IT’S OFFICIAL!!!

So, the paperwork has been signed, all the i’s dotted and t’s crossed.  As of 9/10/2013 I am officially a published author.  That date will always be a part of who I am from this point forward.  Not only was Holding On released for sale on my publishers website but I also made my first sale!

Thank you so much to the two ladies that I know purchased that very first day giving me my very first “Hell Yeah!” moment… Tracy Aguillon (my boss of the last 12 years) and Cassie Hatfield (a friend of just as long).  You ladies ROCK!  You definitely know how to make a pretty great day even better.  I appreciate all the support.

So here’s what happens next…

It’s time to truly work my ass off.  The easy part is done.  I wrote the book.  I edited it (with help of course).  Now I need to market it to EVERYONE.  This is going to be both a lot of fun and a lot of work.  I went to school for this kind of thing (advertising) but we didn’t cover anything about marketing your own book.  It’s going to be my first real challenge since this whole process started.

Book Signings?  Yes, I plan on having one locally (Kalamazoo) sooner rather than later.  You are all welcome to come.  Actually, that’s not entirely true.  I NEED you all to come.  These signings are the real way that I will be able to make a go of this.  The stores don’t advertise them  – I do – so I need everyone to come and show me some support.  Being someone who has always seen the glass as half empty the entire book signing thing scares the shit out of me.  What if no one shows up?  That’s pretty much what goes through my mind every time I think about it.

Paperbacks.  Yes, you can purchase a paperback copy of Holding On from me if you like.  It will be a while before I have enough on hand to be able to sell them to everyone but if you are willing to wait then I will gladly sell you one.  If you are impatient (I am so I understand) then you can follow the link below and purchase your copy from Tate’s website.  I recommend doing this since you can get your copy in 7-10 days versus who knows when from me.

http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=978-1-62854-850-1

E-Books.  Yes, Holding On also comes in e-book form.  You can click the link above and purchase the e-book if you like.

Bookstores.  Bookstores don’t generally shelf every book that is published since there are so many.  I may get lucky enough for the local B&N to shelf mine but if it doesn’t sell then it will be pulled.  It happens to authors all the time so WHEN is happens to me, I will be expecting it.  Unless I happen to sell a lot of copies that is.  Then I will truly be disappointed if they pull it.

Amazon. Goodreads. B&N.  When I have the official release date I will let you know.  Until that date, the only places you can purchase Holding On will be either from me or directly from the publisher at the link above.  You won’t even be able to search for it on these websites until much, much closer to the release date.

So, that’s what I know right now.  I couldn’t feel more blessed by all of your support since this all came about.  Most of you that are reading this are friends or family and your support means a lot.  Hopefully, I have some future readers that read this as well.  Your feedback, reviews and support mean just as much and for that I thank you, wholeheartedly.

My first ever book signing!!!

Oh My GOD!  It was the craziest thing I have ever seen and the coolest thing by far.  I was so in awe of the authors.  There had to be at least 200 to 300 people coming and going from that room plus the authors plus their assistants plus the yummy male models that some of them brought.  You would think that chaos ensued… you’d be wrong.

This was a well run operation.

If you have no idea what signing I went to then check out this link…

http://thenaughtymafiarocksvegas.blogspot.com/p/w.html

I met a bunch of author, some of my most favorites, and waited in some seriously long lines.  When I say long lines I mean you had to take a ticket and wait for your number to be called to even get a chance at getting your books signed… how cray is that?

The point is, the entire time I was there the only thing I could think about was being on the other side of the table.  What would it be like to be the author at such a huge signing?  How incredibly awesome would it be to have people come to see you just to get a chance to get their book signed?

Then I started to freak out a little because I hate being the center of attention.  It’s not the worst thing in the world but I prefer to blend in a little bit more than what would have been possible in that room.

So, moral of the story… I’m not sure I’m ready for anything that is about to happen.  I obviously hope that my books sell, that they touch people’s heart, that they inspire people.  I hope that one day enough people will be as determined to meet me as I was to meet the amazing authors that I met.  I want my books to do well.  Yes, I want to make this my career.  The only problem I see with this is that I’m not sure that I will be able to get over the attention that comes with it if I do well.

So, if anyone knows any tricks that may help me get over my fear of being the center of attention… I’m listening.  But please, do not tell me to embrace it because that is a load of ****.

I know that none of this will be an issue for a while.  I’m not delusional enough to think that it will happen over night.  I’m not even delusional enough to think that it will happen at all.  A lot of hard work goes in to making a book a success and many of the authors that I met have worked really hard, starting out as indie authors and then getting publishing contracts down the line after they’ve proved their merit.

So, to those that have worked their butts off to get where they are, I applaud you. (I am clapping right now in between typing words.)  Your hard work has been recognized and you are being rewarded with each sale.  I can only hope that my hard work will some day be recognized as well.  I would like my reward to be in the form of a table, next to you, at a book signing (after I conquer my fear of the public).

That it all.

Final Teaser???

