Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Still Alive

It's feast or famine around here... hurry up and wait.

Due to AtoZ, I scheduled my cover reveal a little earlier than I otherwise would have, and (unfortunately) that huge marketing push came about the time I was preparing my manuscript for the formatter. Gah! I'll never do that again. I was so busy there for a couple of weeks, I thought I was going to die!

Now I've come to a strange lull. I'm literally twiddling my thumbs with nothing much to do. I keep feeling like I'm forgetting something, but according to my detailed publishing to-do list, I'm right on track.


I registered Come Back with the copyright office last week. (Take THAT, you plagiarizers! :P) And now, I wait. 

At least things are going well.
The mulberry bush was a good omen after all. :)

Before...



Now...


 

Yes, I said 'bush' singular. The smaller one died in a horrible leaf blower accident that neither I nor the yard man could have foreseen. I promptly yanked the lone survivor back into the house until his branches could grow a little stronger. (The success of my debut depends on it! LOL) Now he's happily sunning himself in my back yard.





The lemon tree survived the winter, too, even with all the freezes. 
Now I just have to concentrate on reviving the grass.



My paperback proofs came the other day. 
That was a totally surreal moment.







The Createspace process was surprisingly easy, in large part because I hired out the graphics and formatting. (Both ladies know their stuff!) I would have been dealing with a huge learning curve and a heap of errors to correct if I hadn't.


My mini vacation is about to come to an end. Book launch activities start Monday with a guest post on Jeff Hargett's blog. We'll be posting a list titled 'How To Help An Author.'

Adios until then. :)


24 comments:

  1. I don't think there's anything better than seeing your own book in print for the first time!

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  2. Oooh, so shiny! I'm so excited for you. :)
    And I'm looking forward to checking out your story!
    Kirsten @ A Scenic Route

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  3. Funny isn't it how life can go from a whirlwind to a standstill? I love the graphics in your book, and I agree there's nothing quite as wonderful as holding your book in your hands!!

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  4. I know it was such a thrill to get that box!!
    Love the pics of your mulberry bush. I hope he enjoys many more days of sunning himself and the leaf blower is nothing but a distant memory for the little guy. :D

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  5. How exciting! Don't worry. You'll have plenty to do soon:)

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  6. WOW Melissa. I love this post. I love the pics, the story about the mulberry/omen-for-success, the weirdness of a lull after a storm, the proofs (SO COOL), everything. I can't wait for release time!!! And I agree with Quanie; you'll have plenty to do soon enough :)

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  7. Yippee! It's such an exciting time! I remember being there with book 1, and now we're gearing up for book 2. I'm sure it will become old hat after several works, but you have to savor the moment, eh?

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  8. Yay for your bush, congrats on the novel, and good luck with all the promotion. That can definitely be exhausting, but it has to be done. ;)

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  9. You save one bush and that counts. Fingers crossed for the best of luck on your launch! Those books look delicious.

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  10. You are so lucky - you have green fingers! *sighs* I'm hopeless with plants.
    That brown box with the paperbacks... it looks simply divine! Congratulations once again!

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  11. Congratulations on getting the proof copies and being on schedule. Enjoy the lull. It will become insane again.
    Sorry about the leaf-blower accident...

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  12. Very nice, Melissa, and the Mulberry bush looks fine! Good omen.

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  13. You've been busier than any of us! Look at those proofs. Gorgeous :)

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  14. Must be amazing to hold your own published book like that. ^_^ Congratulations.

    And I say, if you feel like you have nothing to do, that means it's time to start throwing out random plot elements for other books and see what sticks together. Bwa ha ha.

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  15. I believe they call this the calm before the storm... LOL

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  16. I love seeing pics of books in boxes, that has to be a great feeling to open that package. Enjoy the lull, I have a feeling it won't last long. :)

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  17. Woot! Glad your plants are living, and enjoy this time of quiet! So great about your proofs. :D

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  18. Talking about plagiarizers, I noticed this morning that someone copied my entire blog. Nothing goes too far for these people :(

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  19. You are so impressive with this debut. I hope sales kick butt!

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  20. Use the spare time to get some sleep. You probably won't get any next week.

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  21. Hey Melissa,

    Yeah, I know, where the heck is that adorable Gary? I'm here and the even more adorable Penny is having a well earned doggy nap.

    Penny tells me your book is gonna' be a big sensation. Lemon tree, very pretty.....

    Gary :)

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  22. Feast or famine...isn't life like that? Though lately, it's been a whole lot of feasting around here. My widening butt proves it!

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  23. Nothing like holding your own book in your hands for the first time. CreateSpace really do do a good job. All the best for your tour!

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  24. Oh yeah I know what you mean. After a rough few months, I have some peace and I don't know what to do with it. :-D

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