I'm getting excited. This is so close to being a real thing. Since I already have a cover, all this is going to take is the final bits of editing and proofreading, and a blurb (gah, blurbs), and it'll be ready to send off into the world. Woohoo! and barf.
I really have no idea what I'm going to write for the blurb. I'll have to put on my blurbing cap and hammer this out. Soon. :panics a little:
Speaking of blurbs, I'm not necessarily good at writing them, but I can spot a bad one for someone else's book like a laser guided missile. And I've seen some stinkers lately. They're usually written with either too much information or not enough. When I'm looking for a book to buy, I need basic plot, main character, conflict. I do not need to know their life story up to this point. Probably something I should keep in mind when I write my own blurbs.
Oh, and for the love of all you find holy, PROOFREAD your blurbs before you post them in public. Nothing turns me off of a book quicker than a blurb with errors that could've been fixed if the author had taken the time to go over the damn thing again. If someone can't proof a paragraph or two, I can't hold out much hope for an entire book. Harsh, but true. Of course, I'm more forgiving in a manuscript. 60-100K words to proof is a lot harder than a couple paragraphs.
Over the weekend, someone read Blink of an I in KU. This morning, there's a new rating for it on Goodreads. A 3-star. Which would bum me out except I hopped over to their page and it seems like all the books they read they give 3-stars or less. I'm taking it as a win. It's all about perspective. Anyway, I hope they enjoyed it enough to read Unequal next.
Speaking of Unequal, it'll be free for a few days next week. And I set up a sale for the SCIU books for the week after.
Once I get an idea of publication dates and junk for Ugly and the Beast, I'll probably have a sale for Sleeping Ugly to kick off the release. Woohoo. I'm hoping for end of March, but time frames depend on other people and since other people are doing me a favor, I'm not pushing anyone for a speedy delivery. They have lives, too, and their own work, and I'd be a shit if I was all like 'I need this yesterday'. Cuz I don't. It'll happen when it happens. I'm totally chill.
While my beloved elves are busy marking up my manuscript, I'll be writing Cinder Ugly. I posted the beginning of it over at Silver's blog on Wednesday, if you're interested.
Any questions? Got anything you want to update the world about? How's things?