Showing posts from June, 2014


Last week I received my manuscript from my copyeditor! I've been peering through it since, and today will really begin the intensive read-through/editing. Every night since I got it, I've been going through the editorial letter that she sent me. It's a lengthy letter, but that is because I have a rather lengthy manuscript. Overall, she had some comments and suggestions I've been thinking about all weekend and have some ideas that'll strengthen certain parts of the tale. I'll let you in on a secret: I thought she was going to have wayyyyyyy more comments and corrections in the manuscript than there already is. It's still a bit to go through, but the fact that it isn't as much as I expected means I can take a deep breath of relief.

I'll share this direct quote from the letter:

"Child of Blackwen has a compelling start and follows through with likeable characters, strong dialogue, and a sophisticated writing style."

For years I've wanted …

Cover proof and naps.

((Artist Unknown)) Another Monday, another week of book publishing work. Things have slowed down a bit, however. The marketing part of the publishing package has finalized, and I got to see the first proof of the cover for Child of Blackwen. I don't need another round of changes for the cover, as I am pleased with what they sent me. No reveal yet, sorry. There will be one in the future though, I promise! I am really glad the images I found worked together for the creation of the cover. My design team did a fantastic job, and I can't wait to see how it'll look with the text the marketing team came up with. I may or may not be spending a significant amount of time just staring at the proof...I can't help it, heh. My dream is nearly fleshed's so wonderful! I believe they're now waiting for me to receive my manuscript from the copyeditor before they continue with anything else. I should be getting that by the end of next week, and then I'll be crazy b…

Cover and marketing stages.

Happy Monday! I am officially back to living on coffee (haven't done so since college). Sleep comes to me when it feels like it, and I have yet to have a successful nap during the publishing process. At least everything else is going well! Last week pretty much entailed the cover and interior design consultation for Child of Blackwen. My design coordinator is actually from Seattle, but she was still working on east coast time like myself. During our first consultation (at 9 am...I stuffed myself with a LOT of coffee), she and I discussed how I would like the interior of the book to look like, which went rather quickly considering I already researched the samples and fonts before I purchased my publishing package. We then spoke about my ideal cover; we had to change the cover design part of my package so that she could really create what I first described to her. My original cover design portion of the publishing package entails the use of stock images, and we changed it so that w…

Moving along, moving along.

((Artist Unknown))  Last week was most possibly the most exhausting one in a very long time. I spoke to my publishing consultant last Tuesday, got a great publishing package that included some sweet deals (hey, who doesn't love the idea of getting 40 free paperbacks once the process is complete?), and then realized after that that my entire publishing team works on east coast time. I think I've only seen my friends once since this all really started, considering that I've had a hard time staying up past 9:30 pm (New Mexico is in the mountain time zone, meaning I am two hours behind the time zone where I originally came from). I have to return to the routine that sort of saved me in college - sneaking in naps whenever I can. Last night I purposely stayed up late just so I could actually sleep in for once, and I woke up at 6:58 this morning. That only means one thing: my sleeping schedule is officially screwed.

It's all worth it though, don't worry. On Wednesday, I …