Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Status Update for 4/9/2014

It's been awhile since I've been able to post anything here, and for that I apologize.  I've been working hard on finishing book 2 while at the same time preparing book 1 for release as a paper book.  Monday, I received the proof of Vacant Hearts.  My heart beat just a little faster as I held it in my hands for the first time.  There's nothing like seeing your work in book form for the first time.

After the initial euphoria wore off, I discovered that it wasn't quite ready for prime time.  It didn't even have page numbers!  How could I forget those?  That and a dozen other small things cropped up.  If you have the money, it's definitely worth having professionals do the formatting for you.  I can tell you from experience, especially using Word, that it's not easy.  It's frustrating in fact.  But eventually, it got done, I'm happy to say.  Now I'm just waiting on the second (hopefully perfect) proof before I can okay it for good.

At the same time I was banging my head against the wall trying to get the formatting correct, I was working on book 2.  Incredibly, I was able to complete the last chapter and epilogue in only three days.  I love it when things come together.  It's revision next and then I can send it off for review.  I can't wait to see what people think.  Writing one book was hard, but writing a second one, now that people have an expectation is even harder. 

It's time to get back to the revisions.