Forever Blue Cover Reveal

I’m at the stage of writing which I like the least. I say ‘like the least’ rather than ‘dislike’, as there aren’t too many aspects of writing which I dislike, but this stage would have to be my least favourite. I guess I’m a little impatient.

Forever Blue is written. I’ve completed the first of the major edits and now I’m at the stage of those smaller edits and typos, the ones which my mind often corrects so I have to use various different ways to spot them. This can be fun for one or two chapters, but after an entire book the fun aspect definitely wanes. I’m also stuck writing the blurb. I would rather write an entire book than a blurb. Once I figure it out I’ll be able to let you know more about the actual story line. Hopefully.

This part of the process also includes sending it out to beta readers, something which is exciting but also nerve-wracking, especially since I have given out zero details regarding the book. My writers’ group may have got the odd snippet here and there, but not many. The reason for this is I wanted the feedback to be as unbiased as possible. The only details I’ve given are that it’s aimed at the YA audience and a romance. Sort of. Even though I’ve only sent it to a few people, the feedback so far has been good. (It still counts if it’s your mum, right?)

But the thing that frustrates me the most is I just want to get it out there. I want to click the publish button and see if people enjoy it as much as I did writing it. But I promised myself I wouldn’t do that. I would stick to my plan.

But there is one thing I can share with you . . . the cover!

Personally, I think it is rather beautiful. What do you think?

Cover

 

I’ve also been playing with an animated gif and I’m pretty pleased with how it came out.

Cover Gif

Anyway, that’s it for now. I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break.

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Goodreads Giveaway

Goodreads giveaway

I forgot to mention yesterday that there is a giveaway over at Goodreads right this minute!

I’m giving away a signed copy of all three books in the Behind Glass series, including the  limited edition paperback version of Boy In Uniform.

To enter the giveaway all you need to do is have a Goodreads account and simply click on the enter button before the 21st January 2016.
The competition is open to anyone in America, Canada, Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand.

Click here to be redirected to the Goodreads Giveaway Page

Good Luck!

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Behind the Glass | Publishing | Marketing

marketing

I have given up on marketing. Not all aspects of marketing, but the marketing that involves other people – Book blogs, promotion groups etc. When it comes down to it, I have limited time to spend on my writing, and the time I do have I would rather write than invest my time in marketing.

That’s not to say I don’t do anything. I just do my own thing, without spending too much time on it, and whatever happens, happens. In the future I will look into book promotion sites, but for now I am happy to type away on my blog and varying social media sites.

So what do I do?

I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest. I try to have different content on each social media outlet. I post quotes that I love on Tumblr. I post photos on Instagram. I’m a little overwhelmed by Twitter so I use it as a feed for my other sites, and since I’m most comfortable with Facebook it is where you will most likely find the odd boosted post. Since GBG is currently free, I have boosted a few posts to get the word out with promotional images like this.

If you search book marketing and promotion, google will come back with 24,300,000 results. I’ve looked at most of these, (not really, but it feels like it) and they all say different things. Then again, a lot say the same thing. So I’ve decided to do my own thing. It’s probably not the right thing to do, but I only do what I feel comfortable with. And maybe one day, when I have more books out there, I will attack the promotional ideas again.

This is the final is this series of blog posts. If you missed any of the previous entries, just click on the post links below.

Behind the Glass | Dreaming | The Seed

Behind the Glass | Dreaming | World Building

Behind the Glass | Dreaming | Characters

Behind the Glass | Dreaming | Inspiration

Behind the Glass | Writing | Organisation

Behind the Glass | Writing | Pen to Paper

Behind the Glass | Writing | Editing

Behind the Glass | Publishing | Formatting

Behind the Glass | Publishing | Cover Design & Blurb

*If you haven’t read Girl Behind Glass yet, it is currently free in the Kindle store – http://goo.gl/KUGZrA