Monday, September 29, 2014

Adventures of late recap.

Adventure #1 - Book Party.

That's right! I had a book party! It was pretty fantastic. I was surrounded by a handful of awesome people and I maybe squealed inside while signing purchased copies of CHILD OF BLACKWEN. May I have more of these in my future!

I wouldn't mind if there were a ton of raven decorations again either...

There was a reading too. I didn't intend for one to happen, but it was pretty much asked of me to do so. It felt like my Senior Reading all over again, only with more stumbled words. I don't think anyone minded though. They all enjoyed the parts I read, which meant that I did my job of sucking people into the story (woohoo!).

Speaking of which, I've already been asked (quite forcefully by some), when would book 2, MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN, come out. I have hopes for it coming out next year, but it depends right now. Basically, tell everyone you know about CHILD OF BLACKWEN and have them buy it/review it. The more exposure I get, the more I can reap in the benefits and make book 2's publishing far more possible. I thank those who have given reviews so far (and believe me, I've been so happy with its reception! I'm really glad people are enjoying the tale). Also, here's a new link to my Square store, another place where you can purchase book one of the Artemis Ravenwing novels:

https://squareup.com/market/melanie-rodriguez-author

I have a limited amount of books to sell and ship at the moment, but it's a great way to grab an autographed copy too. I will ship the book via Priority Mail as well. Send any inquires my way! :)

Adventure #2 - Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer at the Jean Cocteau Cinema. And a surprise on Saturday afternoon.

Yes, you read that correctly. With the help of dear friends, I got to see one of my favorite authors ever. I felt a little silly realizing how little I knew about Amanda Palmer (other than the fact that she had just finished writing a book), and then felt relieved that I at least remembered the Dresden Dolls and the song I listened to quite back in high school and college: Coin-Operated Boy. It was fun to listen to Neil read (and sing too!) and it was just as fun to watch Amanda perform and sing. I was intrigued by her coming book too, and seeing how a tad nervous she was to read a passage. I knew the feeling well, as I had done that very thing just the day before. It was at the end of the show that I realized that my copy of Good Omens and American Gods, which sat diligently on my lap, would not get the chance to be signed, and I was, well, sad (to put it mildly). I was rather close to buying a copy of one of his books at the JCC, but I would have been even more depressed if I had, considering that it was missing Neil's autograph.

A couple of days after that (and putting the sadness behind me), I finally nabbed a copy of The Ocean at the End of the Lane (thank you to a friend who gave me a Barnes and Noble gift card at the book party!). When I opened it up this weekend to read it, I nearly fell off the couch.


How this happened, I don't know. This made up for that bit of sadness and more. Thank you, book gods, for intervening with my B&N order. Thank you, Santa Fe mountain, for gifting me with this.

Adventure #3 - Gethin Anthony (Renly Baratheon to GoT fans) at the Jean Cocteau Cinema to promote his film, Copenhagen.

As I stated in one Facebook status: "I met Gethin Anthony (Renly), and it was EPIC!!!"

And it surely was. I absolutely loved the Copenhagen film. It was fun to watch yet another GoT actor speak with an American accent in a film too (when Harry Lloyd was here, he spoke with an American accent in his film, Big Significant Things). Of course, I had to go grab a photo with him. AND HE SIGNED MY BOOK TOO!!! I now have book one of A Song of Fire and Ice series signed by Harry Lloyd and book two, A Clash of Kings signed by Gethin Anthony. And each signing was special, really. Harry signed as both himself and Viserys Targaryen, and Gethin signed as himself and wrote "Ours is the Fury" (the words of House Baratheon). My friend and I got to chat with Gethin for a bit too, and that was such great fun. When I got home that night, I realized just how many famous people I've met this year, whether it was in person or via Skype. 2014 has been really good to me.

I also purchased a copy of Rogues from the JCC that night, and it has four author signatures. Woo.

Adventure #4 - Aspen Vista Trail.

Fall is upon us, and what better way to admire the beauty of foliage by going on a hike, right? I never went on the Aspen Vista Trail; we usually go to the Windsor Trail, which is MUCH higher (and far more difficult). I was pleased at how this trail was, especially since I am constantly worried about my crappy ankles (volleyball, how I love and hate you sometimes!). Shadow Weaver had a great time too. I want to come back once the foliage is completely set in. I need to see some orange and reds too!

The ravens were around too, much to my pleasure.

