Gray Haze: Editing and Marketing Timeline
Updated: Jun 27
Here is a rough timeline of how I plan to proceed with GRAY HAZE (Secrets of Volenin, Book 1) from now to the year 2022. 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. Current phases are marked in gold. :)
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 Reedsy.
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: Finalize Book 1 [2-4 months / August-November 2021]
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.
PHASE 8: Promote Book 1 [9 months / December 2021-September 2022]
Post short stories on blog.
Begin rough draft for Book 2.
Print ARCs for advanced reviews.
Make Gray Haze available on Netgalley.
Set Gray Haze up for 3-month pre-order (with discount).
Work with local Barnes & Noble for release day event.
Host giveaways + run ads on Facebook and Amazon.
Pre-order blog tour w/giveaway.
PHASE 9: Write Book 2 [6-9 months / January-September 2022]
Finish rough draft of Book 2.
Self-edit Book 2 / write second draft.
PHASE 10: Release Book 1 [1 month / October 2022]
Prepare paperbacks and hardcovers for worldwide distribution.
Release Gray Haze into the wild. *BIG PARTY*
Release Day signing at Barnes and Noble (hopefully).
Release week blog tour w/giveaway.
Current release day estimates: GRAY HAZE (October 2022) | BOOK 2 (March 2023) | BOOK 3 (January 2024)