Book-cover design.

620686_COVER_Mockup1lowThe graphics designer E-mailed the cover designs to me today. I am so thrilled. I was given three covers to choose from, with help from my husband and friends, I have decided on this one. Carmen has a secret super power, that is why this image.

This project is finally coming to the exciting part.

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Editor’s Choice Award.

I have received the Editor’s Choice award for my first book KARMA-The Force of Justice. I am thrilled! Now I am waiting for the three cover designs to choose from. Things are beginning to feel more concrete for me. Editing is complete….now production. I am struggling with the Marketing aspect however, but need to be patient at building my platform.

Sequel

My sequel is complete. Last night the ending finally came to me. I got out of bed in the dark and grabbed paper and pen and wrote down my ideas. Today I sat down and concluded the sequel Karma-Justice revealed. Now I will sit down with my newest idea and begin again….

New content…

Happily, she bounded up the stairs, thrilled to be going dancing. I know just what I’m going to wear. She remembered a flowing, colourful dress that she had bought when she and Jill had gone shopping during her last visit there. She reached into the closet and brought the hanger out, draped with the dark purple dress. She hung the hanger on the hook of her closet door and admired the shimmery dress. She began undressing and tossed her pink T-shirt and jeans on the chair in the corner. She removed her bra, tossed it with the shirt and jeans and opened a drawer to find her beige strapless bra to wear with the strapless dress.

She heard the creak of a floorboard in the hallway. Peter must have forgotten something. But fear caused her to cross her arms over her bare breasts. A face appeared in the doorway, it wasn’t Peter. Carmen gasped and froze.

“Nice, very nice! I arrived at just the right time.” The tall, lanky, fiftyish, man with a moustache said. “Don’t cover up on my account.” He said as he reached for her. “I did just come here to kill you, but I guess we could have a little fun first.” He added.

Carmen pushed him away, using her arms and her mind.

“Ah, Oui, you’ve got some spunk eh?” He said with his French accent.

“LeClair!” She blurted out.

“Oui. You are right. I guess you should have left me blind, eh?”

“That can be arranged.” She threw up her arms and flung her fingers toward his face.

LeClair was instantly blinded. But that didn’t stop him. He lunged at her again.

Carmen used more force and he fell against the corner of the dresser. She heard another creak in the hallway. Oh no, not another one. I don’t know if I can fight off two of them. But it was a woman, she had a gun. But then a familiar woman followed her into the bedroom.

Submission

I just submitted my revised manuscript; making most of the recommended changes suggested by the editor.

I even caught a couple of mistakes that HE missed. For instance: I named someone before and after a quote with two different names. Plus I had the main character pick up drive thru when she had already been invited out to dinner. No biggie. LOL

Funny how the first editor said my protagonist was too mean and the second editor told me to have the character kill people off. Hmmm woman vs. man? I know the second editor was a man.

I feel good about my revisions. I did not however, agree with everything he suggested, because at times I don’t think he understood what I was trying to get across. So instead of changing the writing, I clarified it.

I did write the lovemaking scene in more detail as he requested, but when I woke in the morning, the first thing I thought was to delete it. It is not a porn novel and I wanted it to be classy not trashy. Plus my mother might read my book. LOL

So, now for the second stage of Developmental Edit: Content Edit. Which consists of watching for point of view, transitions and inappropriate tense.  But I think the previous editor already did that and I did correct those things. Phew, done!

A Sex Scene?

I have been revising my manuscript as my editor advised, combining short chapters, fleshing out characters and scenes, but I have been postponing on one scene he has asked me to elaborate on, the lovemaking scene. I insinuated bed, and then wrote about the morning after, but the editor wants me to write the sex scene. I’m nervous about it. I would want it to be tastesful, not porn. But how do I describe lovemaking in a book my mother might read? Haha. Well, I need to get in a frisky mood and get to it!

Developmental Edit

Yesterday I received the long awaited Email telling me that the Developmental Edit is complete. I might have a few minutes this morning before Michael wakes up and sees what is under the tree, to read the editor’s notes. Merry Christmas everyone!!

Marketing is the newest thought on my mind lately, in regards to my book, that is.

“How will people hear about my book?”

“Where will they find it?”.

There are many possibilities. Word Press of course is one way, but hey, the book isn’t even printed yet. Developmental edit takes a long time. Well, weeks. It only seems like a long time.

Facebook was my first stab at advertising, but it has only reached a small corner of the world so far.

I have imagined what the cover of my book will look like; Gothic symbols, gargoyles (when you read the book you will understand the concept of the gargoyles). A beautiful brunette woman, held by a handsome man who is absent of a shirt, ok, stop it, that has been over done. Ha Ha. The Karma symbol, weigh scales… Purples, blacks… We’ll  see!

Anyway, it will all fall into place.

I am looking into having bookmarks printed, I’ve even considered printing them myself. With an image of the cover of my book on it.  Now I just have to figure out how to scatter them to the wind….