Being part of a hybrid publishing house means you have to do a little of everything. Not only do I write, I also do a bit of proofreading, editing, and formatting. I am nowhere near proficient at any of these, though I’m getting better. One day, I hope to be able to take on editing and formatting as professionally as my publisher. It’s a goal.
I’m almost finished going over my friend’s debut novel. If things go right, I’ll be done in a few days, leaving me available to format another friend’s latest work. Each effort brings me a little closer to understanding the complicated world of formatting. I may not get it completely right, but I’ll give it my best shot.
After these projects, it’s back to work on a novel I have in the works to be released in December. One of my beta readers pointed out a few weak spots that I’ve been itching to fix. After taking a trip the other day to the New Orleans Museum of Art, I have a few changes I need to make, too. It’s been too long since I was able to sit at my desk and let the words flow. The excitement is building.
Don’t forget! My first urban fantasy will release August 28. You can still pre-order To Kill A Demon for 99 cents! Get your copy HERE
Until next week,
Ladies and Gentlemen…I wrote the lovely words, “The End” on the final chapter of the final book in the Veil Series. Veiled Heart Revealed is in the hands of my editor.
What does this mean? Well, I’ll tell ya. It means, barring any surprise hurdles, I will have print copies of Veiled Hearts Revealed AND Breathe Me to Life at Penned Con! Woot Woot! I will need to discuss with my publisher when the release of ebooks will be. So, I’m not going to give you a date on that….yet.
The back cover for Breathe Me to Life is in the process of being created, and the blurb for Veiled Hearts Revealed has been sent in to be placed on the back of its cover. Things are falling into place…yay.
What am I doing while I wait for my edits you ask. I’m doing some research for my next short story. I’m researching shifter species that don’t get enough love and attention. What’s your favorite little known/talked about shifter?
Until next week…Happy Reading!
This has been a productive authory week, and I have to admit it feels good. To Kill A Demon is up for pre-order, releasing on August 28. You can grab your Kindle Edition here for only 99 pennies. I hope you enjoy reading the adventures of Sully and Larke as much as I did in telling their tales.
One of my closest friends is getting close to releasing his debut novel. I’ve been going over it with a fine-toothed comb, making sure it’s as error free as it can get. I’m not sure which one of us is more excited about his baby. I’ve read it so many times, I feel like I know it almost as well as one of my own.
Of course, there always seems to be that one piece of bad that tends to give me grief. It seems that Facebook is cracking down on professionals from promoting their wares on their profile pages. Yes, I have an author page on Facebook, but the majority of my friends and readers are on my profile page, not my author page. Now, according to the Facebook police, we can’t post anything about our business on our profile page without risking being shut down, which means anything about my books. Which is fine and dandy, I’ll post on my author page. Unfortunately, not many will see those posts. Therein lies the problem. How do you get your friends to LIKE your business page, other than asking? I guess I’ll see in the coming days as I ask all of you to come over to the other page and LIKE me. I hope you’ll join me there. I would hate for you to miss out on the fun. https://www.facebook.com/MadisonGrangerAuthor/
Before this weekend is over, I still have to put together a newsletter and finalize plans for Booking in Baton Rouge. I’ve ordered my books, reserved my room, and touched base with the event coordinator. Need to go over my swag and see what I’ve got, and what I’m going to need. It’s been three years since I’ve been to a book signing of this caliber. I’m equally nervous and excited. If you’re going to be in the Baton Rouge area October 20, you can get tickets for the event here. I hope to see you there.
Until next week,
FABULOUSNESS. Total fabulousness.
You may or may not be aware of my Rhino philosophy, business model, or life plan…but I’m a Rhino. Sometimes, Rhinos need to plop into a mud puddle and just do the downtime. Late last week, I and my mini-unihorns headed south for some R&R and dang it if wasn’t perfection. Sweet perfection with a double scotch on top.
Ever notice that you think you know how worn you are…but once you’re back, it’s like…I had no idea how out of psycho I really was? Or realizing how crappy you feel, but only after you feel better? I’m not going to front like I’m magically batting 1000 again, cuz Goddess knows I could use more of the mud puddle…but I’m better. And, I’m coming into clearer focus on what I need to do to hit the marks.
With so many looming deadlines, I couldn’t see how to do anything but keep pushing forward. Except, pushing forward was just bungling the gears and making me edgy. Pause the gas pedal and pull back. Breaks are good.
I literally slept in a lake with my head through an inner tube to keep it above water. Best nap I’ve had in ages. Not to mention time with the extended family was enlightening and pleasant. No pressure, no phones…just food and chill. All shop talk was dropped at the main road and left for the return trip.
Gods, I can’t wait to go again.
Tomorrow starts 3 weeks in a row of releases, so get your one-click fingers ready.
Twelve (Flip-Flopped Fairy Tales) hits the 14th
Rogue (Una-Mor Trilogy book 1) hits the 21st
Black Guard (Una-Mor Trilogy book 2) hits the 28th.
I’ll have an update on the other dates next week…There are at least 3 in September, but there’s a chance there will be more.
🙂 Just depends on how therapeutic that mud really was.
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Things are looking up lately and it’s a nice change of pace. I finally got Demon off to the publisher. If things work out, I’ll still have that August release. It may be toward the end of the month, but I’ll be keeping my personal deadline of August. Still need to work on promos to get the word out.
I sent Heart of Stone off to a couple of my beta readers. The feedback was sorely needed. I knew the story needed “more,” I just wasn’t sure what points needed it. Now, I have a better idea of what and where to fix what’s lacking.
In between my own works, I need to buckle down to help out a friend. He’s *this close* to releasing his first novel, and I promised him a thorough going over before it makes it way to the public. While doing that, I need to pull some quotes so I can work on his teaser promos, too.
No rest for the weary, here. As soon as I get all of this done, it’s back to work on Blindsided. There’s a lot more to go before it’s finished, and that deadline will be here before I know it.
Until next week,
To say I’ve been busy is a profound understatement. Settling into a new place is usually something I enjoy. This time around, not so much. While I love all the windows, it leaves little wall space for my many prints. Keepsakes that were kept in the attic have found themselves on the floor in my office. I don’t want to put them in storage because it isn’t climate controlled, but I have no other choice. There’s just not enough room for everything. I’ll get through it. It will just take time.
In between boxes, I did manage to finish up To Kill A Demon. I’m 90% finished with the formatting. A few more tweaks and I should be able to send it to my publisher before the weekend is over. As usual, formatting never goes smoothly for me. I always seem to run into a snag or two along the way. Thankfully, my niece came to my rescue and is helping me. Though why for the life of me you can upload a perfect copy to Createspace and still find issues. I just don’t get it! Maybe one day I’ll figure it all out, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be this day.
For now, it’s back to finishing up the formatting and unpacking more boxes. There’s light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s still a pinpoint. I’ll keep working at it. At least, the background of rain of the roof is soothing. Today will be a better day.
Until next week,