I’m going to blog each day about my journey in releasing my next book. I have two aims:
- A vain effort to help others, I hope my experience will help a budding or even an experienced author.
- Get the conversation going, I don’t pretend to have all the answers, not even half of them. If I did, I’d be #1 in my genre. I want people in the author world to help me and each other. Share my blog, comment with helpful tips, not just for me but for everyone else that is going to read them.
My current sign up rate is 43%, bloody marvellous.
This evening I will be editing only. My weekday routine it up at 6am, in work by 7.30 and home by about 5pm ish. Dinner and then roughly about 7pm I settle down to do authorly stuff until around 10pm. An hour of that evening time is dedicated to social media and emails and then its either writing or editing. Every day. Weekends are different, depends on what I’m doing, author life comes second at the weekend.
Editing, what can I say? I love it, it is my favourite part of the writing journey. I’m no expert by any means, I don’t have a qualification but have been editing for a very long time, long before I decided to write. I have pages and pages of editing tips that I have picked up along the way and also the advice from my editor. I don’t do it all at once, each sweep through will look at a different aspect. One sweep will be to look for full stops and make sure they are all there. Another would be to look at how I start each chapter. The list goes on but I would say reading through the manuscript from start to finish would be about four times. The rest of the sweeps are sections.
I am also aware that no manuscript will be perfect, mine, yours, this blog, an author who has sold 270 million books, no one. The point is, is to make it as perfect as possible. Delay the publication if you are not ready to hit publish.
On a different subject I’ve notice that not many people are using the sign up form. Whatever works for bloggers and authors, I don’t mind.
Here’s what I have left to do (in no particular order):
1000 851 blogs and get help; Attach book on Author Central (Amazon); Newsletter Release once live; write and then post excerpts; Post a Goodreads event; Organise a giveaway; Update Website; Design Teasers; Format the book for eBook and Paperback; organise a thunderclap; update all the other eBook novels with this book’s title under books by this author; arrange for Book 1 to be at a reduced price a week before; set up ARCs.
Decide whether to:
- Decide if I want to do a Facebook author take over, author event, blog tour and blog event.
- Decide if I want to do a Facebook advert, a Goodreads advert, Amazon Advert.
Will you help by commenting below some advice? and sign up to help launch the book? Here’s the form: http://goo.gl/forms/V1nUOByWE9
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The Recovery of Catherine Brodie – Book Two of the Catherine Brodie Chronicles
“…’Do you love me yet?’ Alex said, hoping the answer was yes…”
The Recovery of Catherine Brodie starts four years after Erin’s confrontation in the cellar of Green’s. Alexander Devlin wants his band to perform at Green’s and writes a begging email. Erin relents and says yes, even though it goes against all her rules.
Erin continues to put her past behind her, but like every bad penny, they always turn up.
Erin Brodie has made a success of her music venue and it’s the most sought after place in the country for non-signed artists to perform. Alexander Devlin is the guitarist from the rock band Fragile, they are at the top of their game and are just about to release their final album.
Erin drops her guard and so her courtship with Alex begins, but it comes at a price. Erin has enemies and, this time, they have upped their game. This time, her life is in jeopardy and it takes all of her friends to race to find her.
This time, they might just be too late…