#TeamSteele

#TeamSteele

Are you excited for the release of Last Look Back! Well, don’t keep it to yourself, tell the world!

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Share promo storm posts with your friends. Tell everyone how amazing this book will be. Use the hashtag #TeamSteele  in your posts, so I can see them and everyone will know which team is the best. Until November 14th, I want us to take over social media. I want to us to flood everyone’s timelines and newsfeeds. I’ll definitely need everyone’s help if this is going to be happen. Thank you in advance for your help. I hope you all know how important you all are to me and how great it is to have people that care about me and support my dream. I love you all!

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

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Announcement Time!!!

I decided to make Last Look Back available for pre-order!!!

Why pre-order?

  • You’ll get the book the day of the launch. Disclaimer: I will try to get the book to you as close to the launch as possible, but if it doesn’t get there in time, please be patient.
  • Pre-ordered copies will be signed by yours truly and I will try to do a heartfelt message as well for as many books as I can.

Click that picture to the right, you know you want to. Your support is greatly appreciated 🙂

 

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MyCam Update Week 1

MyCam Update Week 1

I share a lot in this update video, so I figure it’s only right to summarize.

  1.  I’ve got a new office.
  2.  Formatting of the ebook was harder than expected, but I got it done, thankfully.
  3.  Free ISBN freak-out. I was on lulu.com completing the process for uploading the book and got to the step where I was given my free ISBN. It really hit me then that this is actually happening and my dream is coming to fruition.
  4.  “Choose the Cover” where everyone will get the chance to vote on the cover that I will use for my book is still open. The poll can be found here: https://mayasp8.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/choose-the-cover/
    Voting closes October 9, 2014.
  5.  Be following on instagram @luv2rite1922 to be the first person to see the cover. Cover Reveal October 10, 2014.
  6. The prices for the book are as follows: Paperback- $9.99; Ebook: $2.99. All sales are final and there will not be any refunds unless there is an extenuating circumstance which will need to be discussed with me before a refund is awarded.
  7.  There are 42 days left until November 14th and Last Look Back’s official release.
  8.  Should there be a pre-order? Let me know if you would like to order the book early.The book is ready, I just don’t know if I am, eek! I’ll have to work on it and you’ll know by the end of the weekend what I decide.
    There will be incentives for pre-order. Watch until the end of the video to find out. Psst, the incentives are at 10:48, if you just want to fast forward. I completely understand.
    Woo! That was a lot. As always, thank you all for watching. And thank you for your support, I love you guys.

From the #1 Rule-breaker,
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This is Actually Happening

This is Actually Happening

Yesterday, I was looking at the cover design my sister created for Last Look Back. (She’s awesome by the way, check out her blog thejunoesque.com for more of her designs.) I’m looking at the cover and I’m like this is actually happening. In less than two months, I am releasing my first book. THIS IS HAPPENING!!! I always like to update you all with my feelings especially with my writing journey and the book coming out very soon. With these posts, I try to find a picture that fully encompasses my current feelings, but I just couldn’t find one that said everything that I was going through. So, today we’re going to shake things up a little and I’m going to tell you all how I’m currently feeling through the use of gifs. If you happen to not know what gifs are, they’re moving pictures and they will show you the exact range of emotions that come with a Book Launch.

And now…

I look at the calendar and see that November 14th will be here very quickly.

excited-anna

 

I hide waiting for the reactions.

hide

 

If they like it…

happy

 

If they hate it…

sad

 

Or…

angry

 

Or…

angrysteve

 

But, it’s okay. Just Breathe. I did it.

ididit

 

This one’s over…

thisover

 

Crazy as it sounds, but I’ll probably do it again.

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Because writing novels is the best because I get to share my work with you.

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The End.

 

That’s my story. I hope you like it. Now, it’s announcements time:

September 22, 2014: “Choose the Cover” – I’m torn about which is the best Cover Design for the Last Look Back Cover, so I’m going to have you all vote which is the better cover. I won’t tell you which one I like the best until after voting. Voting ends October 9, 2014.

October 10, 2014: “Cover Reveal” – On my instagram @luv2rite1922, I will be revealing which design I’m picking. Be following me, to be one of the first to find out which cover it will be.

And finally…

From October 1, 2014 until the Book Launch, I will be doing a Promo Storm. What’s a Promo Storm, you may ask? It’s my version of creating buzz for my new book. For 40+ days, I will be posting about all things Last Look Back. I’ll be giving you all a behind the scenes look into a lot of the writing choices I’ve made and interesting things that have happened on  my writing journey. By November 14, you will know a lot more about Last Look Back than you probably would ever want to know. You’re welcome.

So, those are my announcements and gif story. I hope you all are getting excited. I can’t believe this is actually happening. 🙂

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

My

 

Glutton for Punishment: Writer’s Edition

Glutton for Punishment: Writer’s Edition

screwed up writer

This post is for my writer friends. I think that in some form or fashion, all writers are in a way gluttons for punishment. When you think about the nature of writing, you can really see that we are all just a little crazy. Think about it. Writers spend hours at a time by themselves creating imaginary worlds. Everyday we pick apart the worlds we create again and again. We spend sleepless nights trying to make the world perfect. We’re fighting against silence and distractions to make out creation just so. Then, we realize we don’t like it, delete the whole thing and start off fresh the next day. Glutton for punishment! .

Maybe glutton for punishment is not the right phrase, but it’s pretty close to how I’m feeling right now. Let me tell you. I’ve been spending 9 months (on the 10th month now) on my novel. As I waited for responses from agents, I began to question how great my novel really was.  That started making me question my ability as a writer and that is no good. I’ll get the details of the story all wrong if I try to retell it from start to finish, so the long and short of it is:

1. I didn’t want to wait for an agent to tell me if my book was good enough for them to publish.

2. I decided to self-publish my book, so I could pay more attention to my book and give it the attention it deserves.

3. I revisited my 296 page novel and realized it needed work. It was all over the place and could be so much better. And now that I was publishing it myself, I had to make sure it was the best.

4. I am now in the midst of overhauling my book in preparation for a Book Launch in November.

I must be insane or like I said, a glutton for punishment. Who finishes a book only to decide to change it after 10 months of working on it? Luckily, I found a way that I wouldn’t have rewrite the entire book, just select scenes, but still you have to admit this is pretty weird. Then, there’s the self-publishing which is not an easy feat, so I’ll be busy making sure I’ve taken care of all of that. And last but not least, there’s the promoting of the book, which may be the hardest thing for me. You know how I feel about my stories. They’re like my babies. And now I’m giving everyone in the entire world free reign to critique me and my work and say whatever they want.

Wow! So, now you know what I’m dealing with. These next couple of months are going to be pretty crazy. You want to hear the funny part? I am so excited. I am so ready. It’ll be hard, but I can’t wait.

Prepare yourselves! Consider this your official notice.

I will be releasing Last Look Back, my debut novel on November 14, 2014. You heard it here first. Mark your calendars now.

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

My

P.S. don’t you just love how I sneaked that news in there. Me, too. 😉 I’ll give you more details about the release soon.