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Flame of Surrender should be available for presale on October 14th.
No I’m not telling you which word I flubbed up. #authorfail
And what authors say about deadlines is true. For instance, I was only given four days after receiving the last of the edits to get it back to the editor.
You’re probably thinking, ‘Why are you blogging instead of editing?’
I was lucky enough to receive the edits in waves so for the past two weeks I’ve been getting 50-100 pages every few days and then I push everything aside to get them done. I often stayed up until midnight to finish them. It was almost useless though because while I was editing I was also writing notes back to my editor. Things I wasn’t going to change, things I needed to revise for clarity (to make sure I had made things clear), etc. etc. A few inside jokes, you know the deal.
And then I got the last of my edits back on Friday and the editor left me with a note saying that he doesn’t have time to read it again before formatting and sending it to print. So he’s trusting me to get all the work done properly so it can be ready to go.
You should know what my first thought was: _______!
After the whole freaking out passed, I sat down and decided that the book was top priority. The only sure fire way to make sure it was good to go was to read it out loud. Fourteen hours of reading is what ensued, spread over two days.
I caught a lot of things my editor didn’t mark out, but were lurking in the general notes.
Somewhere in the midst of this word popped up with this message: There are too many spelling errors in the document to mark them all. Please run a spellcheck if you want to check for spelling and grammar.”
If you think NOT running a spellcheck is okay, let me tell you, after reading it out loud and fixing all the little problems manually, I still ran the spellcheck and I still found mistakes. There were at least ten little things I had to change. Just an FYI to the Indie Authors who tune in, spellcheck!
I finished early because I pushed myself and was up until after midnight last night, recalibrating chapters, adding a timeline, adding a preview of the second book, writing acknowledgments and compiling goodies for readers.
I’m now switching gears and will be working on my stuff for my debut appearance at the Central Canada Comic Con. I’ll have books there and again, goodies for readers!
Also, if you didn’t see it yesterday, there’s an ARC Giveaway on Goodreads. Just fair warning, it’s the uncorrected proof.
Click here to win! I’ve got 3 copies! http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11841693-flame-of-surrender
I missed the boat on IMM this week so this is a list of the books I bought, some were from your lovely suggestions!
Perception by Heather Cashman
Becoming by Raine Thomas
Central by Raine Thomas
Foretold by Raine Thomas
The Night Circus by Eric Morgenstern
In Leah’s Wake by Terri Guiliano Long
Unveiled by Trisha Wolfe
Descended by Blood by Angeline Kace
And there’s a ton of reviews I need to post so look forward to these titles sometime in October:
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The Last Song by Nicolas Sparks
Meant to be by Tiffany King
I loved you first by Reena Jacobs
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz
Spellbound by Samantha Combs
Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
The Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees
Yep, I have been reading, I just haven’t been reviewing as much because I’ve also been busy with Comic Con. I’ll be posting something on that tomorrow!