Goals for the New Year
As 2016 came to a close, I set a few goals for 2017. Not necessarily resolutions, but writing goals. And they were not overly lofty goals. Mostly just about fixing storylines in old manuscripts to get them ready to publish. And then in January, something happened. The publisher of my first novel emailed that he was going out of business. And if I wanted to keep my novel in print, I needed to get it published myself. I had a lot to do.
My rights reverted back to me on March 1, 2017. I scrambled. I had never indie-published a novel before. I have a great friend who has, so I leaned heavily on her, and on the advice of others who’d taken that path before. Not only did I want to get Lydia, Woman of Purple re-released, but I also wanted to release another novel based on a Biblical figure, Mary of Bethany. I had the manuscript nearly through final edits, I knew what I wanted my cover to look like, and I knew the basics of getting it published. I decided that March 1st would be a double book launch. But could I do it?
I edited. I called in favors. I purchased ISBNs. I formatted. I worked hard. I even built two devotional workbooks for my novels. And I prayed. A lot.
And God Listened
That’s the only way it happened. The Lord helped me in my time of need. He worked to get my cover art together just in time. He helped me get my final fixes in place before the last minute. The day arrived, and I scrambled. I got my Facebook event up and invited 500 friends. My Amazing Faith Quadruple Book Launch was now a thing.
And it all came together. Lydia, Woman of Purple and the Devotional Study Guide was available on amazon.com along with Her Most Precious Gift and that Devotional Study Guide. Was it easy? Nope. Was it perfect? Not even close. But it happened, and I give thanks to God for giving me the strength and the friends to get me through.
But Wait, There’s More!
What’s next? Well, I have two more children’s book in illustrations right now, and I hope to have them released soon. AND… my Little Black Dress spy novel is getting close, with at least two sequels and two prequels on its heels. I have faith that this is all going to happen. So it turns out that 2017 will be a big year. It already is.
Have any questions or comments? I’d love to hear from you. And if I can help you with your indie-publishing situation, please shoot me an email! I’ll help however I can.
My first novel, Lydia, Woman of Purple is being re-released as part of my Amazing Faith Quadruple Book Launch!
Also included in the launch are Her Most Precious Gift, a novel about Mary of Bethany, as well as the Devotional Study Guides to both novels.
You can purchase Lydia by clicking the cover at the left, and the others will be added as soon as they go live on amazon.
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Publishing Your Own Book is Lots of Work
A few years ago, I worked with a small publishing house and had Lydia, Woman of Purple published. I had already self-pubbed a children’s book, Pockets, and was ready for the BIG TIME. since then, I’ve been writing frantically to get a few more projects finished, edited, and ready for publication. I’ve weighed my options and decide to return to indie release for a number of reasons. It takes a lot of time and tears to get something as perfect as humanly possible. And just when I think I have my second Historical Christian Fiction project ready… my Lydia publisher informs me that he’s closing up shop, and I’ll have my rights back March 1st. So if I want to keep it available, I need to get it re-released. Lots to do. I fixed the typos that slipped by the first time, as well as a few other little blips. I commissioned new cover art. I formatted. I reviewed. I reviewed again, and again.
It’s a Little Like Having Twins
I don’t have twins, but I like to equate birthing two books at once with that experience. Only without the pain and screaming. Well, there has been both pain and screaming, so maybe it is similar. I figure if I’m formatting and reviewing one, I can probably do another at the same time, right? Oh, and while I’m at it, I’ll add a devotional study guide for each book, too. That’s four at once. Maybe I’ve lost my mind. But I had two full novels written and edited, and the study questions for one finished, all I need is the study guide for the second book. I figure I can use the copy from the first as a template for the second.
The Process is the Thing
- Gather the edited manuscripts.
- Paste them into notepad to strip formatting.
- Copy and paste them (one chapter/section at a time) into the CreateSpace templates. I use CreateSpace.
- Assign each MS an ISBN. I get mine from Bowker.
- Submit the interiors for review, and work on the cover.
- Submit the cover. Wait for approval.
- Work on pricing, distribution, and all the little details.
- Repeat all these processes for each book. You can sort of turn it into an assembly line if you have it all ready.
- Plan your launch party. Mine will be a virtual Facebook launch.
- ENJOY your success! You did it!
Okay, so the biggest part of the job is the writing and editing that goes into the work in the first place. Learning the publication process is a bit difficult to start, but gets smoother as you go. That’s why the assembly line works so well; you don’t have time to forget how to do it.
And Away We Go!
Thus begins my Quadruple Book Launch on March 1, 2017. If you want to join my book launch party, please visit my Facebook page by CLICKING HERE!
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I Love Easter Eggs in Movies
I do love them. Those little inside jokes that seem perfectly placed for the super-fans are just that extra, This one’s just for you, to make you feel as though the movie makers know and appreciate the audience.
I keep seeing articles about all the Easter eggs in one movie or another. Especially with Rogue One. I saw Rogue One. I did not, however, see too many Easter eggs. I saw lots of references and allusions to the other films in the Star Wars universe, but referencing Captain Antilles, showing a ship from another SW movie or series, or including the line, “I have a bad feeling about this,” does not qualify as an Easter egg. That’s simply called connecting the dots.
Don’t get me wrong. I really loved Rogue One, but it was not heavy on Easter eggs.
Here’s a Great Example
I recently saw Favreau’s 2016 The Jungle Book, and it contained a perfect example of an Easter egg.
Mowgli is abducted by monkeys and taken to see King Louie, voiced by Christopher Walken. When the boy gets to the palace, he approaches a pile of treasure and picks up a cow bell. He plays with it for a moment, trying to figure it out, and then puts it back down. Why is this an Easter egg? Because Walken is widely remembered for the silly “more cowbell” SNL skit with Will Ferrell. What does that have to do with The Jungle Book? Nothing. That’s the point. It’s only there as an inside joke for the portion of the audience who delighted in Walken’s SNL appearance. That’s what an Easter egg is meant to be.
So Why the Chip on My Shoulder?
I really don’t have a problem with bloggers bringing attention to fun facts they may have noticed in a film that others may have overlooked. I appreciate them helping other connect the dots and show continuity, especially in a series. Just don’t call it an Easter egg if it’s not one. It’s like using the wrong homonym in a sentence. It’s unprofessional. And people do notice.