More adventures of an indie author

Michelle Morgan - Saturday, October 29, 2016

I've been busy the last few weeks working on the copy edit for Flying through Clouds. Not only did my copy editor (Catherine Heath) do a great job, but she inspired me to write more. I was very impressed with the eleven-page style sheet she compiled; a must for any book. All of the suggestions regarding punctuation and grammar were spot on, and her questioning of irregularities in the text and verification of historical details were particularly helpful. During the copy edit, I managed to write another 5,000 words. As well as filling in minor gaps in the story, I also developed the characters more and incorporated a greater sense of place.

While the copy edit was taking place, I commissioned a cover designer (Arielle Gamble) to do the full cover design and layout of the book for printing. The four cover concepts that the designer sent me were all amazing and quite different to each other. When I canvassed friends and family there was a greater preference for two of the concepts, and I selected one of these. With a few minor changes the front cover was finalised, and here it is:

I love the simplicity of the design and colours. The soft watercolours give that dreamy feeling of being up in the clouds. The title font is reminiscent of skywriting, and the outlined plane evokes the dream that the main character, Joe, has of one day becoming an aviator. The book is set mostly in Sydney during 1932 and 1933, but there are guest appearances of a few other towns and cities in eastern Australia.

The next step in my indie publishing journey is to request CIP (Cataloguing-in-Publication information) from the National Library of Australia, and to compile an AIS (Advance Information Sheet) to send to potential distributors and book suppliers. I'll then arrange the printing of a number of copies of the uncorrected proof version of the book to send to reviewers and suppliers, having drafted a plain book cover for this purpose.

During this time, I'll take the opportunity to write the Acknowledgements and Dedication pages for the book and update my website. When all the internal pages are ready, I'll get the proofreading done.

And there's a marketing strategy to think about....

I'll keep you posted on my progress.

» Share this post

Recent Posts


writers' festivals books smashwords sandy fussell amazon seven mile beach better read than dead sydney mechanics school of arts library writing process blog hop tom keneally centre indie publishing barbara braxton Australia Day hans christian andersen indigenous literacy day middle grade fiction ubud, bali mETAphor gerringong historical society museum racing the moon historical novel society australasia bologna children's book fair australian literature 14 february 1966 lyn linning reconciliation just write for kids goodreads southern highlands writers' festival nowra library jamberoo public school NAIDOC week historical fiction elaine ousten Magpies clancy tucker too late for love jump for jordan sharon mcguinness Tamworth City Library Port Macquarie Library elizabeth gilbert heart of australia Waterstones Books + Publishing children's book council of australia writing workshops illustrators autumn revel interviews Dymocks Brisbane decimal currency holidays State Library of NSW bay of fires ReadPlus ubud writers & readers festival authors kindle Grafton Library amazon kindle berkelouw books believing mabo day playwrights retreat buzz words big book day out canberra Tamworth Country Music Festival Broadbeach Library australian federation of graduate women literary events playwriting di bates 12 curly questions narrabundah college Reader's Companion Armidale dymocks blog tour sydney telopea park school Gordon Library romy sharp Mitchell Library atyp children's / YA literature nsw writers' centre teachers' notes luke johnson paperback smsa library Paperchain Manuka awards bookshops spark award 2017 children's book council of australia illawarra south coast booktopia shoalhaven libraries lovereading4kids kate gordon australian standing orders book cover design jackie french ainslie + gorman arts centre lachlan philpott highlife magazine festivals barnes&noble goodreads giveaway Newcastle writers' festival Quirindi Library school visits WritingNSW songs Sydney Harbour Bridge bushwalking 19 March 1932 byron writers festival book fairs arielle gamble playwriting festival potts point bookshop indigenous literacy foundation CBCA book of the year awards fishpond national simultaneous storytime coming-of-age fiction deep sky fran knight tasmania goodbye frankie theatre bookloons ANZAC Day spark award older readers 2017 ulladulla library good reading magazine Muswellbrook Library festival of golden words southern cross Dymock's Canberra sir charles kingsford smith Reading Time valentine's day QBD Abbey's Bookshop scbwi australia combined book exhibit libraries bookworld giveaway alexander mccall smith Taree Library international children's book day 2014 St Paul's Primary School author videos author talks griffin press eBook mall kobo reviews iTunes MacLean's Booksellers Moss Vale Campus Library gorman arts centre self-publishing children's book council of australia NSW branch Bowral Art Gallery refugee week copyediting nook Anniversary Day Spotlight On martin luther king, jr readhowyouwant eBook book launch griffin theatre chloe mauger YA fiction society of children's book writers and illustrators act writers centre all the buzz about books CBCA Children's Book Week captain tobias furneaux flying through clouds Lismore Library Historical Novel Society michelle morgan sydney opera house mother's day festival of dangerous ideas skylight books scbwi tanika gupta hnsa frankfurt book fair bookstop[ ann harth bill condon children's book council of australia national conference refugees book trailer literary lunch book tour southern highland news book depository Good Reading berkelouw book barn deb robins kids' book review Bookshop Bowral sally odgers teen fiction sophie masson australian reading hour allen & unwin bradman museum read3r'zrevu Woollahra Library