>The Journey continues. I’ve been very bad about posting of late, but the journey has kept me incredibly busy!
ARC or Advance Readers Copies
I’ve always made my own, printed them landscape and they’re set up like an open book you might hold. I always used comb bindings for them. I’d created some and was mailing them out to various reviewers and booksellers. THEN it happened, I got REAL ARCs from Berkley it was SOOOO cool. So now I’ve been sending them out to different folks, hoping they’ll read and review/recommend Kismet to others.
Book Two of the Order of the Sicari Series
The book is turned in and we’ve given it a name. Now that sounds almost like I gave birth doesn’t. Well if it had been a live birth, it could be equated to birthing a 10pd baby WITHOUT an epidural. *sigh* Anyway, the book is called Assassin’s Heart. I got to pick it this time, but that’s because I presented a logical argument for it.
- Book 1 is called Assassin’s Honor so it sort of seems to fit that the 2nd book would encompass the Assassin piece, and the fact that Honor and Heart both have 5 letters and start with an H seemed like Kismet. *grin*
- Heart is really appropriate to the book because the hero is a half-breed and his loved ones keep telling him that his heart is Sicari
- Finally, as a friend pointed out after reading the book. Assassin’s Heart has a dark, edgy, yet romantic feel to it. My editor agreed
Oh, and I just realized, I never posted my most AWESOMENESS! cover for book 1 in the Order of the Sicari. The hero has BEN AFLECK’s jaw! Dreamy, dreamy, dreamy.
I am getting knee deep in promo now as well as ordering advertising. Not solely for Kismet though as most people might think. I’m working on trying to get advertising for next fall in the RWR, and I just scheduled a full page ad (jointly with the wonderful Emma Wilds) for this coming May. Not to mention the other advertising I’ve been organizing that’s starting to reach out to next Sep and Oct. The bucks are starting to add up, but at least it’s a tax write off. With the economy the way it is, getting notice takes money, and the publisher limits its advertising, so it’s up to me. I did hire a publicist to help with getting mailings done, and organizing some signings as well as getting my name and ARCs in front of booksellers. LeeAnn works hard, so I think I’ll see great benefit for my money.
I have a proposal for a new historical due December 1st. I’ve got maybe one chapter done. I HATE it (the book and the deadline). I’m not sure whether it’s switching from a paranormal back to a historical or if I’m a little burnt out. It’s been a crazy 12 months, and I think it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
When working under deadlines, it’s important to take care of one’s self. I started walking again, despite the foot injury I suffered last year. I’ve stubbornly put off going to the doc about it, mainly because my gut says it will possibly involved surgery. I can’t afford that…time or money wise…right now.
I’ve only been able to read VERY little, but I did get to devour Michelle Moran’s Cleopatra’s Daughter. I might have mentioned it here before, but I’ll say it again. DAMN! It was a great book. Historical fiction just the way I like it. I’ve also been reading page by page, Isabo Kelley’s The Promise of Kierna’ Rhoan. It’s sci-fi romance, the first I’ve ever read, and I’m loving it!! Isabo has a wonderful voice.
I’m getting REALLY excited about Kismet, although I confess that I waffle back and forth about the book and how it will be received by readers. I’m not too worried about reviews, because those are always a toss up and one opinion won’t influence sales of the book that much, BUT…if enough reviewers LOVE the book and rave about it, then that will influence sales. Word of mouth is everything in this business.