Geez, where to even start? Things are flying everywhere today and I’m not sure where to start. Just look at how late this post is coming and how I’m not even scheduling it. I wanted to finish a beta-reading project and send that off first. Things got shaky this morning with getting some stuff set up for Ritual of the Lost Lamb. I’ll mention that one:
Ritual of the Lost Lamb will go LIVE on Thursday, May 11th!
I’ve got everything, but I’m finishing up an editing run to be safe. Not to mention Sunday and Monday have events that made publishing this weekend impossible. At least with next Thursday, I get take a little more time to fine tune a few spots and prep some interviews that can go out that morning. Promoting is going to be a slight headache this time around only because many of the big sites appear to be booked solid for the next for months. So, this book might be getting less exposure than the previous ones. Fingers crossed as usual.
Speaking of promotions, I’m still trying to decide on what I’ll do with The Life & Times of Ichabod Brooks. How much money do I put to it? With there not being much time between it and the Windemere book, I don’t know if I can toss a lot at this one. Yet, I feel like I have to do something for it. Then again, I might be able to do a lot with only $200 put towards it. It’s going to be rough since it will be starting up soon after the Windemere push finishes. Poor Ichabod. He’s practically sandwiched between Ritual of the Lost Lamb and Path of the Traitors. Guy can’t catch a break, but I got good feedback for the stories. Enough that I’m strongly considering doing another collection when things settle in the project department. I mean, I had 10-12 stories that didn’t make the cut this time too.
In other news, Protecting Bedlam was completed Wednesday afternoon. Getting a little nervous about this one because of the high emotions I keep seeing in politics. Even with a bunch of the changes, I’m afraid people might just start flipping out. This is going to be a long project too. Sunday/Tuesday/Thursday from June to September, but maybe it will help the published books sell. Don’t really have much else to lose on this one. I don’t have any pictures for this too, which is an issue. No point in getting a cover for a book that’s blog only and won’t bring in money. Might just forget that and depend on have the other covers on the bottom of each section with sales links. Another aside, this is a full book as well, so the sections won’t be small. I did as much chopping as I could, but some scenes required 5-7 pages with no smooth slash part.
Well, I’ve touched on all the projects. Life in general has been crazy-ish. My son has a school project that we’re finishing up today. All he has left is the part that mommy is in charge of, so I can get to those interviews/guest posts. A Friday storm prevented me from getting my pizza reward. Can’t remember the last time I got to it and next week might be out because I need every minute I can get. That and I’m making pizza muffins at some point. Repetition feels wrong to me when it comes to this reward.
One thing I wanted to talk about for a paragraph is lurking. This is coming out of left field, but it’s becoming a pet peeve. There are people who have asked me to speak more about my life on the blog and others who complain that I sometimes write vague allusions to what’s going on. Well, lurkers are the problem. This paragraph alone will bring some headaches, but here we go. You see, there are people who look at my blog and Facebook page without commenting in public. Instead, they email, message, or physically talk to me about these things, which gets awkward. It also makes me paranoid. Anybody else deal with this at times? I know these things are public, but getting into a real-life chat over a post can be a headache because it never happens when you’re ready for it.
Anyway, weekly goals:
- Finish editing Legends of Windemere: Ritual of the Lost Lamb.
- Publish Ritual of the Lost Lamb by Thursday morning.
- Dentist on Monday. Dang it.
- Work on guest posts and interviews now to make promo set up easier. Thing I have 6 of those on the docket.
- Figure out if I requested Soul Eater 23. Got 21-22 and 24-25, but not 23. Did I goof?
- Mention something fun about the new cover at the end of this post:
So, Jason mentioned that the new cover is connected to the first one. I’m going to post a side-by-side for everyone to see. Feel free to say what you think: