My third novel, Beyond a Dream, is currently being read by beta readers. After that will be the final edit, and then I can set a date for release!
Since I’m currently sitting around waiting for my readers to get back to me, I’ve been thinking on what project I want to work on next. I have two new stories I want to write but I keep thinking about Kiss of the Fey. I started the first draft of Kiss of The Fey in high school. I was in college when I finally published it but my writing has matured considerably since then. (It’s been three and a half years already?? How does time move so quickly??) Because I still love the characters, I believe my next project will be to rewrite Kiss of the Fey and rerelease it as a second edition. (One of the benefits to self-publishing!) At the same time I may work on one of the new ideas I have floating around.
I know I haven’t been active enough in the community for anyone to care about updates like this but that’s okay. I just don’t have the time to promote and socialize with other bloggers like when I was in school. That’s just life, I guess.
I mentioned in a post before (I think) that I downloaded a new text-to-speech program that I found and enjoyed. I put Kiss of The Fey in chapter by chapter to sort out the remaining typos. I think it was only a month or so ago that I did the same thing by reading Kiss of The Fey on my Kindle, and I was sure that all the typos were gone, but I still went and found a bunch more with the text-to-speech program.
Clearly, little gremlins have been going through my work and putting typos where they have no business being. Obviously, I am not amused. If they put in any more after this, I am just throwing up the white flag in surrender. I can’t afford an editor and I cannot read through Kiss of The Fey another time this year. Maybe the next two years. I just hate it so much that it will cause me physical pain to do so until I take some time away from it.
Don’t get me wrong, I still like the story and I’m still proud of myself, but I’ve read it something like a dozen or more times in the last year and not only will it hurt, but I think that if I read it again I may actually die.
I need more reviews for Kiss of The Fey both overall and ones that don’t mention typos, so I’ll be doing a free promotion on Amazon next weekend. At the end it will also include the first sneak peak at Wildflower Crown! Just the prologue so far, though both the prologue and the first chapter will be available before Wildflower Crown goes on sale.
As for Wildflower Crown, the publishing date is set right now to be June 1st, but I don’t know if that will happen as planned or not. I just got finished with the 3rd draft and so I don’t get sick of it like I have with Kiss of The Fey, I’ll be waiting a few days before starting the final content edit… which will then be followed by heavy proofreading. And more gremlins. Yay. At the very least, reading it over with the text-to-speech program FIRST should save me a lot of grief.
I think my writing has improved since my previous novel and that Wildflower Crown will be a really enjoyable read. Hopefully. (Obviously I write with the intention of having other people read it and enjoy it!) It’s little more fun than Kiss of The Fey, I think the characterization is a little better, and hopefully in my initial release when I go around begging for reviews the reviews won’t mention any typos. I’m not messing around this time!
P.S. Not writing related, but it is FINALLY warming up here. By warm, I do mean 40-50 degrees, but AS IT SNOWED ON TUESDAY I WILL GLADLY ACCEPT 50 DEGREES. Of course, April showers bring May flowers, so it’s now going to rain for like 30 days straight, but as long as it keeps getting warmer and my foot keeps healing I will not complain.
I’ve sold a few copies of the ebook and a few paperbacks. I’m not ready to quit my day job, but I’d like to thank everyone who is supporting me by buying my book!
Now that Kiss of The Fey is out, I thought I’d tell you a little more about my future plans. As you can tell from my “Books” page, there are two novels I’m working on. The first is Only in Whispers. Only in Whispers is much darker than Kiss of The Fey, so I’m unsure of how long it will take to be released. I’m working on finishing the first draft, then I’ll probably set that aside for a little while just to let to stew before I reread it. It contains non-consensual sex, violence, kidnapping–all kinds of dark stuff. There’s also a male/male relationship which is just as much of a focus as the female/male relationship. I wanted to write something different, and I did. It’s very different.
The second book I’m working on is Colors of The Sky. This is going to be much more light-hearted than Kiss of The Fey, though the protagonist does have a dark secret. However, she’s very naive and trusting, and that gets her into trouble. I’m not starting on this until November, but I already know that it’s going to be a very fun book.
Now that I’ve published one book, I can’t wait to publish more! I think I’ve caught the publishing bug. Now I just need my writing to keep up with my ideas 🙂
As it turns out, Amazon is full of shit when it says “Processing will take 3-5 business days”, so Kiss of the Fey is out a day early. What I will take away from this is that I shouldn’t set hard release dates, because Amazon doesn’t know what it’s doing. I published the Kindle version AFTER the paperback version (like actually clicked the button) but it says that it was published yesterday, even though it was after midnight when I hit submit, but the paperback version says it was published today.
Oh well. The moral of the story is that you can find my book here, so check it out! Also, for the last time, I’ll remind everyone that to follow my author blog you can just hop on over to here.
I’m also looking for people to review my book, both on Amazon/Goodreads and on their blogs! If you’re interested in getting a free PDF copy, fill out your information here and I’ll get that emailed to you.
So that’s that. I hope everyone will enjoy my book! I’ve worked really hard on it. I shall now celebrate being published by climbing a mountain. (Seriously. I’ll post pictures, assuming it doesn’t rain on us.)
I’m super excited to be getting closer to the release of Kiss of The Fey! I’m reading over the book for some last minute tweaks just to dot my i’s and cross my t’s. I’m really happy with how the book turned out. It’s been a long process, almost four years from the first form of the story until now, but I’m glad I stuck with it. It was worth it.
I’m also working on my second book, and I’m about halfway done with the first draft. I want to get it written as soon as possible. After getting Kiss of The Fey ready for publishing, I realized how much I enjoy all the work! I’m glad I’m publishing right as school starts. All the homework should distract me from the big gaping hole that the editing and formatting previously filled.
The official release date of Kiss of The Fey will be September 1st! I’m excited to finally share my work with the world! While you’re waiting for the release, you can read the prologue and first chapter here.
SOMEONE TRIED FINDING MY BOOK ON AMAZON. Granted, they may have been searching for another book, but there aren’t any prominent books out there with that name (I know, I checked before deciding on the title).
You, you person, you are the best. I know it’s not my mom, too, because I’ve been using her computer all week.
As for news for Kiss of The Fey, I’m going over it one last time to check for any extra errors. Once that’s done, I’ll be formatting it for Kindle and ordering a proof copy to review from Createspace. Then it’ll be a waiting game between whenever that’s finished and September 1st. (I’ll say once again to follow this blog for updates strictly related to publishing, so none of this nonsense).
I am just happy as a clam right now. Thank you, random person, for making my day that much better.
This is just a reminder that I believe in you, and you should believe in yourself! Whether it’s writing, figure skating, or whatever it is that you want to do, you can do it if you try hard enough.
While I’ve always known I was a writer, I still need encouragement to keep going. However, that’s not what this post is about. This post is about my journey in cover creation.
This was my first try.
I liked the picture, but I couldn’t make it work. I decided to try on a minimalist cover.
But that didn’t work out either, so I went back to looking at stock images.
I figured this was as good as it was gonna get. I was pleased enough with it, but it seemed kinda dark for my topic. I didn’t know if it would draw readers in, though.
Finally, I was messing around with GIMP (free photoshop) and learned how to edit photos a bit more. Then, I found another stock image.
I still have time to change my mind, but I’m about 80% sure that I’ll use this cover. I might edit it a bit more or change my mind once I order my proof copy from Createspace, but still. I feel like my cover journey has gone a long way.
I’m still not an expert, but I feel like I can say that the practice for sure helped. So yeah. Go me. (And follow this blog for publishing updates.)