Okay, I’m overhauling my print books on Create Space. I don’t sell well over there so I neglect that side of things. (Duh, maybe that’s why?) They’ve become time capsules crammed with all my original typos. But Saturday will see CS and the ebooks completely overhauled and beautiful. I’m going to have to start giving out free copies to ARC blogs/readers to see if I can get a little more attention. That’ll be next week’s maintenance project.
THEN I’ll finish Super Witch! That poor little book is so cute and so neglected but I have a thing where I have to make sure my entire backlog is perfect before I release a new book. I have bright hopes for this one. Superheroes are BIG right now.
OW, MY EYES! MY EYES! But I think I’m on the right track at last. I see several tweaks that I want to make and I’ll jump on them as soon as my internet data tops up again in August. The 1st is fine as is, the 2nd needs more firey bling and the 3rd needs to have the title much larger. Plus, yes, more cowbell for both. Visual elements are courtesy of Freepik.com and Vecteezy and I’ll give them proper credit in the books themselves when I re-upload. Whew, that was a fun chore to do while I huddled under the AC all weekend long, away from the 115 degree heat index! I think I accomplished what I set out to do, namely have my covers reflect the mood and the content of the stories. Now, I’m all smug.
(Images REMOVED because…damn!)
Christmas in July! From now until the1st of August my ebook for kids, B or How the Bogeyman Didn’t Save Christmas is only $0.99. https://tinyurl.com/ybhjs5no
Santa Claus has made a BIG mistake and Honoir ‘Tank’ Battle, Kicki ‘Ninja’ Kita, and Polly ‘Pureheart’ Petersen are paying for it. Can they rescue Christmas? Can their parents? Can Mrs. Claus? Nooo, it’s up to the BOGEYMAN to save the day! Or, y’know, not.
I’ve come to a painful realization. I’ve mis-categorized my Souls by the Sea series. I figured, hey, a teen heroine in an urban fantasy setting means Young Adult Urban Fantasy, right? Wrong. Souls by the Sea is a town, a town with a cast list of several crazy characters with a focus on community and family. The tone is light, rated PG13, and there’s humor. Worst of all my heroine has no powers and no great destiny. She has to solve mysteries and win the day with her brain.
And that, my friends, is the genre known as Paranormal Cozy. A COZY?!?!?! Well, slap my ass and call me Agatha Christie. Cozy mysteries require a different type of cover – namely an artistic, almost cartoonish, scene of a place or an event. Time to get rid of my glowing drama-girls. And time to get my covers to reflect a bit of what the story is about.
My budget is nonexistent so I have to do it all myself. Which will lead to even more hilarity. Still, I’m glad the lightbulb came on, at last.
Now it’s a work of fart, by god. I’ve put it aside to let it simmer while I concentrate on something else this week (stripping the awkwardness out of my first kids’ book, B or How the Bogeyman Didn’t Save Christmas) Then I’ll finish SW completely and offer those two plus Smug Slug in a box set. I’ll be finished with it all by August.
If I ain’t DEAD. I had a heart palpitation today (probably brought on by the miserable heat, work-stress, and my hormones) but I’m flipping out anyway. I’m off to the clinic soon to get as many tests done for free as I can, while I still have insurance. Heart disease is in the family but I’m not diabetic, I don’t smoke, I eat well (a little too well, Galaxina) and I don’t drink. Damn, I don’t have any fun at all. Well, I don’t want to keel over before I have a chance to have some so off I go.
Well, bugger, my last chapter of Super Witch was speed-written drivel. I spent the bulk (actually the entirety, sadly) of last weekend and my holiday rewriting it and I’m relieved to be on the right track now. Still a way to go so publication has been pushed back but it won’t be long now.
I can’t BUH-lieve it’s July already. And I just realized I haven’t sent out a July newsletter yet. Oops. Off I go!
Happy Late 4th of July!
It took me two entire months to finish a rough draft of 16k words. But they were the CORRECT words and I didn’t throw my neck out or destroy my eyes. I ain’t fast but I’m thorough. It’s a 4th of July story and I’d love to have it published by then but that’s pretty soon. We’ll see.
Meanwhile, CELEBRATE! The rough draft is FINISHED and that’s the hardest part for me. Editing and the cover and formatting etc is a breeze and takes no time. The hard part is DONE! The hard part is DONE! YAY!
Twitter tells me Harry Potter was hatched 20 years ago. Talk about the series I wish I’d written (Or the money I wish I had, really.) but my own universe pleases all hell out of me.