Sunday, December 29, 2013

Count Down

December has been a busy, exciting month, and not only because of the lights and trees, gifts and treats, family and friends. My first novel, Running Secrets, has chugged along through editing and layout on track to meet the scheduled release date: January 7, 2014. 

The wonderful thing about Booktrope's team approach to publishing is the author's involvement in the step-by-step decisions and process of producing the book. For the past four months I've had the pleasure of working with four wonderful, talented women on Running Secrets.

Katrina M. Randall edited and re-edited the manuscript massaging it into a better read and Pamela Hobart Carter reviewed it with eagle eyes seeing mistakes only the best find.

At the same, Loretta Matson created a stellar cover design and calmly worked through my camera phobia to produce an author photo that even I am pleased with.

Behind the scenes, Tiffany White built a marketing plan. Step one was to create a website for my work. Because Running Secrets is the first book of The Alki Trilogy, she created a website for all three books. The first two chapters are now posted in the Peek Inside Running Secrets tab at the top of the page. I hope you enjoy a bit of a teaser!

The Amazon on-line launch date for those of you with e-readers is just a week away: January 7th!  I hope you enjoy reading the book as much as I enjoyed writing it. But even if you don't love the book, even if you're indifferent to the book, even if you think it's the worst book you've ever picked up, I still hope you'll write a quick little review and post it in all the customary spots (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads). Reviews are important. Quantity, I've been told, is what matters. So if you'd like to give a writer a hand, this writer or any writer - write a review.

And finally, an invitation to a Seattle launch party and reading will be posted soon. Promise.

1 comment:

Mindy Halleck said...

Of course I'll give a review when it comes out. So happy for you and this whole process sounds wonderful. Congrats.