I had an amazing time! I saw a huge number of people that I hadn’t seen in years, some in 20 or more! Even a cousin that had to tell me who he was. I got to meet a lot of new people and tell even more about my books.
I was able to get my books into two new libraries! So if you live in the Clifton area or in Graham County, go in and ask for them, they should be available in both systems by now. I also hope to be able to schedule an event at the Safford Library in the future (when is going to depend on coordinating my schedule and theirs.)
It was a great trip and one I hope to do again next year. I’m also looking at the possibility of finding someone to share the booth with me and being able to go to the Graham County Fair next year.
One of the things every fledgling author is told is your cover has to sell your book. Make your cover say something about your book… Does your cover say Romance? or Paranormal Romance? and honestly? It’s not bad advice. Really. In all honesty, 90% of the time, a cover sells a book. I admit, I almost never NEVER read a blurb. Once in a while, if I’m really torn, I do, but not all that often.
On the other hand.. I have certain authors that I always read their books. Authors I grew up reading… I’ve gotten a little behind in recent years but eventually, no matter what the cover is, I read the book. In that list is Jude Deveraux, Catherine Coulter, Elizabeth Lowell, Julie Garwood, Johanna Lindsey, (btw, I almost named kid 3 Johanna…) Dean Koontz, and until she passed away, Anne McCaffrey.
Yes, I know Dean Koontz and Anne McCaffrey are the odd men out there, oddly enough, they’re the ones I’ve been reading the longest…
Have you seen any of their covers recently? The best word that comes to mind is ABSTRACT. The covers have no models… Catherine Coulter’s Sherlock and Savich have never been given faces. Almost paranormal abilities? Sure. Faces? Never!
This is a goal of mine… to hit a best sellers list (as most of these authors do with nearly every release) with even the most abstract (even ghostly or smoky image on the cover…) To have people willing to drop $10 or more on a story just because my name is on it. When I was growing up, this was amazing…
Now, 20 years later, it still is.
I managed to farm out 2 of my remaining kids (my niece is visiting her sister) for the next week and all I’m left with is the one that drives. This frees me up for a lot of work time. I can send her to the store and make her do most of my shopping.
The other plus side is, I don’t have to leave the house in the extreme heat we’re having! YAY! I am getting a bit of work done, not as much as I managed in Vegas but a good deal.
I’m seriously considering doing Camp NaNo next month so I can finish this draft. I’m getting there, I’m roughly 3/4 finished… and I’d love to get it done by the time the niece gets home mid-July. Yes, I have something else in the works for once this gets done!
and though I hate having to admit it, I lost this time around. Between races, graduation stuff, a new part time job and the stomach bug from hell, I didn’t manage to make my goal. On the plus side, I did manage to add more than 14k words to my story. And Prom is done… Now we have the Senior Trip coming up, then, in less than a month, she graduates. (someone, hold me, please!)
Deep breath and move on. I’ll manage and keep writing too.
It seems like April has just flown past. So far, I’ve done pretty well with Camp NaNo. II;’ve not yet written anything today so I’m that far behind, but that’s all! I’ve also been getting things ready for my daughter’s prom this week and the rest of my families crazy schedule. I’m beyond tired but it’s back to the grind for me, and I’ve got to get some more writing in.
What’s going on with you this week?
We got the results today for one of the two tests that kid 1 has to pass in order to graduate. She passed. This was the one we were worried about. She had been in the course since August, but finished the last 30% over spring break. The other test is a course she did last year and has been studying since August, just waiting for the test to be available, she and I are both confident she’ll pass that one. So we continue with the prep for the last minute graduation.
In other news, my new job seems to be going well, there has been a learning curve but it’s starting to take less time and I love that I’m able to work it around what’s going on my life.
Camp NaNo? Well, I’m not behind. I’m not where I want to be but I am on target.
So much going on! I foresee lots of multi tasking in my future. I had to catch up with my friends and Facebook this morning while I ate, even now I’m writing this while soaking my sore legs and feet in hot water to help the soreness.
On the plus side though, Camp NaNo is going well, I’m not as ahead as I would like to be, but I’m not behind either. Things are cruising along for my soon to be graduate. The shoes she ordered for prom fit, and look as great as she hoped, her jewelry will be here in a couple days, all is good.
I have just one request though, can I get more hours in the day to get it all done?
Tomorrow is the start of Camp NaNo, and yes, I plan on participating. I’ve not yet set my goal, but I’m going to add to the book I worked on in November. I love the flexibility of camp. The ability to work on an already started project, to edit and rewrite instead of write, to go for short stories, and the ability to set your own goal really work for me.
In other news, I’m working on getting ready for Romance Novel Convention and my trip to Vegas in June. I’m also teaching a class on how to publish eBooks at one of our local libraries next month. Have I mentioned that last week Kid 1, who is 16, decided she was going to graduate high school in May? (We knew she would be eligible to graduate but the plan had been to stay in HS and use the dual enrollment to get a discount at the community college. Other things have come up that changed that.) I’m working on getting all the normal stuff you do all of senior year to get ready for graduation, in two months. Oh, have I also started a new part time job this week, and it’s spring break.
Busy? That’s an understatement.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in my house. I’ve got yet another cold, though I’m on the recovery side of it now. I’ve been making weekly trips to the racetrack in Tucson (3hrs away) for the last 5 weeks for racing (I’m a Paramutual teller, that means I sell the bets) and I have one week left. I am working on the edits for Risking Alex so I can get it out to my ARC readers, and that’s on top of kids, food, house, etc. that has to happen daily. I have more going on but a girl needs to have a few secrets….. What are you all up to?
are behind us. While we didn’t do anything really elaborate, we were busy. There was a stretch of several days that I didn’t get any where near enough sleep to suit me. From making tamales with the family until after 2am, then getting up the next morning to open gifts. I cooked for only 9 this year, but it went well. The day after Christmas we had a wedding and stayed out till nearly midnight only to get up before 5 to go spend time with my mom, sister and her kids.
It was a blast and totally worth it but it left me exhausted. I’ve thought about my story but haven’t had time to open it up or do any work in days. The old man has to work on New Years, so our celebrations will be laid back probably a movie marathon. (I’m thinking maybe the Jurassic Park movies, including Jurassic World!)
How was your Christmas? And what are you planning for New Year Eve?