Greetings! It’s been awhile. The 12 Days of Christmas Reading promo is over and now I’m free to blog once more. (Yes, I know I could’ve made it a sticky post, but I didn’t feel like learning how to do that on top of all the other stuff I’ve been up to. Computer laziness rules this time of year. Ha!)
So, you noticed that I said something about new covers?
Last week I decided to change the covers on the Zellie e-books for two reasons:
1. I’ve had it with people dissing them in reviews. Nothing gets my Big Sister hackles up more than people saying nasty things about my sister’s amazing artwork. Now, she doesn’t care, she’s been at this art thing a long time and has the portfolio to prove it, but it was really getting to me. I was feeling very strongly like I wanted to ENGAGE and ARGUE and that’s not good for anyone.
2. I was recently invited to join a group of YA authors called The Indelibles (website coming soon) and when I asked them what they thought of the covers, the response across the board was that they liked them, but thought they skewed too Middle Grade. Their opinions, however, did not make me feel like I wanted to ENGAGE and ARGUE. In fact, I could see where they were coming from. When I looked at some of their covers, I found that I did think the sketched ones appealed to a younger audience more than the photographic ones with models.
To avoid confusion, because I’ve only just uploaded the new e-book covers and they haven’t started to show up everywhere yet, I wanted to make it clear that the new covers are for e-books only and that the paperbacks will retain the drawn cover art. The thumbnails of the old covers do not do them justice and I absolutely love the way the paperbacks look.
*Sidenote: There are still versions of the original, original covers hovering out there. I feel like Createspace issues updates once yearly. I bite my thumb at them.
Here are the sparkletastic new e-book covers:
Both of the Glow covers are my favorites of the bunch because I think they both capture Zellie exactly. Feel free to ENGAGE and ARGUE with me about which ones you like best. 🙂
I do believe my goals for this round were to take it easy, write the first draft of Dissent and finish the Glimpse TV pilot.
Well, none of those things happened.
Between birthdays and holidays and programs at my son’s school and parties and outings galore, I did not take it easy. Suffice it to say, this round of Row80 has been my most hectic one to date – and in the previous round I was releasing Glow and got into two car accidents. Gah!
Dissent (at least it got a title!) remains at 2K. BUT I’ve been head plotting on it like crazy, so when I get a chance to work on it I feel like I’ll get the next 5K written fairly quickly.
The Glimpse pilot simply requires me opening the file and finishing it. I hope to work on it next week. It’s one of those things that no one is waiting on and therefore gets pushed down the to-do list first.
So, what did I do this round? Glad you asked. 🙂
Last week I completed an original story for the Death by Chocolate anthology that will be out on Valentines Day. It hovers around 14K, which is a lot for me to write in the two months that I had to finish it. It’s already been sent to Sarah and the beta readers and their comments were all positive. Back in Time is a time travel story and I’m stoked because I always wanted to write one of those. (I flirted with the concept in Dormant.)
I am also going to have a much shorter story in The Indelibles Valentines Day anthology In His Eyes. It is written from Raleigh’s (from Glow) POV and I’m nearly done with it.
Looking forward to the new year, I’m excited about all the fun writing I’m going to get to do. I’ll finish Dissent and begin working on the final DOS story, I’m co-writing a contemporary New Adult novel with the awesome Vicki Keire and I’ll finally get started on that Ben book I’ve been procrastinating on. Lots to look forward to!
Many thanks to all my readers, Row80 friends, PacNWYA buds, The Indelibles, and, of course, my family and IRL friends.
I wish you all the very happiest of holidays.