So this may be the last one I post before the book is released.  I kept it short and sweet.  I chose a part that doesn’t identify which person Becca is talking with for a few different reasons… mainly because I didn’t want to give to much away.  If I tell you how it ends you won’t really need to read it.  Hopefully you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

“I love you, you know that? More than I can describe and in so many different ways. I love the way you laugh. I love the way my heart rate picks up when I get a text from you or see your name on my phone when you call. I love that you know me better than anyone else. I love that you believe in me and trust me.”

There was a long pause before he continued. “What I don’t love is knowing that I wasted so much time trying to fight the feelings I had for you so that I could save our friendship. I don’t love knowing that there is someone else who gets to hold you, to kiss you, to be there for you because I can’t be. I don’t love that I am going crazy and doing things that make you angry. I don’t love crossing the line with you because it makes me not trust myself with you.”

Holy crap! He’s just declared his undying love to me, and all I can do is stare at him. His profile was beautiful with the moonlight shining in the window next to him. When he turned to face me and our eyes met, I don’t know why but I reached out and cupped his cheek in my hand. He slowly leaned into it and closed his eyes. What the hell was I going to do now?

Cover Reveal

I have been waiting and waiting and waiting… you get the idea.  We finally hit 100 likes!!!  I am not great at keeping secrets, especially juicy ones.  I don’t like to have that knowledge weighing on me.  So, keeping this from all of you for even the short amount of time that I have has been slowly killing me.

I have checked my Facebook page at least ten times an hour to see how many like we are up to.  I’ve been watching my email just as much to see if the official “You can share” email has come through.  I would probably be going insane if it weren’t for modern technology.  I now understand why some people are so glued to their phones – the apps are addicting.

Anyway.  This is what I’ve been waiting to share with everyone.  The only person who’s seen it besides me at this point is my boyfriend.  Sorry but he’s privy to all that you are not at this point.  It’s his reward for putting up with me on daily basis.

I hope you like it as much as I do.  It was a tough decision the second time around.  They sent some great options but this is the one I decided to go with in the end…

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So, when you head to B&N or are looking for the ebook for you Kindle or Nook or iPad, this is the image you will see.  Most importantly, just look for my name because it’s on the cover.  Yep, that’s me excited about my name being on the cover.  How freakin’ cool is that?

Sorry!

So, pre-orders for e-books should be going live soon.  How soon?  I’m not entirely sure but they said soon.  I am assuming that now that we have a cover that it won’t be much longer.  When it’s available you will all be the first to know.  Until then… you can just stare at this beautiful picture and try to imagine what’s on the inside.

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Yep… I posted it again!  I know I might be just a tad bit crazy but that’s okay.  I am finally starting to get excited…

Timeline

So, I got the proofs for the cover options from the publishing company today.  They were not what I was expecting to say the least.  I am a little disappointed.  They listened to what I had to say, what I said that I wanted, but I still didn’t think that they were right.  Neither option fit the image that I have for the cover.

So we try again, I think.  I’m waiting for a response from my Project Manager.  I hope I didn’t offend anyone.  The covers were beautiful but they do not represent the book. I would love to post them and share with all of you what they look like but unless you’ve read the book you wouldn’t understand why they don’t quite work.

I know that I’m being picky.  I’m okay with being picky.  The cover has to be perfect.  If it’s not a GREAT representation of what’s on the inside then no one will want to buy it.  I asked my SIL what she thought and her response was perfect… “are you getting a feeling for Becca or Ethan”.  Those are the two main characters.

No I didn’t.  I looked at both and knew right away that they wouldn’t work.  So, I’m a little disappointed.  I feel like me being picky is going to set the entire process back.  Maybe it will and maybe it won’t but either way I still said no to both options.

What’s the timeline look like right now?  Well, I still have a few steps in the process before I can get a release date.  I’m trying to move it along as quickly as possible (I promise) because as anxious as some of you may be, I’m even more anxious.

So, here’s what’s still ahead…

  • cover design will be finalized this month (July)
  • layout design will be finalized next month (Aug.)
  • digital and print proofs to be signed off on (Early Sept.)
  • Final proof to be signed off on (late Sept.)

Marketing will begin by the end of September and that’s when I’ll have a release day that will be 45-90 days after I sign off on the final proof.  It sounds to me like it will be late November or early December.  

Until then… I guess I will write the final book in the series.  Oh!  Did I mention that Unglued (book 2 in the series) has been accepted by the publishers.  The process will be the same so you can expect to see a release date for that probably June/July 2014.

Status update…

I am one lucky girl these days it seems.  Not only am I about to finally be able to choose the cover for my very first published novel but I am also just found out that my fabulous publishing company, Tate Publishing, has agreed to publish the second book that I have written.  I now have a series!!!  How could life get any better at the moment?  Oh yeah, I could actually sell a few books.

Well, that will have to wait.  Book I (Holding On) will be out late fall 2013 and it sounds like Book II (Unglued) will be out early summer 2014 if all goes as planned.  I cannot even begin to describe how flattered I am that Tate Publishing is take a chance on a second book when we have no idea how well the first one is going to go. 

