One of my promises to myself this year was to release books under my name instead of hiding behind secret pen names. Having books out under my name have the added bonus of me being able to market them, talk about them, show my parents I am actually writing and publishing. To that end I am preparing a book for publication! The Princess Prophecy will be the first of many releases for this year if I can stay on track and get all the work done.
The obvious first step was writing the book (novella actually). Check. Finished writing that last year and of course procrastinated doing anything else with it because releasing it into the world under my name is scary. To prepare for publication I am working on revisions. I’ve read through the story, noted where things don’t work and I’m in the process of keying those changes into Scrivener.
The next scary step is to send it to my editor. She’s super busy so I might not be able to release the story by the end of April like I’d hoped but that’s okay. Once it’s in her hands I know I will be releasing it as soon as I make the necessary corrections.
Other preparations for publication include Facebook ads to gain mailing list subscribers. To increase visibility I will also be attempting the A – Z Blogging Challenge again this year. Since my April release is science fiction romance my theme for the challenge will be speculative fiction. Why not science fiction? Or science fiction romance? Because I have a lot of releases planned and most fall into the broader speculative fiction category.
And now I will do the cover reveal for The Princess Prophecy!
I will be back later with the description. Right now I wanted to show off the cover. There will be other stories in the series that I can’t wait to work on.
What do you like to see from authors leading up to a book launch?
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I have a new story out in an anthology! The Newcomer has twelve science fiction short stories from authors across the globe.
From a young couple struggling to look after their baby to a new captain’s reluctance to take command of her ship, and from a sun-addled stranger’s appearance in town to the emergence of a sentient AI, the twelve tales presented here explore the central theme of an arrival by someone or something new. There’s even an alien puppy.
The stories are:
Tithe by Griffin Carmichael
Exodus by Alec Hutson
First Bonding by Tom Germann
Ice Dreamer by J J Green
The Nanny by Cindy Carroll
Right Hand by Jonathan C Gillespie
What Make is Your Cat? by Richard Crawford
Kaxian Duty by Cherise Kelley
Lessons Learned by J Naomi Ay
The Humra by Laura Greenwood
The Hawk of Destiny’s Fist by James S Aaron
Repulse by Alasdair Shaw