This past fall, I signed a contract to write a book for Simon Spotlight Entertainment, a division of Simon and Schuster. This is my first book, and I honestly had no idea how much work would be involved. I could imagine my book on the shelves of a bookstore, but I didn’t really think about everything that had to happen between the contract signing and the book appearing on the shelves.
I’ll be honest, it’s for the best that I didn’t think about all of the hard work in the middle.
I turned in my first draft on April 7, and just yesterday I finished the final manuscript with all of its edits. There is more work to be done (design/layout proofing, working with the illustrator, marketing, publicity, etc.) between now and when my book hits the shelves November 3, but right now I have a bit of a break while the publishing house performs its magic.
Here is how I tackled this enormous project, and how you can manage any large project that comes your way: