Exciting things are brewing with my novella. I finished it, and edited the crap out of it using ProWritingAid (PWA), had it beta read by several people, did some developmental edits, edited the crap out of it some more, and sent it off to a proofreader.
During one summit I went to recently, people were the extolling the virtues of AutoCrit, another editing software like PWA. And quite a few said they had both PWA AND AutoCrit, and that they found having both was helpful. I was hesitant, but they were offering a lifetime license on something that is normally a yearly subscription, and that subscription is spendy. So I splurged.
Wow! I’m glad I did. Running By Her Grace through AutoCrit has pointed out so many things that I missed through PWA. Not that PWA isn’t a wonderful tool. On the contrary, it is very helpful. But each program has their own strengths and weaknesses, and by using both, it’s like I have a line editor on my computer. So, now I have to go through By Her Grace one more time and fix some of the stuff I missed before, proofread it again, and THEN I can publish it.
Miblart is doing the cover for me, and I’m waiting for the artist to send me an initial sketch of the cover design. I’m excited to see what comes of that. Cover design is a process that can take some time as artist and author go back and forth on the design and edits. My plan (hope?) is for By Her Grace to be formatted and ready to go by the end of the year.