Monday, August 25, 2014

"Call it magic."

September is near! I had changes to make after proofing my author copy, so I submitted those a while back. My back cover changes were already fixed, so now I'm just waiting for them to finish going through the interior so that I can proof it again. Here's my estimated timeline:

They'll need three days to go over the changes I made to the interior proof (mind you, it's not very many). Once they're done, they'll send me a newly improved interior proof for me to go through. Once I'm done with that (should take at least 3-5 days for me), it'll take about 2-3 days to get another author copy to look over. It'll take me about 4 days to get through that (unless I lock myself away, I might need less than that). If all is well, I can approve it and publish the book! And then I'll get my box of free books that was included in my publishing package. I am SO excited.

The closer these steps are to getting done, the more likely I'll get a set publishing date for you all. I already have an idea, but I will not be evil and say it when it might not be possible. You'll just have to stay tuned.

Here's a fun story to keep you occupied in the meantime.

This weekend was the annual Indian Market. This year, there were two (the other was called IFAM). IFAM was held in the railyard, which is super close to us. Mom and I scoped it out, and it was actually quite good. It was way more relaxed than the usual tourist chaos involved with Indian Market (though the one this year was pretty good, I do have to say), and I still get goosebumps every time they sing with the drums. I always feel such power through their singing and dancing. So while we were walking around and checking out the booths, a wind blew through and Mom helped pick up some jewelry that fell from one of them. When I joined her, I was immediately taken with a pair of turquoise and oyster shell earrings. Here's the kicker: I usually stay away from turquoise. They were always more geared towards Mom (they suit her really well), and I am already crazy picky when it comes to wearing stones and gems (the only ones that don't make me feel like I need to tear them away from my skin are garnet, moonstone and amethyst). I will sometimes borrow Mom's turquoise pieces if it fits the outfit, but I still never gravitated towards it...until I saw those earrings. Needless to say, I now have those earrings. They feel calming. I have no doubt it was the mountain's doing (there's a saying in Santa Fe: if the mountain likes you, things will have an uncanny way of working out. If the mountain does not accept you, you will never be rid of the urge to flee the city). Considering my spirituality, I took it as a sign of more great things to come, especially in the book department. Yay.

Now I'm off to keep watch about my interior proof changes status.

Monday, August 11, 2014

My dream is almost complete.

I am SO glad to finally be sharing the cover of my first book with you all! I love it. I love it A LOT.

There are just a few more steps left. They're sending me my complimentary author copy of CHILD OF BLACKWEN and I get to have one final review of it. I should be getting it sometime this week, next week the latest. After I'm done going through it, changes or not, we'll work on the pricing, the sales channels, and all the other goodies before book one of the Artemis Ravenwing tales will be published.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

I revealed the cover on Facebook and Twitter a few days ago and the response has been phenomenal. I started keeping a tissue box at my side after reading all the heartfelt messages a lot of friends and family have sent my way. I even heard from people I hadn't spoken to in years, it's really cool. All I can say is, thank you, thank you, thank you! :)

Once I get a definitive publish date, I shall inform you all through all the proper channels. In the meantime, enjoy the cover! Yay!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Next step.

Well, a next few steps actually. Dun, dun, dun.

I sent in my revised manuscript to Amazon's CreateSpace and now I am waiting for them to process it and start working on the interior design. I can't believe it is August already...it seems like it was yesterday when I first sent in the request for the publishing package I wanted and all of these wonderful things started for me. Next month, the dream will be a reality. And then I have to save up again to repeat the process with Mistress of Blackwen.

Mistress of Blackwen is another step in the plan - the cohesion edit plan, that is. I will return to part two of the cohesion edit now that I am finished with Child of Blackwen. I am going to take a week and a half break before I do so, however. The copyedit revision for book one took a lot out of me. I am excited though! I have a lot of new things to incorporate into book 2 now. And I'm thoroughly prepared; I have a new set of Sharpie pens and I have some new tea (who doesn't enjoy a nice mango black tea?). To the Santa Fe friends, yes, this means that I will disappear a lot more once I start this part of the plan.

I have also decided to start book 4 of the Artemis Ravenwing novels in January 2015 (the second, to be specific!). A year without writing a new novel is enough of a break, and don't worry, I'm not complaining about being completely immersed in the publishing process of Child of Blackwen throughout 2014. 2014 has been really good to me. I know 2015 will be too. I sort of have a tentative title for book 4...I originally had another one but it didn't feel right to me. Remember, when I first started this whole revision of the series, I only thought it was going to be two large books. I still can't honestly answer how many books will be in this series. Book four might be it, or it could end up as six Artemis Ravenwing novels. Who knows? :)

I may also break my rule of not working on multiple storylines, just to pen down the continuing flow of ideas for my Shadow Walker series. I sort of did the same for the Artemis Ravenwing novels back in college, so I don't suppose it'll be too distracting. I know I'll get to it once I'm done with this current series. *sighs* So many stories in my head! There are times where I do envy the authors who can work on multiple storylines in a given year!

I now bid you adieu. A week and a half vacation awaits me.