I haven’t been looking up anything lately! And I’ll tell you why.
I finished a short story for a charity anthology. I sent it out to beta readers then off to my editor. Then I finished a novel, sent it to beta readers and then off to my editor.
Here’s my process.
I write and write and write. Look up things, odd things, lol, as you’ve seen. Then write some more. Read it over. Change things. Read it again. Cross my fingers. Ask if anyone will read it for me. Writer’s call them beta readers. My first short story I only had two. My novel I had seven volunteers. Once they are done, they give me notes on grammar, punctuation, time line and whether they liked it or not. For my novel they also had to make sure it fit in with the rest of the series. Like I said, volunteers. The most awesome people on the planet!
Once I have my beta readers info back, I go over my story. Rewrite and update and tweek. Then I send it to my editor.
She finds more errors, lol. She sends it back. I fix it. Send it back. We do this three times!!! Once I get it back the last time, I read over my story again. Occasionally I find something neither of us caught. More often it’s perfect.
Until a reader spots an error! LOL.
Hopefully I have a cover already. Sometimes I’m frantically hunting for one still. This time I have one. The short story will have an anthology cover. My novel cover is yummy!
Once I get my final copy back, I upload to Amazon. They’ve a format to follow and it does take me one to two days to ensure it’s perfect. I submit it and it usually goes live in about four hours. Then I upload to Draft2digital and it goes out to all of their distributors. I can take a day to a week to get up on all the sites.
Then I spread the word! Maybe not as effectively as I wanted, but still, I get readers. Luckily I have some followers.
So, since I’ve been knee deep in editing and will be for the next couple of weeks, I won’t be looking up stuff.
I’ll post when I do! It’s bound to be something off the wall and relating to cryogenics. Catch my next novel, Saving Grace to find out how I put together all of my latest research. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51618932-saving-grace It is scheduled to be live March 26.