Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Official Cover Reveal

I posted a small, watermarked sample of this before from my artist, so the final reveal shouldn't be all that surprising to anyone who's been here before. But now that I officially own the full sized version of it (with some minor tweaks made to it) I decided to share for any possible last minute feedback.

Somewhat nervous doing this as it's bought, paid for and pretty much the final version. Hoping someone doesn't point out some basic design or conceptual flaw that makes me realize the whole cover, in fact, sucks.

Even if so, no worries. Indie publishing is a big learning curve for every first timer. Even if that's the case this is still extremely exciting for me.

After some twenty odd years of writing, aspiring, writing and then aspiring some more. I have my name on a book cover.

Yes, it's a home designed cover I paid someone in Australia to do on her computer and, as of right now, only exists on my laptops pic viewer, but for right now, that's completely irrelevant to me.

I have my name on a book cover.

I'm sure some of you know what I'm feeling right now because I bet you felt the same thing when you opened your attachment from your artist for the first time and saw your own little baby.

Now, off to finish my latest draft. Have a word challenge to catch up to.

Good times.


Friday, June 1, 2012

June: 60K Word Challenge

I'm back, for anyone who may have noticed.

Personally, the last several weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind, we've moved out of our house, re-located the kids with relatives at the Jersey Shore and I triumphantly ended 8 months of unemployment with a new active duty Navy assignment in Maryland.

All in all, good things

But the writing has suffered. Badly.

No more. This June I'm picking up a ball I dropped when I jumped on a month long blog challenge from Dave Gaughran back in February to do 60K in 30 days.

Why the sudden urgency? Because a personal writing resolution (not one I posted back on my resolutions post) is about to go out the window; to have "hit the button" and been self-published before turning 40. As it happens, I'll be turning 40 in only ten more short days.

Nope. Not gonna have my work ready to roll out by then. No way. Fail.

But, I have my cover finalized, picked my editor and have my outline finally sorted out. So I haven't been totally unproductive. All that's missing now is the good, ole fashion sweat equity.

I recognized long ago that truly productive writing needs to be treated like work. Just like cleaning out your garage, painting that dingy looking room and starting to get yourself back in shape and/or dieting; sometimes you need to put a hot iron to your own ass.

30 days in June; 2k words a night starting right now. That's all I have to say for now.

Wish me luck, I'll keep you posted.

Good times.