Book Promotion, Publishing

Release Weekend Updates

Good morning, everyone! Sorry I’ve been so out of touch lately, but I have a good reason for it. Burner was released on April 14th at Indiana Comic Con and online. While our online sales have been rather lackluster, we had a phenomenal weekend at ICC. Our Kickstarter also finished on April 17th and was 125% funded. I’ll go over both of those things in this post, but if you don’t feel like reading about it, I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who’s supported me so far. Much love to you all!

If you’d like all the nitty-gritty details of the convention, then click the read more, and let’s go.

Book Promotion

Kickstarter and General Updates

Good morning, readers! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, I have to admit. We’ve got print materials (including business cards with a typo, doh), the Kickstarter for Burner has started pretty strongly, and we’re receiving our paperback proof this week. I’ve got a digital proof to okay for the hardback, and then we’ll get a proof ordered, and then the main order placed once that’s okayed. Like I said, it’s been busy.

My first appearance for the book will be April 14th-16th at Indiana Comic Con. You’ll be able to find me at tables 1109/1208 with Indy PopCon. We’ll have copies of Burner for sale along with bookmarks and (potentially) art.

We’ve also got a giveaway going right now. If you fill out this survey about the first chapter of Burner, you can win a $25 gift certificate. It only takes a few minutes to fill out, so take the time and win some easy cash!

Alright, back to work. I’m hoping I can get a decent post out soon, though it may have to wait for all of this to slow down a bit. I hope you’re all good, and that you’re enjoying the lovely weather that Spring is bringing with it. Talk to you soon!

Personal

Quick (and late!) Update

Hey guys! Things are really taking off right now. We’re getting Burner off to the printer tomorrow to get a proof copy before ordering our first round of paperbacks. I’m also making my final changes to the manuscript, as well as getting other print materials together. I’ll be making an announcement about our publication date soon, along with making the digital copy available for pre-order on Amazon.

As such, I’ve gotten COMPLETELY bogged down with work. I’m afraid regular posts are probably going to stop for a bit while I keep chugging along with publication and the marketing that goes with it. If anyone wants to find out what I’m doing, you’re welcome to find me on Twitter. DMs are open, so feel free to message me if you don’t want to tweet at me instead.

Thanks for your patience! We’re getting close to the end with Burner!

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Prepping for Publication

Well, we’re getting closer to a publication date with Burner. I’m thinking it’ll be sometime in March or April, depending on what happens with the Kickstarter preparation. I decided to prep my own manuscript for print and digital, rather than paying someone to do it, and MAN, do I understand why people pay for that service. I’m thankful that I have my background in graphic design because it made it a lot easier to get everything looking decent. It was still a pretty intense process, though. My eyes were burning by the end of it. Still, the print version is about 99% done (I’m waiting on two art pieces), and the digital version won’t take much longer to be finalized.

It’s nice to be getting closer to the end point. 🙂

My husband is out of town this weekend, which means heavy-duty parenting. I’ll try to get a more lengthy/weighty post out on Monday, when he’s home.

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Riding the Struggle Bus to Sleep Town

I’m having another one of those weeks where finding balance and time to get writing done is a struggle. My husband has spent most of this month out of town for work, which means that I’ve been single-parenting the majority of February. And honestly? I don’t understand how people do this and find time for themselves. I haven’t been able to sit down and get to writing until 9:30-10pm every night this week, which is incredibly rough when you have to be up early to get a kid off to school. Hubby’s not back until Tuesday, either, so it’s going to be another three days until I’ll be able to get any time to myself. Thankfully, my daughter enjoys sleeping in, so I’ll be able to catch a couple extra z’s tomorrow morning, but I’m already exhausted, and I know the end is not as close as I’d like it to be.

The only silver lining for the whole thing, though, is that my daughter and I have been able to spend a lot of quality time together. I am so surprised at how quickly she’s grown up, and it’s a lot of fun to see her becoming more and more of a person. I’m glad I’m able to find at least some balance between the work and my time with her, even though the work tends to lose more often than it wins.

Anyway, since this is a rather stressful week and I don’t have much that I want to talk about, I’m going to just let this be a personal post, rather than an informational one. I’ll try to pick an interesting topic for Monday, and in the meantime, I’ll see you on Sunday for our weekly update.