Friday, July 12, 2013

Release Date

I finally have a release date for The Last Daughter. All I can say is ... don't hold your breath! I don't want any followers passing out on me. The date is December 4th. Seems like a mighty long time to me, but it could work to my advantage. I can order some promo goodies for conferences. Is that done for ebooks? I'm totally uneducated when it comes to promoting my own work--and the manner in which it should be done. I hate watching the time and the calendar, scheduling blog tours and hops and give-aways, etc. {{sigh}}  All and any advice will be appreciated.

I do have some good news. I've signed a contract with a small press for a Christmas story. The theme is The Twelve Days of Christmas. My story will take place on December 15th--the tenth day before Christmas. Now don't get confused; that means, my hero and heroine will be living their lives on December 15th and their entire story will take place on that day.

My deadline is September 1st.
My release date is October 1st.

Whirlwind, right? I'm choosing photos for the cover and I don't even have a title yet! Or a completed story! Okay... not much more than a germ of an idea.

How do best selling authors with multiple deadlines do this?

The fun thing is that my Christmas story (about 9,000 words) will be released as a single ebook along with eleven others. And then ... and then ... we'll all be combined into a print book, an anthology. I guess what I'm most excited about is having my name on the cover of a book with multi-award winning writer Kathi Macias. Kathi has authored more than 40 books including those she ghosted.

Whatever made me think I could finish my novel before moving on the 27th? I seem to be running in place--ever so slowly adding to the word count. Seems I'm doing more cutting and editing than actual writing.

Tuesday is another long writing day at the library. I know I'll accomplish something there. Wish me luck, keep fingers crossed for me and/or send prayers. And offer any advice you think I need. My eyes and ears are open!



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

One is coming up fast! December is not that far away. You will need that time to plan, set up a tour, and stuff like that.

Jan Newman said...

Congratulations!!! That's great. You're doing all the good since you moved to OK and started concentrating on writing. But I still SO look forward to having you back home in LC. My advice is "Breathe."

Lexa Cain said...

Well, at least you know what you'll be doing for the next few months! lol

Congrats on all the good news. I bet your Christmas story will be great! Good luck coming up with promotion ideas for your book. It can be a bit daunting, but I'm sure you'll find people to help. :-)

Charles Gramlich said...

Cool news all around! Things are starting to click!

Mark Koopmans said...

I agree with Charles: Good news all around :)

Plus, December will be here in a *heartbeat* so enjoy all this fabulous downtime :)