September Newsletter: Cover Reveal, Publishing behind the scenes, Arc Read Request

It’s September and I’m in denial that summer is over. However, I am excited about next month’s release of my first Paranormal World novella, Mystic Realms! Also I’m starting a new section of the newsletter on my journey with independent publishing, as I’ve gotten a few questions about that before.

Cover Reveal and ARC request!

So excited for Mystic Realms, A Paranormal World Novella. This time the story focuses on Lisa Xu and what happened during the time of Mystic Journeys. Where did Lisa go for months and what happened back in town after Amina and Phillip were banished? This book answers those questions, tells us more about the “big bad” that’s coming to the Six, and introduces some interesting new characters.

This cover is still being finalized but here is an advanced look!

Here’s a summary:

Lisa Xu was just on the cusp of becoming a major style influencer when the supernatural apocalypse came and changed her life forever. Becoming a fairy and learning she’s a part of a special Six meant to save the world is so not what she signed up for. After losing yet another loved one to the chaos of the new world, Lisa takes an offer from an old friend to finally visit the Fae Realm as an escape. However, there is more to this land than the marbled streets and sprinkled treats she was anticipating. Now Lisa must fight off a dark presence on her trail and make a decision that could devastate her life and those she left behind in the Human Realm. Top that off with a handsome Elven King out to woo her for sinister reasons and Lisa’s dream vacation has become more of a nightmare. This hairdresser from Jersey is so not cut out for this new world but she’s going to have to step up if she plans to survive.

If you’d like an advanced copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review on Amazon and Goodreads by the late October release please contact me by October 4th.

Publishing 101

I wish I could say I have all the answers but I’m still learning. I’m better off now than when I published by very first book, however. There was so much I didn’t know and indie publishing wasn’t as popular then. Now, it’s become a field where many books have taken off and the quality has increased to challenge traditional publishing.

However, there are still so many things to think about. There’s editing, formatting, social media, marketing/advertising, book covers, budgeting, planning, distribution, imprints, giveaways… The list could go on! This month let’s talk planning.

Planning

Months before you even think about publishing your book set out the plan. Plan a writing schedule, plan how many times a week you can cater to your branding and social media scheduling. Out of the seven days a week, I only rest on Fridays when it comes to writing related activity (with some exceptions because…life). Even if all I can devote is an hour to the business/craft.

Some people might have certain days they devote to writing and certain days they devote to marketing/branding activities. Some break it up by time. For example, one hour to marketing, two hours to writing each day. I tend to have certain days when I do certain things. This keeps me from feeling overwhelmed.

Whether you are a traditionally published writer or an indie writer, you must market and build your brand. You are running a business, not just sitting in front of a computer creating. I wish it were that simple. Le, sigh.

Therefore, having a plan helps to keep you on track and accountable. Once you’ve made your schedule ensure that you are using that time wisely. The writing time is easy, the other stuff must be more structured. On those non-writing days I follow a checklist. Your checklist should include most of the following and have dates associated with them:

  • getting a cover artist
  • time for beta readers
  • editing
  • proofreading (yes, editing is not the same as proofreading)
  • formating (for ebook, paperback, audio)
  • updating your website
  • updating your goodreads/amazon etc. author websites
  • preparing pre-orders or giveaways/swag
  • writing your blog/newsletter
  • advertising (including making your ads in creative ways and monitoring sales) on Facebook/Amazon
  • reading up on marketing, publishing, branding
  • maintaining and growing a social media presence (including networking and supporting other authors)
  • entering contests, book fairs/festivals, signings, sending queries out to reviewers/publishers/agents
  • developing your book ( having your own imprint, doing acknowledgements, bios, calls to actions, picking a distributor)
  • time for ARC readers

Whew, that’s a lot, right? And I’m sure I’m missing something or over simplifying it as some bullets can have bullets within themselves. However having a list, with dates and in some cases, budgets is a necessity. Know how long things will take for each stage.

Regardless of how fast you can get your book out, the key is always planning ahead and diligently sticking to a schedule that fits your life.

Hope this helps. Till next time and as always, if you’ve read my books I am always appreciative of a review on Amazon. I read them and they help me grow as a writer and know my audience better. Thanks!

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