Unglued is a continuation of Holding On.  It follows the same characters but jumps a few years ahead.  I left this one open-ended as well, knowing that I would want to continue the love story of the main characters.  I am currently trying to write the last book in the series which I tentatively plan on titling Weakness.  It’s going to take me a minute to finish it since it’s written from Ethan’s POV.  I have to learn to think like a guy…

So, next time I post I will hopefully have a cover to reveal to all of you for Holding On.  I should have it no later than the end of the month.  Until then…

Sneak Peak… Another one!

So, it’s been a while and I think that after all the Facebooking and Tweeting that I have done lately that all those that ‘follow’ my blog or ‘like’ my Facebook page deserve a little sneak peak into what they are ‘liking’ or ‘following’.  I would want to know more, but I also tend to be one of those people who wants to know everything that is going on around her… it’s who I am and I have never denied it.  I’m nosy, plain and simple.  You could try to say that I just like to be involved or included but that would be stretching the truth A LOT.

So, anyway.  Back to the real reason you are probably reading this.  You want a sneak peak into what’s in the book.  There are a very select few people who have had the distinguished pleasure of reading it already.  I was going to ask one of them to suggest what part to post but I figured that they would want me to give away the best parts and I just can’t do that.  Who would go out and buy the book if I gave the highlights away for free?  There would be no point in reading it.

So, I am giving you a pretty important part but unless you’ve read the other sneak peaks you probably won’t understand it.  Hint Hint… go read the other ones first.  I will wait…

I rummaged around in my bag for the bottle of water I had left from lunch and finished it in just a few gulps. By the time I looked up to say thank you to Ethan, he was only inches from me, and his eyes were locked on mine. I backed up to get away from him, but he followed. Eventually, my back hit the fencing, and I had nowhere to go. His breathing was labored, and mine fell in stride with his. I was at a complete loss for words, and his eyes were doing all the communicating for him.

As he leaned down toward my mouth, I found myself leaning in to him. When our lips met, it was like an electric charge. We both pulled back instantly, but just as quickly, our lips met again, hungrier this time. It only lasted a few minutes, but even after he pulled away, I could still feel his lips on mine. His hands were burning against the bare skin of my hips. I found myself wanting more, but he pulled away completely.

He stepped back, and all I could do was stare. His eyes looked different. The green that I found myself getting lost in was not there anymore. His eyes had grown dark with need. It scared me just a little to think that I may be looking at him the same way. I had only known him, really known him, for a couple of hours, but it felt like longer. Those things that seem important—the little things people know about each other after years of friendship—were not important in that moment. The only thing I wanted from him right then was another kiss.

 

Hope you enjoyed it.  I am going to try to publish another in a few weeks.

What’s next…

Apparently, now is the perfect time to submit the next book in the series for review.  So, Book II will be headed to my editor probably next Friday.  I need at least that long to make sure that I am confident in sending it.  It’s done, beginning to end, which is a good thing but I still can’t help but feel that something is missing from the story.

So, Book II is almost ready… maybe.

Book I, it’s in the process of being made into an actual book.  When I say that I mean they are formatting the content to set it up like a book and as soon as the cover design is finished (hopefully by the end of the month) it will be printed for me to do a final once over.  It’s all starting to feel a little more real these days.  I think that once I have that first copy, the one where it’s still a little rough but it’s all put together and bound and looks like a “real” book, is in my hands that I will untimely accept that this is all real.  Until then, it still kind of feels like a dream.  I actually wonder sometimes if someone will pinch me and I will wake up from it all.  Hopefully not!

So, as soon as I have the pdf of the cover I will share.  As soon as I have the release date I will share.  What I need for you to do for me is share this post.  Tell your friends to FR me on Facebook.  Help me spread the word.  Without all of you and all of your support my dream will remain just that… a dream.  Writing the book is the easy part.  Selling the book, enticing people to want to read what you put so much hard work into – that’s the hard part.  So yes, I need your help and your support.  Please and thank you!

A little teaser…

I could still feel his kiss. I could still smell his cologne mixed with his soap and all that made him smell so amazing. I could still picture the deflated look in his eyes when I woke up to find him sitting at the end of the couch. I couldn’t get him out of my head. Every time I closed my eyes, he was there—I could see him clear as day. Every time I opened my eyes, I could smell him and feel his touch. Every time I tried to block it out, all I could feel was the pain. The pain was more real than anything.

COVER ART

So, here’s where I need your help.  I know that any moment now someone will be contacting me to discuss the cover.  I have ideas but I am really not sure what I want.  They will work with me to try and make it look amazing but you are the ones that will hopefully be purchasing the book.  Based on the title alone, and what you have read from the teasers I have posted, what do you envision for the cover?  Any ideas?

If someone can come up with a BRILLIANT idea that I can pass along to the design team then they may just be privy to an early release, signed copy of the book.  Was that enticing enough to get your brain working?  Let me know what you think.  

The more ideas the better.