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Drowned History Notes and Rogue News

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I haven’t had any crochet to post for a little while because I’ve been so busy working on the final formatting for Drowned History. It’s still going to be coming out next Tuesday as planned, but some of the formatting for the print version was a little wonky and I’m still waiting on my proof. I had hoped to do a preorder but that doesn’t seem likely at this point so I’ll just keep in mind the timeline for the next one.

Speaking of the next one, I’m planning on releasing my book Only a Rogue Knows this summer! It was originally part of the Every Rogue’s Heart box set but I’m now allowed to sell it on its own, and I’m very excited. I’m planning on expanding some parts of it that I would have liked to write before and there will be a fantastic new cover, so even if you bought the box set there will be plenty for you to enjoy in the expanded version. I’m working on the new bits right now, and will send it to editing right away so I can get it formatted sooner than this one.

I suppose these little hiccups are all part of learning the ropes of being an indie author. Self-publishing offers an amazing amount of creative control, but it also comes with a bit of a learning curve. Hopefully I’ve done Drowned History justice and everything will go more smoothly next time. Eventually I’d like to buy a bundle of ISBN numbers and really print them under Frozen Flame Press, but that’s way out of my skillset for the moment. For now, I’m happy to let Createspace take care of all that while I work on increasing my skills.

Getting back to next week’s release, here’s a bit of important information: Drowned History will be released Tuesday, March 13th and will be $0.99 for the first two weeks, then go up to $2.99 after that. The paperback price will be $10.99, and I’ll be selling signed copies for the same price plus shipping. If you’d like me to reserve one for you, send me an email at beccalovebooks@gmail.com and I’ll get one out to you!

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Acceptance Day

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This week on the blog hop, we’re talking about a personal experience. With the release of my book coming up in just a couple of weeks, I thought I’d tell you about how I felt on the day I found out The Detective’s Brother was accepted for publication.

My car decided to break down at the most inopportune moment; when we were scheduled to go down to San Antonio for an important meeting. My husband tried to close the back door and found to both our horror that he couldn’t get it to close. I knew from a letter I’d received from the Ford dealership that there was a recall on the door part so I called up the nearest dealership and made an appointment to have it taken care of. Or at least I thought it was the nearest dealership.

As it turned out, I had actually called a dealership about an hour and a half away from my house. By the time I realized my mistake it was too late to make another appointment in the amount of time we had the rental car, so we went out there and turned the car over.

We were pretty hungry by that time so we decided to go to Cracker Barrel, and it was while I was sitting and looking at my green beans that I got a notification in my email. I saw that it was from Booktrope, who I had submitted my manuscript to about two and a half months earlier. I held my breath as I opened it, afraid it was going to be yet another rejection letter. Instead, I saw that it said that they wanted to publish The Detective’s Brother and called it an outstanding story.

I was incredibly happy in spite of being sick to my stomach and stressed about my car. I grabbed my husband’s hands and started babbling about how happy I was, and we bought cobbler to celebrate.

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It’s been an incredible journey to publication for The Detective’s Brother and I’m excited to see where it takes me next!

Want to see what my fellow authors are chatting about? Check out the other blogs on the hop!

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1. Link your blog to this hop.
2. Notify your following that you are participating in this blog hop.
3. Promise to visit/leave a comment on all participants’ blogs.
4. Tweet/or share each person’s blog post. Use ?#?OpenBook? when tweeting.
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Delays and Triumphs

Great news! We’re finally getting close to publication, and I couldn’t be more excited.

I had a little bit of a bump in the road recently when my amazing book manager Patti had to resign from the project due to family problems, and I met with my new book manager Chelsea for the first time this week via phone. She’s very enthusiastic but has a little bit different style of marketing than I’ve gotten used to but I think we’re a good fit for one another.

Further complicating things is the fact that the system was acting wonky. My proofreader finished proofing the manuscript in two weeks but it didn’t upload so we were a week behind by the time we got things sorted out. I did the final pass and committed all the changes, then uploaded the final manuscript to the grid to head to layout and I’m super excited to finally be finished with it. I never thought I’d say this, but I’m ready to get Simon and Quinn out of my head for a little while.

I was hoping to have a late March release for the book but it was looking more like it was going to be the middle of April, so I was a little disappointed. Patti put me in touch with a few people before she left and I had set up some Facebook marketing events under the impression that my book would be out in late March. After my first meeting with Chelsea, we have determined that I can still manage not only the late March release but also the book signing I was wanting to do the first weekend of April! I’ve never done this sort of thing so I’m a little nervous.

We are also planning to reveal the cover for Detective’s Brother in the next week or so and I couldn’t be more thrilled to finally share it with you! The fonts alone…gorgeous.

In actual writing news, the pirate project continues at full speed. I couldn’t wait to start writing it and now I can’t stop. As a matter of fact I’m writing this post as fast as possible so I can get back to writing it. I’m about halfway through and it’s super exciting. Maybe next week I’ll have a little excerpt I can share with you!

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day! I celebrated by staying home and working on a crochet project. Exciting, huh?

I’m a member of a crochet group that makes friendship afghans, which means that we each crochet a set number of squares, divide them among the members in the swap, and mail them to one very patient person who reboxes them and sends them out to us. It’s a lot of fun to see what everyone else comes up with, especially in our most recent swap where we used up our old bits of yarn. I’ll include pictures of those squares in another post because I really want to share what I’m working on right now.

The current swap is a Christmas-themed one that runs through October (though arranging them in a blanket and getting it put together in time to be a Christmas present is beyond my skills), which means our colors are red, green and white. I’m going with a simple granny square in two color patterns and it’s a lot of fun.

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This is the center I’m working with. All of the squares are going to have a white center. We don’t know the exact number yet so I’m making 40 and will adjust it later for my own blanket.

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Two rounds of green go around each center. I promise you it’s green, it just doesn’t really photograph well.

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Finally, two rounds of cherry red for a real Christmas feeling!

So far I’ve got about 15 squares done so I need to get in gear if I’m going to finish on time. I may sit out the swap after this one, though. I’m going to have two blankets to assemble from the scrapghan squares and this one and I’m going to need a little time to do that. Unless it’s a purple or green swap, I can’t resist those colors.

Writing-wise, I’ve got a wonderful book manager and project manager and I’m in contact with an editor that I think will be a great asset to my team. After that I need to start looking for a cover artist. One step at a time, though!