NEWS!!! You ready for a cover reveal??

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I have been out of the blogosphere (is that still a word?) for a very long time. VERY long time. You may have noticed. BUT! I have big news!! Last night, I finally finally finally completed my rough draft and I am entering the editing phase! I’m thinking that I’ll be ready for a summer release! Whaaaaat? Super excited about this. Like, I can’t even tell you how excited.

So in honor of this major step in the process, I’m ready to do a cover reveal! My AMAZING cover artist, Leslie, has had this ready for me for quite some time and I feel like I’m finally living up to my part of this. 🙂

Oh! I just realized this is a title reveal too! So here’s the scoop on that…

I was pounding my head against a wall trying to come up with the title for my sequel to Drawn In. I was completely stuck on the idea that I wanted all 3 books to begin with “Drawn.” It just made sense. But a dear friend of mine interceded and compelled me to keep pushing for something stronger. I ignored her for a while. But then I realized that she was right. I was boxing myself in in a way that didn’t need to happen. And so I went back to square one and started re-imagining what it could be if I let myself out of that box. And I went back to the Prophecy in book one…

Hair of Fire, Eyes of Ice,

With her family she’s all alone.

She’s been drawn in to a time forgotten

But paper dreams will lead her home.

And there was my title. And I love it. It feels right, and it feels specific, and it feels like mine. And so I give you… the cover of A Time Forgotten.

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I’m in love with it. My favourite part is the small patch of starry sky shining through in the corner. SO beautiful! And do you notice the Spiral Spire there on the Citadel? And who is this reaching out, inviting you to join? Is this Alex? Is it Seth? Someone new? Hmmm…

Feel free to comment! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Cover Reveal!!!!

This is it! Are you ready? (Drum roll, please…)

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Ta-da! I hope it shows up okay so you can see it in all its glory.

This was created by my wonderfully talented friend Leslie Willis. She hasn’t (yet!) created a site for cover art, but you can see some of her work on DeviantArt here and see some of her other artistry on her Etsy page here (it’s a little sparse right now, but she has AMAZING work… you should definitely follow her!).

So yes, this is my cover for Drawn In! Meet Rennie, my MC. I think you’ll like her. The words she’s walking on are actually text from my book (part of a story told to her during a dream), and even blown up an turned upside down, you won’t really be able to read them (by design, of course), but now you’re in the know. I’m not sure how the image will show up on this site, so if you can’t read the tag line above the title, it says, “Who says having all your dreams come true is a good thing?”

So what do you think?? I hope you love it as much as I do.

Please feel free to share, get the word out, spread the loooooove! I’m on track for a release in early March. So exciting!

That Moment When…

 

Sometimes, I feel like my blog becomes a big commercial for self-publishing, and I don’t intend that to be the case. But sometimes there are just these moments that get me so excited that I just can’t help but share them. Yesterday was one of these moments.

As I get closer to finishing my revisions (a lot of it is full out re-writes, let’s be honest), I’ve started looking more seriously into the other final steps – formatting, fonts, cover art. And I narrowed down my search to four cover artists I was considering. Then I narrowed it down to two. Then, on a whim, I asked a friend who is craaaazy talented to see what she could come up with, just for fun in her spare time. I thought maybe she could help me to narrow my vision of what I was looking for, and sift through some ideas to weed out what would eventually work and what wouldn’t. And it was working – we were getting closer.

And then yesterday. I got an email from her with no text at all, just the image she’d been working on. And I got instant goosebumps. It was my cover. THIS. IS. IT. It was a moment I’ve been looking forward to for a long time, and it caught me completely by surprise. And it was wonderful.

And this this THIS is why I’m self-publishing. For these moments. It’s not a commercial; it’s not a debate; I’m not out to convince anyone to make the choice I’ve made. But I know that this is absolutely the right choice for me. And it’s moments like this that show me that. To be able to design and choose my own cover art down to the smallest detail is HUGE to me – having control over every aspect of how my book is presented (inside and out)… that’s what it’s all about for me.

I’m not sharing it yet. There will be a blog tour and cover reveal when the time is right (if I can figure out how to organize that! That’ll be the next step). I can’t wait to share it with the world! But for now, just know that it’s worth waiting for.

And the winner is…

Thanks so much to all who voted for the cover image to appear on my book! The winner is…

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I have to agree, this is a very cool photo, and it actually fits my story really well. I’m still working it all out, going through the motions of querying and being rejected (such an interesting process), but while that’s happening I’m doing all of my homework and getting ready to self-publish. I think the biggest stumbling block for me is that right now, the way the game is laid out, if I take the step to self-publish my book, then I am essentially saying “Yes, I agree to the fact that I will NEVER have an agent represent my work, and I will NEVER be a Legitimate Author in the Traditional Publishing World.” And you know, that’s a big statement. And it might be part of what I have to accept if I move forward. But honestly, I’m coming to terms with even that.  I think that it’s all in my perspective. Instead of looking to Veronica Roth as the example (although I still adore her, and will have tea with her any time she asks), I need to look instead to Sarah J Maas and Kate Avery Ellison … Indie authors who have made it, and are surviving and thriving in that environment. Sarah, who went the self-pub route and is now represented and published mainstream due to her amazing series. And Kate whose series was successful and has since been offered representation but refused it in order to maintain her own autonomy over her vision. Both are so inspiring to me in their own ways (plus I’m a big fan, find Sarah here and Kate here).

So yeah, that’s where we are. The homework continues, the querying goes on (for now), and I keep getting to be a writer. Life is good.

It’s Here! It’s Here! (& Vote to help me choose my cover!)

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Lulu.com where I order my works in progress in book form. And since I just recently finished the latest round of revisions, it was time to order another copy to pass out to beta readers. And here it is…

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Isn’t it pretty??? Yes, it’s still just a work in progress but MAN it feels good to see it like this! If you’re getting copies to beta readers for your own work, you’ve seriously got to do this. SO rewarding!!

And that started me thinking of what I want for my real cover. I actually emailed a self-published author whose cover art I adore, and she replied! (I kind of felt like I was talking to a celebrity!) Anyway, she had some great advice for me on cover art and I’ve started selecting possible images from istock and it’s all very exciting. Wanna help me choose? Here are the ones I’m leaning towards…

Choice A:                                                                                         Choice B:

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Choice C:                                                                                           Choice D:

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(For more on the actual plot, see the My Book page.) Got it? Great! Now you can vote here: 

Thanks! I’ll post results next week. Stay tuned!