Of course, I've been spoiled by Vermont concerning Fall; I miss the cider doughnuts especially. I need to go back someday...maybe for a prolonged "escape" of sorts.

An escape in general sounds fantastic...



Monday, September 15, 2014

The next phase.

Yes, that is a poster. Yes, I might have used it as a cape for a split second. And yes, I am loving every moment of my newfound status as an author.

I love getting photos from people of them with my book (including those with their animal children). If you haven't grabbed your paperback copy yet, Amazon is selling CHILD OF BLACKWEN for $12.88 today! That is a steal! It is still $14.99 via my eStore. As for the kindle version...stay tuned for an announcement! It'll be out very soon! :)

I am now a Goodreads Author too, so if you're not friends with me already on there, go do it now! You can also become a fan (yay!). CHILD OF BLACKWEN is already listed on there, so if you're reading it, don't forget to list it! I cannot stress the importance of reviews as well! Reviews are currency for an author in the writing world, and a book's visibility is extremely important. I would greatly appreciate it!

Reviews on Amazon would be spectacular as well. Major brownie points and hugs if you leave a review on both Amazon and Goodreads!

The next phase of attack (besides marketing the hell out of CHILD OF BLACKWEN) is to return to my cohesion edit of the series. MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN, volume two of the Artemis Ravenwing Novels, I will see you next week! I even have a new red Sharpie just for it.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Dream complete.

I think this picture says it all. I am officially a published author (before my 25th birthday in two months), and I peaked at #41 in Amazon's Hot New Releases in Epic Fantasy.

OH. MY. GOODNESS.

It's amazing, it really is! I've been a wave of emotions (though strangely enough, those emotions did not last for long). I've been calm throughout the rest of it, and I seriously questioned if somehow I was unfeeling because of it. But no, I am indeed capable of feeling and am just...happy. Fulfilled. Grateful. Humbled. I'm running out of feelings to describe, heh.

Amazon is currently selling CHILD OF BLACKWEN for $13.16 in paperback, so if you haven't grabbed your copy yet, please do so! Also please leave a review! Reviews help the book's visibility AND it'll help me market it to bookstores! (Please be honest with your reviews by the way, I can take it!)

You can also purchase CHILD OF BLACKWEN via my eStore! You can find the link on my "Published Works" tab here on the blog. You may also click on the cover image of the book on the sidebar of the blog!

I am also working on creating a website where you can buy the book directly from me (even autographed copies). I will post the link to it once it is finished.

You must be wondering about the kindle version. KDP Select is a separate entity from CreateSpace, so they are currently working on converting my book to the kindle format. For those of you who have a nook, you can download the kindle app via your computer or smartphone, and the app is free! I am working like a madwoman with the marketing, so stay tuned about further distribution news!

By the way, CHILD OF BLACKWEN will be available for your local library to order sometime next month! I shall keep you all posted on that as well.

I'd like to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who has been sharing the book to others via social media, the link to my author page on Facebook, and even this blog to everyone! The more you share all of this, the bigger the presence I will have and even sell more books! Sharing is caring! And reviews are super important! And most of all, please enjoy volume one of the Artemis Ravenwing Novels. I will be editing volume two, MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN, at the end of the month. I may have finally achieved the status of "author," but my work is never done. There is much more that needs to be done! *cue maniacal laughter*

Monday, September 1, 2014

September!!!

Happy September!!! I have waited for this month to come for a long while now. Not only because of the book publishing, but also because it means that Summer is ending and my favorite season, Fall, is coming. Granted, Fall means pumpkin-spiced everything to mostly everyone in the world, but I think of cider first. I then think of foliage, a crisp morning air, Halloween, and my birthday in November. Yup, I love the promise of Autumn.

So here are some CHILD OF BLACKWEN updates:

I went through the interior proof changes on Friday and approved them. I am now waiting for that service to finalize, and then I'll be sent another paperback to go through. By the end of this week, I will have a pub date for book one! Yay!!!!

The print will be available before the kindle version. I will certainly keep you updated about when the kindle book will be available. It's technically considered two services, and it's easier to edit the print version than the kindle one, so they're waiting for me to approve the final version of CHILD OF BLACKWEN before they start the electronic conversion. I do not believe it will take too long after the paperback is available.

An FYI too - you'll be able to purchase my book through my e-store via Amazon as well! I have to set it up, but it's another option to consider. ^_^

And now, I'm off. I'm enjoying my Labor Day with some video games.