My writing projects lately have me deep in the midst of all three installments of my Guardian of the Opera trilogy. I’m doing finalish revisions of Book III, I’m reading Book II out loud for absolutely-final revisions, and I’m formatting Book I for publication.
Book I is, of course, the farthest one along. This is a slightly mixed stage of the process. On the one hand, it’s exciting to be this close to the final product. On the other hand, the actual work can be very tedious! There’s some initial creativity that’s fun in deciding how to lay out the book–where to place the page numbers, how to format the beginning of each chapter. But there’s also a lot of going through and repeating the same formatting steps again and again! Mainly it’s the formatting at the beginning of each chapter: adding a section break, formatting the chapter header, putting the space above “Chapter X,” removing the tab in the first paragraph, adding a drop cap…in this case, all those steps, 36 times!
But I do like seeing how it looks. And I’m very much looking forward to ordering proof copies. That’s when all of this pays off!
For now, here’s a sneak peek at what that work at the beginning of each chapter ends up looking like…