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]
Write third draft of Gray Haze.
PHASE 2: Self-edit Gray Haze [1-2 weeks / January 2021]
Cut repetitive words/phrases.
Map out the story beats.
Write the purpose of each scene.
Format manuscript in Google Docs.
PHASE 3: Wait for editor [1 month / January-February 2021]
Send manuscript to editor.
Outline short stories for blog.
Write first short story.
PHASE 4: Work with editor [3 months / February-April 2021]
Discuss Gray Haze with editor.
Edit according to feedback.
Send manuscript back to editor.
Discuss after second read-through.
Edit according to additional feedback.
PHASE 5: Wait for beta readers [3 months / April-June 2021]
Transfer manuscript to various formats.
Find and recruit beta readers.
Wait for feedback.
Write short stories for blog.
PHASE 6: Work with beta readers [1 month / July 2021]
Discuss manuscript with beta readers.
Edit according to reader feedback.
Purchase copyright and ISBNs.
Acquire professional author photo.
PHASE 7: Write Book 2 [9-12 months / August 2021-August 2022]
Outline Book 2
Write rough draft
Discuss rough draft with editor
Edit / Write second draft
Edit with beta readers
Use short stories to build subscriber base.
PHASE 8: Finalize Books 1 & 2 [4 months / September-December 2022]
Polish manuscript + write acknowledgments.
Purchase professional formatting + book covers.
Redesign blog and social media platforms to match Gray Haze.
Organize Gray Haze media kit.
Schedule cover reveal + blog tours.
Print ARCs for advanced reviews.
Set Gray Haze up for pre-order.
PHASE 9: Promote Book 1 [9 months / January-September 2023]
Cover reveal + blitz [January]
Send printed ARCs to reviewers.
Make Gray Haze available on Netgalley.
Work with local Barnes & Noble for release day event.
Host giveaways + run ads on Facebook and Amazon.
Pre-order blog tour w/giveaway. [August]
Promote pre-order discount. [August-October]
Write rough draft for Book 3.
PHASE 10: Release Book 1 [1 month / October 2023]
Prepare paperbacks and hardcovers for worldwide distribution.
Release Gray Haze into the wild. *BIG PARTY*
Release Day signing at Barnes and Noble (maybe).
Release Week blog tour w/giveaway.
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)