The project to self-publish my debut trilogy – something I’ve been informally calling “Project Insanity” – has now passed another milestone. This week I received the final cover art files from my fantastic cover artist, the incredible Tom Edwards. It’s been a great experience watching as the covers took shape, with a theme across the trilogy, and receiving those final files was something of a special moment. Suddenly the whole project now feels so much more real: the last few months editing and revising the manuscripts have been hard work (a rather punishing schedule combined with illness and distinct lack of love for editing) and pressing on with a narrow focus became my method for getting stuff done. A big project like this can be daunting, especially if it’s your first time on the author roundabout, and it’s easy to look up and start worrying about all the other things that need to be done before release day. So I’ve kept my head down, focused on the next chapter and the next and the next. But now, something’s changed.
Now I can see the end and the finished product with those magnificent covers. And it feels like I’m already there, that maybe I can take some time to sit back and bask in my (well, Tom’s in this case) awesomeness: journey’s end, job done, grab a beer. But although this feels like an achievement, the job is still only half done, and with just over three months to go I still have plenty to do: there are copies to order for proofing, some interior formatting that needs to be done, and lots more to keep me busy. Three months and three novels to proof read and correct: still achievable, but Project Insanity is living up to its name. The difference now is that those lovely covers have lifted my spirits and now I’m kind of loving the project. There’ll be a mad sprint at the end, I’m sure, but I’m on track for the moment and looking forward to the next challenges.