If you're a Goodreads kind of person, this may be of interest:
If you're a Goodreads kind of person, this may be of interest:
Well, in my dream life, he does.
This morning, almost making us late for school, the nice Purolator man did indeed bring books. My books:
I need some copies to hawk around, and - I think - to give away as freebies on Goodreads.
Receiving the proof copy somehow felt more momentous, but this is actually what all this work has been leading to - holding a copy of my own book in my hand. It's very exciting, but there's no time to stop and think about it...
In a little over a week from now, you'll be able to go to your favourite online bookstore and buy a copy of Going Back. There is a part of me which wants to think back to the very beginning of this process; to think about how I got here from there, but honestly, I don't really have time. For example, while I'm updating my online presence in every way I can think of today, I'm also trying to think of ways to improve my press release, and generally coming up with nothing. Now, that may be a good thing; it's possible that it really does say everything I want to say about the book, but I can't shake the nagging feeling that there;s something else I want to put in there.
There's a reason I chose this particular post title, though - getting it in stores, and therefore potentially in the hands of readers isn't the end of this process; far from it. Getting this far is just the beginning. It's written, it's as good as I can make it; now somehow to spread the word and get people to read it. I have some thoughts on that process:
There's more to come this week, but for now, I'd like to leave you all with some buttons - click on them and see where they take you; it might be fun...
Great outbursts of activity as publication date approaches...
One more key thing needs to be done before I can start selling online, though - I need an EIN from the US Revenue Service - this is so I don't pay US tax on anything I sell there. It's apparently easy, but I spent half an hour on hold this morning before I gave up, and I don't feel particularly inclined to try again today. Maybe in the morning...
Oh, and I keep having ideas for the next book, but no time to write them down in. Ah, well; time enough for that, I suppose.
I have a cover! Thanks to Scarlett Rugers, Going Back now has a cover.
No, you can't see it yet. Well, a sneak preview:
I can't figure out if the checklist is getting longer or shorter; let's see:
And those are only the things I can remember which need to be done.
Also, I'd quite like to do some writing some time soon...
... or no news is good news, or -
Or, actually, I've been busy behind the scenes. The Beta Reader period is done now, final (at least, I think they are final) changes have been made, and I'm now working on three fronts, none of them to do with actually writing anything.
The rather wonderful Scarlett Rugers is working on a cover design, which is under wraps for now, but I'm really excited about.
My good friend Philomena Hughes spent an hour last week patiently talking me through a photoshoot; all I have to do now is narrow down the selection of excellent pictures to three which can be used for author bios, website banners and general author pics.
And I'm talking to a publicity company, in the hope that we can find a method of promoting Going Back which sells some books without angering my bank manager more than is necessary.
All three feel like I'm moving in the right direction, but I'd still rather be writing. I'm now up to three possible concepts for new stories, and I'd like to write them too:
Shore Leave, half-written, but I know what I want to do with it now, and I'm itching to get back to it
A half-formed idea about a bookshop and coffee shop on the far fringes of Western Canada, which I'm thinking of as The Bookshop at the End of the World. I already have some characters sketched out for this, but it'll have to wait.
An even more nebulous idea, which may come to nothing - I'm letting it brew for now.
Now, if I could only get another six or seven hours in each day, I might be able to get all of this done.
PS - if you haven't already done so, could you 'like' the Going Back Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/goingbackbook Thank you!
With a number of developments afoot, I thought I'd take stock of the situation before going to work this morning. There are a number of beta readers in action now, some of whom have provided extremely valuable and constructive feedback. I'm in no doubt now that I have a novel, and that people will read it, given the chance.
I also (small fanfare) have hired a cover designer. There's no way I can do that part myself, and have it look anything like good enough to satisfy my own standards. So the very far away Scarlett Rugers will shortly be settling down to the impossible task of figuring out what I want the cover to look like, and making it into reality. This is somewhat momentous, because it marks the first point at which this book is no longer just the work of one person. It's a real thing, and it's really happening.
I have in my head, if not yet on paper, a marketing plan (and, fear not, Emma, I'll be hitting you up for ideas and advice!) and it goes like this:
(We'll be in the UK in August; it would be nice to have some actual copies to hand out to those who have helped get me this far. Don't hold your breath, though...)
So, this morning, I reckoned I should curtail my beta reader list, since I need time to absorb and act on feedback, and a month is probably about as long as I can leave that. I decided I'd make two more copies available on a first come, first served basis. Then I looked at my email - a friend of my sister wants a copy: one down. I tweeted that I had one copy left to give away. Half an hour later, a complete stranger from Florida emailed me asking if I had a copy to send.
Now, no chickens are being counted here - I'm a long, long way from the finishing line - but it is possible to build an audience of people who don't know you (and who therefore have to be persuaded of the book on its own merits), and I've just seen it happen.
I'm counting that one as a sale, even if I did give it away for free...
Couldn't have done that a few years ago - modern life has its benefits.
That's the filename for the current revision, and it feels like it. I thought all along I'd get to five drafts, but I was fairly happy with where version four had got me. Feedback from my beta readers, however, has nailed a few things, particularly about Andrew's character, which make a lot of sense, so I've spent the last week working through it all again. A couple of key scenes are now quite different, but it does all hang together again. I know I need to read it all again, just to be sure, but there won't be another full draft - any more suggested changes will be made to this draft; it should all be mainly cosmetic now, I hope.
In other news, I think I'm about to get myself a professionally designed cover. I read somewhere that if you want people to invest in your book, you should be prepared to invest in it yourself, which makes sense. The cost of a cover is less than I spend on groceries every week, and if it makes the finished product stand out on the electronic shelves, then it will be worth the investment, I'm sure.
Anyone know the rules on quoting copyrighted lyrics? It's been suggested to me that a couplet or two might illustrate the point I'm making towards the end, but I fear that might prove ruinously expensive. I'll ask around...