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.

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I hide waiting for the reactions.

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If they like it…

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If they hate it…

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Or…

angry

 

Or…

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

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This one’s over…

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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,

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Glutton for Punishment: Writer’s Edition

Glutton for Punishment: Writer’s Edition

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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.