Bloodbonded goes live one week from today.
I had plans for promotion and marketing–I really did! But as usual, life happened, and rather than spend the last couple of weeks promoting, I’ve spent it transporting children and managing a home. This stay-at-home mom thing is not for the faint-hearted.
So no, there hasn’t been a ton of promotion. And I’m kind of okay with that. Really, I’m kind of at a point in this writing thing where I see it as my responsibility to put the work out there and just leave it. I can’t make people buy it, after all. The writer’s job is to write. The rest will happen or it won’t. I’ll just keep writing.
I’m encouraged by the six pre-orders on Amazon. I might even be able to buy TWO lattes with the royalties from this book. I’m also encouraged by a few kind reviews and ratings. It’s nice to hear that people are enjoying the book so far.
I’m also surprised by my relative lack of publishing remorse (so far). I have had random thoughts about certain passages of the book (“oh, I should have done that this way” or “I could have really beefed up that one description”), but so far, nothing that makes me want to just delete the whole dang thing and start over. That may change once someone gives me a negative review, but for now, it’s nice to not have a dumpster load of angst over something I wrote for once.
So that’s where we are one week out. It’s not particularly earth-shattering news. I am mostly just assuring you all that I’m still here, I’m aware of the date, and so far, I’m not yanking Bloodbonded from the Internet and running away to hide in a closet.
I make no promises concerning potential behavior next Friday.
Okay, I really mean it this time.
My artist friend delivered the last map last weekend. I finished my listen-through this morning. I made a feeble attempt at formatting a Table of Contents this afternoon. I ran it through Calibre to generate various e-book files, and I sent it off to the pre-readers about twenty minutes ago.
As in DONE done.
I’m giving my pre-readers a few weeks to read and write reviews, and I’ll upload the final version so that it’s live on July 1.
In addition, I’ll be promoting and hyping this book over the next three weeks whenever I have time, so if you feel inclined, I’d love your help with shares and retweets.
Finally, in conjunction with the release of Bloodbonded, Ravenmarked will be 99 cents for the first several days of July. I haven’t decided exactly how long, but I’ll publicize that closer to July 1 as well.
This summer promises to be ridiculously busy, as usual, but I’m going to try to promote these two books as much as possible. As for writing, however… I’m going to take a little break from Taura. I need a vacation. My brain is so weary of this world that I’m going to take a little break from Taura and edit the first book of the dragon western series I wrote a few years ago. The book has been patiently sitting on my hard drive, along with a few random worldbuilding notes and half of a sequel. I just need a little palate cleansing from all the effort of getting Bloodbonded done, and I think the world of Hawthorn Hills is just the place to take a vacation. I’ll get back to the next book in The Taurin Chronicles in the fall.
For now, for tonight, I’m going to have a glass of wine and bask in the glory of an actual honest-to-goodness finished book.
What’s that saying? “If you want God to laugh, make plans”?
I’m going to have to delay the release of Bloodbonded. I promise you all that I’ve been working on it—I really have! But the end of the school year usually brings with it a lot of demands on my time, and I think I underestimated how much time I’d have this month to really devote to finishing it up. In addition, a couple of my beta readers aren’t quite done with the last read-through, and my artist is still working on one of the maps, and I don’t want to publish without those final pieces complete.
There is some good news, though:
35 days to launch…
It’s terrifying. I don’t say that lightly. I mean it’s literally heart-pounding, anxiety-provoking, terror-inducing. I don’t know how I’ve managed to get this far, and the only reason I keep moving forward is because of this weird compulsion to publish. Somehow, the work just isn’t complete until it’s “out there,” and I have to get it out there, out of my head, off my back.
Hello, threes of fans.
I apologize for my absence. I am pretty sure I spend as much time apologizing for my absence as I do actually blogging. I don’t even know how this much time goes by. I’ll blog, get busy with parenting, projects, kids, scouts, whatever, look up and go, “oh hey, I have a blog,” and six weeks or more have passed.
I did it.
I finished Bloodbonded.
Well, not “finished.” I will have a few more folks read through it one more time before I publish it, just to make sure that the last changes I made make sense and find any weird mistakes, inconsistencies, typos, extra blank lines, etc. And there are a few peripherals that need to be done–a character index, an appendix, a revised bio, some maps. But those are small things, really. The good news is…
Bloodbonded is basically DONE.
I don’t know where to begin.
It’s been a busy month. Let’s start with that. I logged in here to clean up spam and realized it’s been over a month since I posted anything. What have I done with myself in that time? Well, I have not been writing, that’s clear. I’m no further on my edits for Bloodbonded than I was on January 19. I have, however, been very busy with my American Heritage Girls troop–planning, coordinating, meeting, and dealing with all the minutiae. And I’ve been busy with kids. There’s always that.
But not writing.
That’s the opening page of Bloodbonded. It’s open. For reals. I got enough feedback from betas that I feel like I can move forward with this next edit.
That moment you think you have six months left in your demanding volunteer job, but then realize it’s only five months:
Pretty sure Schroeder and Lucy represent the folks in my troop who want me to change my mind.
Overall, really, everyone has been super about my decision. They get it. And I’ve been in this job for three years and on the governing board of my troop for a total of five years. It’s time for a break.
Of course, I think people want me to change my mind, but not this time (I’ve done it before). This is a good time for me to step down. The troop is stable, we have a great charter organization, we have an active and involved parent group, and the girls are thriving. I’m leaving at a high point.
In any case, June 7 is my last day in this job. I’m nearly giddy. I know summer will be its normal, frantic self, so I don’t know how much writing will get done then. But I do know that some will get done next fall.