Writing Process Guide – 15 Steps From Concept to Publication

15 Steps From Concept to Publication

I’m getting ready to relaunch my series, and I’ve been working through what all needs to happen, and what the steps are to get the next books in the series done. Therefore I made myself a 15 step guide with actionable sub-steps. As I work with this and tweak it, I’ll update this post, or even make a whole new guide. Implement your process an always be tweaking for success based on data. 

Writing Process Guide

  1. Concept Generation and Flesh Out
  2. Character Evaluation
    1. Decide on POVs (Part of Story Lines)
    2. Model characters off people I know
      1. Decide on whom and what mixture
  3. World Building & Setting Design
    1. Free write about the world for 1 hour
    2. Find images for major setting and character
  4. Resolution
    1. Decide where each POV will end up
      1. Define their Need & 1st Desire
  5. Backwards Plotting
    1. Seven Key Story Steps
    2. 22 Plot Points
  6. Scene Weave
    1. Incorporate A, B, C, etc… story lines
    2. List one sentence description of each scene
    3. Label Story line, POV, and 22 Plot Points
    4. Read through and condense scenes wherever possible
      1. Add missing scnes if needed
      2. SCENE WEAVE WILL CHANGE AS THE 1ST DRAFT HAPPENS!
  7. Dictate 1st Draft
    1. Minimum of two scenes per day
    2. Divide number of scenes by 20 days, and dictate accordingly
    3. Transcribe daily, and edit for consistency
  8. Alpha Read Story
    1. Take notes on
      1. Lacking Detail
      2. Lacking Emotion
      3. Lacking Description
      4. Pacing
        1. Scene
        2. Chatper
        3. Arcs
        4. Story Whole
      5. Continuity Errors
  9. 1st Editorial Pass Based on the Above Notes
  10. Beta Reader(s) and Feedback
    1. Pacing
    2. Sympathy/Investment in POV characters
    3. Continuity Errors
    4. Resolutions Satisfaction Rating
  11. Edit Based on Feedback
    1. Pacing – cur or add: scenes, detail, words
    2. Sympathy – emotional description & thoughts
    3. Continuity Errors – easy fixes (red hat on pg. 5, etc…)
    4. Resolution – adjust buildup (May require going back to steps 5&6)
  12. ProWriting Aid Final Polish (Should be fast because most issues will be caught earlier)
    1. Style
    2. Grammar
    3. Overused
    4. Readability
  13. Editor
    1. Send off
    2. Pay Bill & Wait
  14. Cover Design
    1. Pick a major scene for the designer to read
    2. Pick 3 – 5 designers based on previous works
    3. Compare price & quality
    4. SCHEDULE AFTER 1ST DRAFT OR EARLIER
    5. Pay Bill & Wait
  15. Preorder/Luanch
    1. Setup 15+ day preorder
    2. Schedule Social Media campaign for 15+ (should only be art, no sales) & frist 30, with 50% in first 5 days, 30% second 5 days, and 20% last 20 days.
    3. Blog tour to start day 1 of preorder through first 30
      1. Weakest first 15, strongest to weakest launch day and after 
    4. Schedule Newsletters for the first 7-10 days
      1. Medium day 1 & 2, Strongest day 3, and tail off using multiple on days to make a medium.
    5. Facebook, Amazon, and Bookbub Ads day 1 launch
      1. 35% spend first 5 days
      2. 25% spend second 5 days
      3. 40% spend last 20, 2-3X on Thursdays & Fridays

 

I hope you find this helpful. If you have any questions or feedback please leave a comment. 

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