Thursday, September 18, 2014

A rambling first post

This has been a whirlwind week for me. I jumped feet-first into the world of self-publishing on Monday, and have been riding the wave since. I think it's safe to say that nervous doesn't begin to describe how I've been feeling. I've never shared my words with so many people, and the book I chose to publish first is on the intense end of the spectrum.

Things are going at about the rate I expected, which is to say, somewhat slowly. I'm more than okay with this, though. If I had sold a hundred books in the first week, I may have fainted several times over. As it is, I'm thrilled with the rate the book is selling, and can only hope to improve the rate as time goes on.

I started editing the first novel I ever wrote tonight. It's been sitting gathering cyberdust for nearly 3 years, but I think I'm ready to tackle it again. It's something like meeting up with an old friend whom you haven't seen in years, to the point where they are nearly unrecognizable to you. I'm reading it with fresh eyes and a new perspective with the endgoal of publication in mind.

I've also been working on cover art recently. Of the 7 finished manuscripts, I have titles, and thus covers, for 4. The other 3 are still awaiting titles, and so covers must wait. I've really been enjoying making the covers - more than I thought I would. I also happen to think they're pretty darn good. My first attempt at a cover was... Well, less than stellar. My second attempt wasn't much better. The third was marginally better, but the fourth... The fourth was, in my opinion, on par with professional covers. The following have been along the same lines of quality.

I'm hoping to publish another book soon, but not too soon. I don't want to put too much of myself out there only to be disappointed. Stay tuned to hear more about upcoming projects, and keep an eye out for giveaways!

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