book that sets out to portray our family in a virtuous light.

I’m intending to self publish my effort as an ebook. There will be no chasing publishing deals for me as there is just not the market for this kind of thing as a ‘real’ book. So that’s going to involve a bit of a learning curve for me too.

At the moment The Book contains 63 ooo words; 50K of which were written in November, for NaNoWriMo. It would be safe to say that I have been taking my time with this project, but I want to push on with the editing after letting it sit for a bit. The trouble is, I have never got to this point before and I am really not sure what to do next.

I’m going to spend the next week or two writing a little sequel to what I’ve already written, about our time in South Africa. We only spent 5 days there, so I think I’ll be lucky to write 20K words about this part of the trip,but I’m keen to keep it separate and offer it as another ( shorter) ebook. This is the wonderful thing about epublishing; there is a market for stories and books of all lengths.

In the meantime, if anyone can give me any advice  on writing travel books, how to edit what you have written, or how to format or publish an ebook, then I”d be very, very grateful.

I’m feeling a little out of my comfort zone here.

All smiles at the Tropic of Capricorn

4 comments on “I’ve Written A Book. What Next?

  1. Let it sit. That’s the most important part. Then I’d give it a skim read and see if there’s anything missing (you jump action or thought you’d written something you haven’t).

    Next is the line by line edit – read each line out loud and see how it sounds to you. Be ruthless. Watch for repetitions.

    Consider professional help ;)

    Good luck and very well done!

  2. Letting it sit sounds like the easy part! I do keep remembering things and going back to add a sentence or two here and there.
    It’s the line by line edit that worries me. When should I be deciding what to leave in and leave out?

  3. How wonderful. Well done you.

    Editing – ask yourself ‘what’s this bit for.’ and ‘can I say it better?’
    - get Lots of people to check it. It’s v hard to see your own mistakes.
    Good luck!

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