Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I can say I see the issue from both sides since I'm self-publishing my first novella, Vampire Dreams, on June 10 and am being published by Siren for my novel, Stolen Destiny, on June 29. As far as I can tell, it's the same process for the author. I'm expected to do the lion's share of publicity for the book with the publisher, and I'm doing all the publicity for my indie book.
Thankfully, I didn't go into this thinking it was 1955 and publishers catered to authors. (Ok, settle down. Wipe the soda from your face and make sure it isn't still coming out of your nose. Did you get any on the screen?) I'm a hands-on kind of gal (do my own home improvement, home school my son), so this promotion work isn't anything I can't handle. It is, however, taking away time from the writing.
This week I finalized the edits for Vampire Dreams, which is set to release on June 10. I'm so excited about that! Coming in a little under 20,000 words, it's the first in a trilogy of erotic novellas set in Victorian England. It's the only one out of the three that's paranormal (the other two are straight up historical).
I also completed Love's Master, the second novella in the trilogy. Editing will begin in a week or so, but for now, I'm very pleased with this story. It's an historical, but with a twist: it involves BDSM (pretty light stuff, in truth, but yummy).
Finally, I began the last novella, as of yet untitled. I'm about eight pages into it, and I'm loving it already! Now you see why I'm wishing my time didn't have to be so devoted to promotion.
I'm so thankful for the bloggers and authors who have extended me a welcome to come to their blogs and talk about my books. Expect to see them here at my blog because I'm all about reciprocity--people helping one another can get a lot done.
So what's the final tally? Final edits done on Vampire Dreams. Ten pages done in Love's Master (about 2500 words). Seven pages completed in new novella (about 1750 words). Met my writing goal this week. :D And much hobnobbing with others on the promotional front.
For a look at how others in ROW 80 are doing, click HERE. Have a great day, and take the time to enjoy what you're doing. It makes a world of difference.
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