Write Some, Market Some, Repeat

I used to think that once I wrote a book, the hard part was done.  If you’re an author, you’re probably laughing as you read that sentence; I’ll give you a moment to recover…

Sure, writing is time-consuming, emotional, and fraught with perilous eyestrain–although at least papercuts are less of an issue these days, thanks to the modern age of computers–but as far as the whole publishing process goes, it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Nowadays, of course, there’s all sorts of stuff you’re supposed to do with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and maybe even eHarmony, I don’t know…), and that eats up a lot of time–especially if you get distracted by a certain Grumpy Cat (HE’S JUST SO CUTE!).  And in between bouts of social networking, writers are also supposed to be, you know, writing.

Plus if you’re venturing into self-publishing, there’s also the tiny matter of learning the technical aspects of the ebook business such as cover art design, proper formatting for manuscript submission to online distributors (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.), and determining pricing strategies that find a happy medium between pricing your book at “dirt cheap” and “who does that writer think she is, Kafka?”

Needless to say, I twitch a lot more now than I used to.

So I’m busy, busy, busy, but at least it’s a good kind of busy.  I’ve formatted the 1st of my Heavenly Bites novellas for Amazon and Barnes & Noble (hopefully correctly–release day will be a nail-biter), am nearly done with the 2nd novella, and am chomping at the bit to get to novella #3.  I’ve contacted 139 bloggers and/or reviewers, which I feel pretty good about until I remember advice in a self-publishing guide that advocates contacting 500; then I just sort of wheeze and fall over.

I’ve gotten a couple of reviews back on novella #1, Pastels and Jingle Bells; they liked it! Yippee!  Here’s hoping that trend continues.  If you’d like to check out these advance reviews, you can click on these links to read them at Goodreads and at Romance Reviews Magazine.

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Okay, off to work on that happy ending for novella #2…

Cover Art: A Matched Set

I am now the proud owner of TWO book covers thanks to Elaina Lee at For The Muse Design.  Woo hoo!

It’s amazing all the little things that go into cover art that can stress you out.  Fonts, for example.  Do you have any idea how stressful title fonts can be?  And that’s just narrowing down the style–don’t get me started on choosing the size

But now I have these two covers for the first two novellas in my Heavenly Bites series, and I like them.  I like them a lot.  We are going to live happily ever after, these covers and I.

Well, I hope.

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So?  What do you think?

Cover Reveal

Ta da!  Here’s the book cover for the first of my three Heavenly Bites Novellas, Pastels and Jingle Bells:

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And of course the official book blurb is now under the “Books” section of my website, along with the blurbs for the other two novellas.

Pastels and Jingle Bells is also up on Goodreads now, see?  Check out this link here, and please do consider adding it to your to-be-read list!  🙂