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


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