She sighed deeply as she wrote the title of her blog post.
I thought it would be fun to start off with a little writer humor. Itâ€™s been a long writing year for me, so Iâ€™ll try and keep it short.
This is the eleven month of my 12 TITLES IN 12 MONTHS challenge. If youâ€™ve been following me, you know I started the year with this idea that I would write and publish a title a month for a year. Mainly to see if I could do it. Which I could. I say could because technically, I completed the challenge last month.
However, I feel a little dishonest in claiming a booklet I wrote for my other business as part of the challenge. Yes, I wrote it, and true I didnâ€™t say all the titles had to be fiction, but for me, I want to stay true to the genre.
So hereâ€™s this months update.
I barely got last monthâ€™s title out, which had me a lot nervous. When I received my comments from my beta readers, I noticed some things I wanted to tweak and did another round of edits and sent the file to my editor. However, my computer decided it was full or a little tired. For whatever reason, every time I went in to accept or reject on of the edits, it would take approximately 6 seconds. I know this because I timed it. I contacted Apple, and the prognosis was, â€œYou need more ram.â€ What the crap! I was about a week from my deadline. But before my call to Apple, I tried a little self-medicating and did a software update, which took up a lot of time that I didnâ€™t have.
I was very nervous, and as a result, I failed to launch the title as I wanted. I did get the file loaded before the end of the month, put up a Facebook ad, sent out an email to my mailing list and a couple of blog posts. Iâ€™m disappointed I didnâ€™t get to do any other ads, but I heard Joanna Penn say, â€œItâ€™s s marathon, not a sprint and donâ€™t worry about a huge launch.â€ I like that because that will give me more time to acquire some reviews and hopefully book some ads in time for the holiday buying season.
Book Number 11 in its original form, was the second book Iâ€™d written. However, the finished book barely resembles the original book. I kept the original copy and have to admit, that book was in no way ready to be share with anyone. Iâ€™m surprised the beta readers didnâ€™t laugh at me. After a lot of revisions, a new cover, and a second round of beta reading, I had a book I liked. More importantly, I had a book I felt comfortable sharing.
Funny thing, when I changed book one, the characters and story lines became a little more sophisticated. Therefore, the original cover didnâ€™t work, neither did the second book. Nor the third which Iâ€™m not going to look at until sometime next year. Chalk all of this up as a costly lesson learned as a new indie author.
Thank God for the email loop. Elena Dillion put up a post about a subscription special at DepositPhotos.com. I jumped on it, and I found the image for WHAT MY FRIENDS NEED TO KNOW. I found the image for WHAT MY FRIENDS DONâ€™T KNOW at Masterfile. Ironically, it was also available at DepositPhotos.com, but Iâ€™d purchased that image several months prior to getting my Deposit Photos subscription.
Note the cover changes. What a difference a few revisions and growth can make.
And what about that booklet for my lingerie business? Hereâ€™s the cover. I find interesting that the two smallest books I wrote this year were also two of the most challenging. I completed my lingerie book at the beginning of the year but had to do a major re-write at the urging of some business associates. I value their input because it made me write a better book.
And the book that technically claims the 12th Title Prize is my November release is A SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN. This book started as a novella featuring characters that were mentioned in WHAT MY FRIENDS NEED TO KNOW. While I was at RWA National, I learned about â€œguest stars,â€ characters from a book you spin off into their own story. When I heard that, it stuck with me. I went back to my room buzzing about who I could â€œspin off.â€ I decided to spin Avery and Jeremiah into their own novellaâ€¦I thought.
I was going for a short novella, approximately 20,000 words, but the story kept going and ended up being 45,000+ words. The story also gave me an idea for a series. I really like where this series is going. But like The Alex Chronicles covers, I did a slight cover modification. I like the sepia tone, but the other morning, the cover started to not feel right. I spent the day, literally, looking for and making up a new cover. Only to come back to the original cover with a little tweaking. I like it a lot better.
Original Cover Final Cover
That only leaves one title, the official #12. Iâ€™ll let you in on a secret. I donâ€™t know what it is, but I will before the end of December.