Miles W. Hewitt has just published Miles & Miles ~ A Lifetime of Travel Adventures in Asia and Latin America.
Elaine Cusack and Jane Roberts-Morpeth from The North Tyneside Writers’ Circle helped Miles on his creative journey from manuscript to Kindle.
Elaine asked him to share his thoughts on writing, publishing and travel…..
When I made the decision to write Miles & Miles, I had no idea that I was about to hurl myself into a creative oblivion. I set about acquiring the skills needed to navigate through this unknown world. The entire project took three years of determined anguish driven by an innate desire to share my travel experiences.
In the early stages, I gave various chapters to close friends for their honest feedback which indicated that it was a good story. My confidence was given a boost. All I needed to do now was learn how to create an interesting travelogue written as a novel.
Once the initial draft was in place, a grammatical mentor helped make the necessary adjustments. At this stage, I believed that I was eighty per cent of the way through to completion. When Elaine Cusack came into focus, I instinctively knew that she was my route to enlightenment. Her literary demeanour and creative countenance had a calming effect on my aspiring persona.
However, aspiration turned to shock and awe when she stamped all over the manuscript with her muddy boots and slashed at the copy with scrawls of red ink. Elaine’s professional observations were valid and her wondrous mentoring was underway. The realisation that I was in fact a mere twenty per cent into the process was juxtaposed with Elaine’s comments including “I like the pace of Miles & Miles…it has an exciting narrative.”
I gritted my teeth with a resolution to see it through to perfection. Comma clutter and split infinitives became the subject matter of my dreams. The creative journey was like crossing the Bay of Biscay in a rowing boat during a winter storm. Spring, summer and autumn followed but one day the wind suddenly relented, the fog dispersed and a pocket-sized seaport appeared on the horizon. The final stages were exhausting, I could see the church spire but making headway through the water felt heavy and progress was painfully slow. Even when we crawled into the harbour, I had to rub my bleary eyes to see the sculptured image of Miles & Miles beginning to emerge.
On the final lap, Jane Roberts-Morpeth added a new perspective with some positive input which included a slight structural change here and there plus further polishing before Miles & Miles came to life – published by Northumberland’s Limelight Classic Productions.
The book cover image was the only surviving photo from the 1970s of Herat in Afghanistan which I found in a drawer after my mother passed away. I chose a 10.5/13 Melior font to achieve the desired clarity and flow
The launch was two-fold, a quality paperback printed by Martins of Berwick who produce small runs with recycled paper at low prices for the retail market. Amazon covers the online presence with a worldwide print-on-demand facility for a hard copy which accompanies their Kindle download. They also have the infrastructure to originate an audio book on a royalty share basis. The links to various elements are listed below. Please get in touch if you have any questions.
Print-on-demand and Kindle download: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/
Audio book overview: http://www.acx.com/
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