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


coming-of-age fiction michelle morgan Tamworth City Library jamberoo public school romy sharp kate gordon Quirindi Library ulladulla library berkelouw book barn 19 March 1932 interviews giveaway books festivals act writers centre theatre literary events bradman museum captain tobias furneaux alexander mccall smith believing smashwords australian reading hour storytellers festival historical novel society australasia NAIDOC week Taree Library children's book council of australia national conference southern highland news sydney southern highlands writers' festival 12 curly questions mabo day spark award older readers 2017 Bowral Art Gallery festival of golden words ubud, bali dymocks book tour teen fiction illustrators mother's day teachers' notes Kings Cross Theatre hnsa kobo bookstop[ good reading magazine nsw writers' centre historical fiction smsa library sydney writers festival 2019 berkelouw books kids' book review jackie french barbara braxton Australia Day clancy tucker bologna children's book fair refugee week Grafton Library spark award 2017 Abbey's Bookshop authors Moss Vale Campus Library indigenous literacy day Woollahra Library griffin theatre sophie masson readhowyouwant bill condon goodbye frankie goodreads giveaway YA fiction buzz words KXT sandy fussell goodreads atyp book fairs jump for jordan children's book council of australia Newcastle writers' festival ReadPlus copyediting racing the moon australian standing orders festival of dangerous ideas blog tour allen & unwin ann harth seven mile beach book cover design indie publishing di bates QBD Anniversary Day amazon kindle elizabeth gilbert literary lunch luke johnson CBCA Children's Book Week arielle gamble Tamworth Country Music Festival society of children's book writers and illustrators plays playwrights retreat Dymocks Brisbane self-publishing tanika gupta gerringong historical society museum reconciliation australian federation of graduate women Spotlight On State Library of NSW decimal currency playwriting festival ainslie + gorman arts centre skylight books amazon Books + Publishing highlife magazine Reading Time combined book exhibit Dymock's Canberra 14 february 1966 bookloons fran knight karma heart of australia deep sky children's book council of australia illawarra south coast playwriting Sydney Harbour Bridge nowra library author talks hans christian andersen lachlan philpott CBCA book of the year awards eBook sally odgers children's book council of australia NSW branch author videos awards southern cross Muswellbrook Library St Paul's Primary School paperback tasmania scbwi australia Waterstones lyn linning Lismore Library big book day out Paperchain Manuka scbwi narrabundah college indigenous literacy foundation national simultaneous storytime bookworld valentine's day autumn revel Magpies telopea park school middle grade fiction refugees libraries international children's book day 2014 griffin press holidays gorman arts centre all the buzz about books lovereading4kids sydney mechanics school of arts library ubud writers & readers festival canberra Historical Novel Society frankfurt book fair Broadbeach Library chloe mauger tom keneally centre book trailer deb robins iTunes barnes&noble songs kindle sharon mcguinness elaine ousten bookshops potts point bookshop fishpond shoalhaven libraries bushwalking just write for kids mETAphor reviews too late for love writing workshops writers' festivals eBook mall martin luther king, jr bay of fires Good Reading australian literature sir charles kingsford smith Reader's Companion Armidale book depository WritingNSW MacLean's Booksellers nook flying through clouds read3r'zrevu better read than dead school visits writing process blog hop children's / YA literature Gordon Library Port Macquarie Library booktopia book launch Bookshop Bowral ANZAC Day sydney opera house Mitchell Library byron writers festival