The release of my romance novel is fast approaching, even if I don’t have a date locked down yet. I’m currently working on the paperback edition. Here is a preview of the cover layout. I used free to use photography from this website and my limited Photoshop knowledge (mostly experimentation). I like the cover a lot, but I still need to test how it prints out.
With the cover out of the way, at least until I see the proof copy, I’m onto the synopsis I’m using to sell my book. Here is what I have so far.
James Bennet has no time for love or even lust. He has a book to ghostwrite before the end of the month. When his wealthy friends offer him a cabin to stay at in the remote Eagle Cap Wilderness, he can’t resist. Complete isolation in the mountains at Pan’s Lake Arcadia might save his career. But when Hamed, a handsome packer, turns that isolation into a chance at love and passion, will James learn what’s really important before the deadline?
Maybe Lake Arcadia and sex magic can give James one more try at love. Stranger things have happened in the name of the Great God Pan. After all, what’s a little time travel to a hedonistic god?
That’s where I am at right now. If you have any feedback, I still have time to change things. Thanks for following my progress.
On this April Fools’ Day, I will be taking a break from reading social media, but I guess that doesn’t mean I can’t post my own stuff. (No April Fools’ jokes here.)
I feel like I make a lot of plans for the future on this blog (when I actually post), and they don’t always come to pass, so now I’m focusing on the present. Time to report on what I have done and what I’m doing and not what I plan to do one day.
I’m finishing up the first draft of my sex magic romance novel. I’ve also been rewriting the first 40,000 words. My short 60,000 word romance novel looks like it is going to be closer to 80,000 words. I’m not sure how long I’ve been working on this one, but it’s a lot longer than I was planning.
I’m rewriting The Forgiving to release it as a paperback. I have no idea how long this will take, but I’m not going to rush it. I’m not going for any major changes, but there are a few parts I’m not satisfied with and I want improved before the book is in print.
I’m in the process of learning how to make comics. This includes doing the Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook and going through Drawing Words and Writing Pictures. I’ve also written a four page comic for a contest. A novice artist is drawing the art.
I’m reading drastically more books. Most of these are romance novels and Image comic books. Some romance recommendations: Rattlesnake, The Lightning-Struck Heart, and Erica’s Choice. Some comic recommendations: Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars and Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine.
I’m in the middle of American Gods.
That’s me right now. I hope I have more to update you on soon.
I have less than eighteen days to finish House of Cabal Volume Two: Estate. On March 5th, I need to send it to my copy editor. She will get it back to me around the 11th and then I’ll look through her edits, finalize the text, and publish on Smashwords and Amazon.
I’ve been working on the final draft all day. Earlier in the week, I was using the Find function to search through the text and look at sentences and word use in isolation, but today I’m reading through the whole book, seeing everything in context, and making corrections as necessary. I’ll have a better idea about if I have any weak sections after this pass.
Time is running short, so I’m also searching for any plot holes or logical inconsistencies.
Example: I describe large cedar trees on the House of Cabal estate. The estate was supposedly constructed fifteen years ago. Were the trees on the site before the construction, which is highly unlikely, or is there another explanation for their rapid growth? I hadn’t thought of this before today. I could address the cedar trees in the plot or remove them from the description.
I need to consider every detail before it goes to the copy editor. If I try to fix these types of problems after I get it back, I’ll introduce new errors I hired my copy editor to catch.
In other news, my horror novel The Forgiving is on sale for $0.99 at Amazon HERE.
All my savings will be going into the copy-editing of my books over the next two years. If I can’t make the money back, I’ll have to find a day job, which will seriously cut into my writing time.
If I’m not turning some kind of profit by early 2017, I’ll be in trouble.
These are early days, but I still get anxious about the future of my writing career. I’ll need money to keep releasing books, but more than that, I need readers to spread the word. I just have to keep writing and releasing amazing books and hope my writing catches on. The greater the number of amazing books I release, the better chance I have of that happening. Word of mouth is really everything in indie publishing. Remember that when you finish reading a good book.
Like every writer, I don’t really like connecting my art to money, but as a self-publishing indie author, it’s kind of my job.
This year I’ll also be submitting Lovecraftian short stories wherever I can in hopes of building an audience. One story is the “The Ovum Horror,” the short story I give away when you sign up for my mailing list. I’m actually rewriting it a bit right now. There are just a few things that weren’t working that needed to be fixed. By next year, I should have a book’s worth of Lovecraftian short stories to publish in a collection called The Queen in Yellow.
After working on my cover (which I still haven’t finalized), I thought I would take a stab at writing the sales copy. Here is my first attempt. I’m pretty happy with it, but I would love to hear what you think.
The witness angel Pinsleep is an outcast among his kind. He grieves the loss of Adam and Eve, while his brothers and sisters witness human stories on earth.
When a modern day couple discovers the Garden of Eden, Pinsleep chances upon a hidden epic. Humans have discovered a way to change their destinies and hide from God’s wrath.
To understand the far reaching consequences of the trespass, Pinsleep must travel through time and space to uncover the cabal that orchestrated the couple’s arrival, a secret organization that threatens to rip the fabric of reality apart.
House of Cabal: Eden is the first installment of an epic work of contemporary fantasy and horror, delving into the dark heart of human identity and occult faith.
I was going to learn to code, but I guess I’ll try mastering the English language first.
I have this crazy idea. I’ll become my own copy editor. It will take time and daily study. I’ll have to master a craft that is not one of my natural gifts. Not by a long shot. It will be a struggle. Hopefully it will pay off.
The worst that could happen is I become better at grammar, and I still have to hire an editor anyway.
I just can’t pay to have three novels edited in one year. Especially if there might not be a return on my investment. I can either get a job just so I can pay a copy editor potentially thousands of dollars, or I can use that time to master proofreading myself.
These are the decisions you have to make when you are your own publisher and your publisher is flat broke.
Note: It is pretty much universal self-publishing advice to at the very least hire a copy editor, so use this post with caution.