It’s time!

 

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Today is the day. Innocent Labor is being released out into the world and I can finally stop losing my mind.

Yeah, right. Let the insanity begin!

Now it’s time to set up book blog tours and get ready for my book launch party. I’ve bought the postcards, stickers, swag to give away, fliers, and a couple tote bags.

Okay, I might have gone a little crazy. But it’s all for a reason and I call that reason marketing. There are some who might disagree. You don’t need all of that. Blah, blah, blah.

When someone has a baby or buys a new car, do they stop and think “Perhaps I shouldn’t go overboard?”

Hell, no they don’t. Innocent Labor is my baby. As many writers have done before me, I’ve put my heart and soul into it. I want my pictures, mementos, and goofy crap that doesn’t have any meaning to anyone else but me.

winking kitty!!! look at its tongue!!

Winking Kitty

I’m at peace with it. I can act like an adult on the next one.

The Final Read Through

And now to the next step. The final read through before sending it to the publisher for publication. Once I hit send, there’s no going back.

“Dear God, please let everything be okay…”

Labyrinth Goblins Black T Shirt. La mia recensione @ http://postmodemplan.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/labyrinth-dove-tutto-e-possibile-da-flop-a-stracult/

Labyrinth Goblins

No such luck. I found errors I swear hadn’t been there before. Missing words, stuff switched around in a sentence, sections that made me question WTH was I thinking.

At this point, Goblins are dancing around my head. Pointing and prodding at my every insecurity, their shrieks and maniacal laughter taunting me at every turn.

It’s devastating because I had my book professional edited, multiple times. But, like my publisher said everyone is human and mistakes happen. How many times have you read a book from a well-known author and caught an error? Things can get past even the most discerning eye.

Yoga girl in meditation pose, digital PNG clip art (Alana 487)

Meditation Pose

Breathe, Monica, breathe. Wuuu Saaaa.

Thankfully, I’m able to list everything I found and send it to the person who formatted my book. She can submit the corrections and everything will be right in the universe once again.

I keep trying to remind myself to stay positive and focused. Don’t let my fears overwhelm my world.

Honestly, though at times like this it’s easier said than done.

be brave

Be Brave

It’s almost time

Well, things are getting real. I know I’ve said it before, but now I’m talking to my publisher about release dates and pricing. And it’s awesome!

Of course, I’m a bit of an emotional basket case. I’m not going to lie, I’ve considered following in the footsteps of some of the literary greats and taking up alcoholism because I’m losing my mind (JK, I can’t handle the hangovers, I’m a sissy.)

Sylvia Plath quote | "God, how I ricochet between certainties and doubts."

Sylvia Plath quote

But, seriously anxiety attacks and mood swings have been part of my daily action plan whether I want it added to the list or not. Exercise, yoga poses, and stress eating haven’t helped at all. So I do what every other red-blooded, gung-ho driven writer does in a situation such as this, I ignore it all and keep pushing forward.

I’m researching book blog tours, purchasing marketing materials, and utilizing social media for blatant self-promotion like I learned in PR101. Do I think it’s enough to garner enough attention to generate a solid following of dedicated fans and boost sales?

I don’t know. I hope so.

Here’s what I do know, I’m releasing my book in the next couple of weeks and I’m freaking out!!!

How Does One Become a Butterfly?

So Many Book Covers, How Do I Choose Just One?

With my baby (aka my book) at the editor’s office, I asked myself what’s the next step in the process. Do I keep working on my book? Do I set it aside and work on other projects? Or do I start looking for a cover artist?

Massimo Carnevale - Illustratore e cover artist italiano

Cover Artist Massimo Carnevale

Well, I don’t know what anyone else would do, but I started researching and looking for a cover artist. There are so many colors, thrilling shadows, and titillating visions to entice and grab the reader’s attention. I haven’t made any decisions, but I’m so glad I’m taking the time to research.

Shopping for Shoes

Shopping for Shoes

There are so many choices. It’s like shopping for shoes with a 50% discount!

I’m excited and a tad bit giddy. It’s interesting figuring out what I like and what I don’t. I hope this will make it easier once I get to this phase of the process.

I should probably light some candles just in case. It couldn’t hurt.

It’s getting close

Edit, Edit, Edit

Edit, Edit, Edit

I’m at the point where I realize I need to seek the help of a professional. No, I don’t mean therapy. I’m talking about an editor. I feel like I’m turning my wheels and correcting words that aren’t taking my story to the next level.

I need to suck it up and make the call.

Geesh, I didn’t think it would be this hard letting someone new actually read my work

So much to do…

Some say you can’t rush perfection. Others would say that’s just an excuse to procrastinate.

 Depending on the day and my mood, I can agree with either one.

 Of course, this doesn’t help me finish my checklist. So many details, not enough brain cells.

 black and white

It’s the question that drives us…

Learning How to Read Like a Scholar

Learning How to Read Like a Scholar

Let’s talk research. Every writer knows there are times in the pursuit of creativity we delve into areas that aren’t pretty and can make the average person sick to their stomach. However, finding information is part of what an author must do for the sake of the story.

Joining a discussion group created for writers with the sole purpose of being able to pick each other’s brains was the best decision I could have ever made. Questions can include topics such as, how much does a head wound bleed or what is the best way to disable brakes on a car?

There’s nothing worse then reading a book and it isn’t believable.

The devil’s in the details.

But, sometimes while you’re searching the internet you come across an article or website that just breaks your heart. With everything I’ve read, seen, and heard while researching my book one would think nothing would shock or surprise me.

I was wrong.

I need to find my happy place.

Dreamy beach house // I can't even imagine

Dreamy beach house