Friday, January 17, 2014

Believe It Or Not, It Really Is A Big Deal!

Wednesday, I finished revising my 2008 novel Chasing the Wind. Last night, Collin uploaded it--with a new cover--to Amazon and Smashwords. That may not sound like a big deal, and it won't be to anyone else--but for me, it marks the first time in five years I've been able to complete a project. It's the first time in almost twenty years I've been able to make a deadline, contractual or self-imposed. Needless to say, I'm feeling pretty good right now.



A fellow writer asked me (via Facebook) how the sequel, An Army of Angels, is going. My response: "Like traffic on the George Washington Bridge." Unless you've spent the last few weeks on Mars, you know what that means.

It ain't moving at all.



I would love to finish it--but first, I have to figure out what's wrong with it. I know something's missing--I just haven't figured out what. Not yet. I did publish part of it as a short story a while back--which is why my collaborator's name isn't on the cover--yet. He'll make that addition if and when it gets finished.



In the meantime, I'm planning--if all goes according to plan--to publish Sam's Story next month, which will mark the third anniversary of his passing. If I make that deadline, I'll feel I'm finally getting back on track....

For a free copy of Chasing the Wind, go to Smashwords and enter the coupon code LE88H.

16 comments:

  1. Yay! I'm gonna look for it at Amazon!

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    1. Got it, but had to search for this cover. You need to put links on your blog!!!!

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  2. Great covers and Sam's Story will be a hit just like the others. Congratulations.

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  3. Great job! Good things do happen to good people!

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  4. @ William: Thanks, partner! I'll be glad when you're ready to finish and publish your book!

    @ Cheryl: I can't figure out why Amazon takes so long to post covers--but in the case of CTW and Angels at Midnight, they explained to me that when there's two editions of the same book, they go with the cover on the print edition. Collin did a new cover for the AAM ebook, and he hasn't updated CTW yet.

    @ Evie: Thanks--I hope it finds its audience. It's not something I've ever done before.

    @ Kittie: Thanks--and the same applies to you, my friend!

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  5. Hooray hooray, Norma! I'm sure it feels good and deservedly so! Looks like 2014 is already off to a good start:)

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  6. Great news!
    You'll figure out what the trouble is with the other book, Norma. It may simply take time to be away from it, and then one day it will just dawn on you.

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  7. Congratulations !
    Personally I know health wise how much this means to you.

    I do small deadlines.... this weekend it is clean the studio, it is trashed from Christmas, moving (daughter) and just plain being tired !
    Once it is done I do feel better !

    The Square Ones end woofs !
    cheers, parsnip

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  8. @ London Lulu: it does indeed!

    @ Lorelei: that's what I keep telling myself. I love the characters, so if it doesn't work, maybe I'll just give them a different story....

    @ Gayle: that's pretty much what I've been doing. As for being tired, my get up and go, got up and went...without me! And the Square Ones are an inspiration!

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  9. I'm excited to read Sam's Story.

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    1. Shelly--I hope I made it fun for readers. If it works, there will be others. In my 60 years, I've known a lot of critters!

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  10. Big congrats to you! It is a big deal!

    And I know what you mean with slow moving. It's hard to be a publisher, marketer, and writer all in one at the same time. lol

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    1. Yes--you want everything to happen yesterday, but in reality it may take months...years....

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  11. It's a huge deal Norma! I think for writers, artist, musicians etc. putting their work out there to be judged is one of the hardest things and can make you feel so vulnerable. My hubby writes music and he's been working on an album for the last year, I think it sounds perfect.. he keeps changing it! I just went over to Smashwords, was looking at all your books.. did Collin design all the covers? They really are excellent, The Unicorn's Daughter has always intrigued me so now I am going to get down and actually order your books, I get very panicky of I don't have a pile of books at the ready :)

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  12. Collin does all of my covers! He's building quite a business, getting recognition for his work. He's being kept busy--enough so that he has no problem turning away difficult clients.

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