Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Bloodmines Finalized and 10 Things I Learned This Year!

Two days from the end of the year, Bloodmines has been sent to the Publisher for final review of the format changes. Depending on this review, Bloodmines will release either tomorrow night or on New Year's Day!

I am hoping later today, to be able to do a cover reveal.  I am waiting for my illustrator to make some final tweaks of her own.  The team that works with me has worked very hard to help me meet my -by year end goal.  

My beta readers have all reported back and the consensus is that this is better than Book 2.  I hope this is true for all of you and not them just being kind.  However, a couple on my beta team are pretty critical so I feel fairly confident in their reviews and feedback.

I did use some of the ideas presented by readers.  So once I get all the publication formalities finished, I will be connecting with those readers that gave input and getting an address to send a signed copy.  

It has been a wondrous year.  It is hard to believe that at this time last year, I was just figuring out how all the publishing hoops work.  Here are some things that I learned this year.

1.  All proofreaders are not equal.  I still have to go back and reproof Outcast which is my next goal.

2.  There are many people out there praying on new authors who don't know the ropes with promises of promotions of their work.  I have enough reviews on Amazon and Goodreads to know that my work is readable, but the money spent on these sites was largely wasted.

3.  I have a very supportive family who are probably sick of Alador.

4.  A book can take on a life of its own. 

5.  I love writing - I hate editing- and I can't proofread.  I get sucked into my own story and just read.

6.  That your readers are what makes it all worth it.

7.  That cancer does not define you, and that you can live a mostly normal life around side effects.

8.  That there are amazing and wonderfully supportive people in the writing community. 

9.  That I can write 50k words in a month.

10. That the more I write, the more I have to write.

There are probably more things that I have learned, but these are the top ten that come to mind.

Thank you everyone for making it a Great Year - Cancer be damned!!

May your New Year be Creative, Inspired and Productive
Cheryl Lynn Matthynssens