Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wednesday's Writing Update: Defying Gravity and #atozchallenge author promotion


Happy Wednesday!

My review of Jenn Nixon's romantic suspense novella Trust Me, Tell Me is here.

The super awesome ninja leader Alex Cavanaugh gave a shout out to Defying Gravity here

And look, I've reached over 400 followers. Wow!

Okay, I completely dropped the ball. I've realized I'm not Wonder Woman. Heck, I'm not even Supergirl. Since I was busy publishing Defying Gravity last week, it meant I was still catching up on emails, blog posts, etc. this week. I didn't get around to as many Origins posts as I would've liked and I've been a bad Campaigner. I'm just now starting to get around to the bloggers in my groups (yeah, I write way too many different types of fiction). I'm sorry! Please forgive me.

But I do have good news for my fellow authors out there. On Surrounded by Books Reviews, I'm promoting authors (up to three for every letter) during the A to Z Challenge. For more details, click here. You can't beat free promotion, and the A to Z Challenge had over 1000 people join in on the alphabetic fun in April.

And yes, Defying Gravity is now available. I'm pleased with how it turned out, especially since it was my first venture into self-publishing. The formatting wasn't all that difficult beyond a couple things (still haven't figured out bookmarks), but it's a presentable, professional-looking copy. The hardest and most tiring aspect of publishing it was all the edits. I think I edited it four times in a few days. I have it out on Amazon right now and registered in their KDP Select. Once my 90 days are up, I plan to publish it on Smashwords and possibly Barnes and Noble. I need to learn how to create the other formats, hence the delay. I'm also on a book blog tour right now, so if you would stop by the various places, I would appreciate it. I'm also giving away things at a few stops, which will lead up to a massive, pretty epic giveaway on March 8th (my birthday).

While I'm still playing catch up (sorry!), I'm also trying to get some writing done this week. I plan to type what I have on Fighting Gravity, Book Two of the Gravity series. I don't know what possessed me to try writing it by longhand, but I did and wrote around 6000 words in it. Now I have to type them up and keep writing because the longhand is getting too slow. I've also been trying to get some future blog posts done as well as some flash fiction. Depending on how much I get done on the flash fiction, blog posts, and Fighting Gravity this week, then I might be able to start editing The Phoenix Prophetess sometime next week. *crosses fingers*

So what are you up to?


M.J. Fifield said...

Congratulations on your book release!

Emily R. King said...

Congrats on surpassing 400 followers! It's wonderful that you've been busy with the release of your book. I bet it's been A LOT of work. But don't worry, you seem to be handling it well. : )

Samantha May said...

Wow! 400 followers and a book release?! Sounds like a good week! Congratulations :)

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Samantha is right : 400 followers, a book release, and trying to play catch-up : a good but exhausting week! Have a great one nonetheless! Roland

Christine Rains said...

Congratulations on 400 followers! :) And you needn't apologize for falling behind on everything else. DG and the tour needs your attention right now.

Nicole Zoltack said...

Congrats on 400 followers!

I'm busy editing. Editing for PWP, proofreading Woman of Honor for print, beta reading an awesome fantasy, tweaking Elena's Pen one last time before querying it. Then I'm gonna edit Crystal's Magic and work on it until it's ready to query. I probably won't be writing anything new other than short stories for a little while now.

Jennifer Hillier said...

Congrats on the 400 followers, and on the release of your book! Happy for you!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on four hundred and NINE followers!
And don't worry - when you're in the middle of a book tour, everything else tends to sag a bit. No big deal. There's only so many hours in a day.

Marta Szemik said...

Congratulations on your over 400 followers! That's awesome! Also congrats on your publication:) It's an exciting and tingling sensation.

Unknown said...

Oh, how happy is this post. Congrats! I'm so happy for you!
I feel you pain on trying to juggle all the things that go on in life--work, writing, blogging, social networking, trying to have a life. Ugh! So much to do, but worth it. :D
Congrats again!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Awesome news!!!

Maurice Mitchell said...

Congrats! Thank Alex. New Follower!