• Marci Levin

Gray Haze: Editing and Marketing Timeline

Updated: Sep 26

Here is a rough timeline of how I plan to proceed with GRAY HAZE (Secrets of Volenin, Book 1) from now to the year 2023. As I finish each task, I will edit this post, so you can check back here anytime. I will also post progress updates on my social media accounts. :)


PHASE 1: Re-write Gray Haze [4-6 months / June-December 2020]

  1. Write third draft of Gray Haze.

PHASE 2: Self-edit Gray Haze [1-2 weeks / January 2021]

  1. Cut repetitive words/phrases.

  2. Edit line-by-line.

  3. Map out the story beats.

  4. Write the purpose of each scene.

  5. Format manuscript in Google Docs.

PHASE 3: Wait for editor [1 month / January-February 2021]

  1. Send manuscript to editor.

  2. Outline short stories for blog.

  3. Write first short story.

PHASE 4: Work with editor [3 months / February-April 2021]

  1. Discuss Gray Haze with editor.

  2. Edit according to feedback.

  3. Send manuscript back to editor.

  4. Discuss after second read-through.

  5. Edit according to additional feedback.

PHASE 5: Wait for beta readers [3 months / April-June 2021]

  1. Transfer manuscript to various formats.

  2. Find and recruit beta readers.

  3. Wait for feedback.

  4. Write short stories for blog.

PHASE 6: Work with beta readers [1 month / July 2021]

  1. Discuss manuscript with beta readers.

  2. Edit according to reader feedback.

  3. Purchase copyright and ISBNs.

  4. Polish blurb/synopsis.

  5. Acquire professional author photo.

PHASE 7: Write Book 2 [9-12 months / August 2021-August 2022]

  1. Outline Book 2

  2. Write rough draft

  3. Discuss rough draft with editor

  4. Edit / Write second draft

  5. Edit with beta readers

  6. Use short stories to build subscriber base.

PHASE 8: Finalize Books 1 & 2 [4 months / September-December 2022]

  1. Polish manuscript + write acknowledgments.

  2. Purchase professional formatting + book covers.

  3. Redesign blog and social media platforms to match Gray Haze.

  4. Organize Gray Haze media kit.

  5. Schedule cover reveal + blog tours.

  6. Print ARCs for advanced reviews.

  7. Set Gray Haze up for pre-order.

PHASE 9: Promote Book 1 [9 months / January-September 2023]

  1. Cover reveal + blitz [January]

  2. Send printed ARCs to reviewers.

  3. Make Gray Haze available on Netgalley.

  4. Work with local Barnes & Noble for release day event.

  5. Host giveaways + run ads on Facebook and Amazon.

  6. Pre-order blog tour w/giveaway. [August]

  7. Promote pre-order discount. [August-October]

  8. Write rough draft for Book 3.

PHASE 10: Release Book 1 [1 month / October 2023]

  1. Prepare paperbacks and hardcovers for worldwide distribution.

  2. Release Gray Haze into the wild. *BIG PARTY*

  3. Release Day signing at Barnes and Noble (maybe).

  4. Release Week blog tour w/giveaway.

  5. Finish rough draft for Book 3.

Current release day estimates: GRAY HAZE (October 13th, 2023) | BOOK 2 ( April 12th, 2024) | BOOK 3 (June 13th, 2025)

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