So release date has been set for "Rocking The Storm" - will be available for purchase from August 24th, 2016!
That's all for now really. I just took a long bath, so now I look like a lobster and I smell like a.... Well, actually I smell pink, if pink has a smell! But that's really all. Now to get focused on writing/finishing book #3 :)
Not too much I guess.
Cover art for "Rocking The Storm" is done and approved and gorgeous! You'll find it on the Coming Soon page under Books.
Oh yeah, that's what's new. I've done a little updating/tidying of the site here, so take a wander around and let me know what you think! I'm trying to make it easy to navigate without having three million different title tabs (okay, slight exaggeration on the numbers, but you get what I mean). Anyway, I've put in a few sub-pages to try to keep things tidy.
Still waiting for a release date for "Rocking The Storm", which probably means I should get to work on my next book which is partly written, and should hopefully be finished and ready for submission fairly soon. Turns out, Facebook is the enemy of creativity: I sat down to write last night, filled with imagination and enthusiasm, then decided to have just a quick skip onto Facebook before I started. 40 minutes later I was tired and had lost all my enthusiasm..... So tonight I will NOT log into Facebook when I sit down to write..... Honest I won't!
So "Rocking The Storm" has been edited and reviewed then sent back to my editor! Now waiting to see if there are any further edits needed.
Also submitted the cover art request. Can't wait to see what the artist comes up with this time - not sure whether I'll get the same artist, but I kinda hope I do, because she NAILED the cover for Gabi's Secret right out of the gate!
So far I'm still trying to get Gabi's Secret reviewed. I have it out with a few websites/blogs, and also with a couple of friends, but so far the only review is from the one lady I know who actually bought it! But she liked it, so I'm a happy bunny. Just need to try to get the word out there, which is the hard part.
An author friend told me that keeping up with all the social media/publicity type stuff is a full time job, and she was right! Unfortunately I already have two full time jobs, so it's making for some sleepless nights trying to keep up with everything. Oh well. Sleep when I'm dead, right?
If you HAVE read Gabi's Secret, please, please, please leave a review on Amazon or somewhere. Even if you want to email it to me through the contact page and I'll share it here on the website. Love it, hate it or "meh", any and all feedback will be gratefully received and taken on board :) After all, feedback and constructive criticism are the only way I'll improve!
Just got the countersigned/official publishing contract for my second book, so I guess I can now tell you the title! The next book is called "Rocking The Storm", and will be released......
Well, it'll be released once the editing is done and the cover art is designed and all that stuff. Trust me, as soon as I have a release date, I'll be letting you know! Also, as soon as the cover is designed/finalized, that will be popping up on the "Books" page here!
For now, "Gabi's Secret" is out with a few websites/blogs for review, and while I've already talked to one lady who has read it, I'm excited/nervous to hear what "professional reviewers" think of it! I guess it's a good sign, though, that the lady I talked to sat down to read "just a few pages".....then a couple of hours later realized she should quit reading and go cook dinner before she read the whole thing in one sitting!
That's all I have right now. Well, that and my dog is telling me he needs to go out, so I'd better take care of that!
So, on Monday "Gabi's Secret" went live for sale. OMG awesomeness!
Tuesday. Well, Tuesday.... What happened Tuesday? Tuesday I got an email from my lovely editor, letting me know that my second book (title secret for now LOL) is also to be published! So now I have to wait for my editor to send back her edits for me to approve/disagree or change in some way! Yup, I'm sure most of the people in the store I was in thought I was a bit soft in the head (I mean, I am, but that's another subject!) since I was wandering around grinning like an idiot.
And I can now confirm that getting the "we want to publish" email for book #2 is just as exciting as for book #1. Actually, maybe even MORE exciting, because it means that book #1 wasn't just a fluke!
So now I have to get to work on finishing the next-most-written one I have on the go (while waiting for edits to come back).
And as always
"Gabi's Secret" is now available for purchase! Okay, it was available from yesterday, but the day got away from me with other stuff and I never got to website-updating-stuff. Links are on the Books page.
So I know one person has bought it (they told me so) so that's a good start. I'm also trying to have it reviewed by a couple of different websites, so we'll see if they get back to me on that. I hope that anyone who buys it will also either leave a review or get in touch with me direct to let me know what they thought of the story. As with any creative endeavor, my biggest friend is feedback, whether good OR bad, so please don't hesitate to let me know whether you love or hate it!
For now though, I'm waiting to hear back from my wonderful editor about another submission I've made, plus I have another... Umm... 1,2, 3, 4 started (one pretty well along) plus two at the idea only stage. So hopefully Gabi's Secret will be enjoyed and folks will want to buy more!
Finally joined Twitter! Link on homepage, or on Facebook, or I guess you can just read it here. I think I'm @sarahollandaut1 . Or search on my name. Or my email address. Or send a smoke signal.
Can you tell I'm not really all that good with all this social media stuff? But I'm trying (VERY trying, my husband would confirm!)
Just a short n sweet blog post for now.
"Gabi's Secret" will be released in 11 days!!!
But for now
At least that's what I imagine my book is saying right now!
So after some intensive editing work by myself and my kick-ass editor, "Gabi's Secret" is ready to hit the streets. Or at least the electronically generated pages of your Kindle or whatever!
We have a gorgeous cover (as on books page), a release date of 7.11.16, and now a very nervous book-mommy waiting to see how her first baby will be received by the world.
I do have some more stuff in the works (some more "worked" than others!) and hope to get something else to my editor soon.
Until then, please get in touch if you want to, or check my Facebook page for any other random thoughts that come to my wandering mind.