The Dark Curse and Death Made Me Do It

*dusts off her blog and fluffs it up a little* It’s been a while.

Despite the challenges my family has faced recently and the challenges we’ve all faced through this pandemic, I have surprisingly been productive. As some of you may know, Detective Docherty and the Dark Curse has officially been published, both the eBook and Paperback are now available for purchase. You can check them out here.

The paperbacks are only available on Amazon at this time, but I am looking to change that, at least so that my readers can order them into their preferred stores ^_^ It’s on the to-do list!

Additionally, Death Made Me Do It, the sequel to I Fell in Love with a Necromancer, is right behind it! For the first time since I’ve become an author, not only did I announce an official publication date, but I also set up a pre-order!

It might surprise some of you, given I’ve been publishing since 2012, but it’s taken me years to hammer out a solid process that works for me. Considering everything that could go wrong, announcing a publication date for a book had always been terrifying to me.

From the moment I receive the final edits to pressing the publish button, there are a lot of things that can go wrong, particularly with paperbacks. There are even times I think about dropping paperbacks entirely because of the hair-pulling frustration I get from them, but the classic reader in me refuses to give up.

I graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies and had zero experience with any kind of illustration or graphic design when I started. Book sizing and DPI were confusing, I struggled with fonts and licensing, and formatting and sizing the manuscript itself was a nightmare for me. I had no idea what I was doing. Keep in mind as well, it can be one to two years between each publication, so I would have to re-teach myself how to do everything–and then forget by the time I had to do it again.

This year, I finally have a firm grasp on what I am dong. Thanks to the power of the internet and an app called Procreate, things are a lot more straight forward. Additionally, some of my new covers were created by other artists and they do the fonts, blurb, and sizing which is just ❤

I am working on my art and furthering my understanding of graphic design in order to produce my own covers and illustrated novels some day, but that’s another blog post!

Meanwhile, the pre-order is up:

The pre-order sale for Death Made Me Do It is on till June 20th, the official publication date! Click HERE to pre-order.

Because of the aforementioned struggles with paperback publishing, I gave myself three months to get everything together before the publication date. That might seem like a lot, but here’s a look at everything that needs to be done before then:

  • Slap the front and back matter into both the Ebook and Paperback (About, Links, Other Books etc)
  • Upload eBook manuscripts to all platforms and review them. Set publication date (if you dare)
  • Upload paperback, check size, and notify cover artist so they can size your cover correctly and send it your way
  • Upload cover and order proofs
  • Create promotional material for per-order/book release date
  • Schedule mailing list announcement and social media posts
  • Book giveaway??????
  • Blog tour?????
  • Approve of proof or fix what needs to be fixed
  • Eventually publish OMG

I am sure I am forgetting something, but as you can see, there’s a lot to do and pushing a publication date back by three months was essential.

Things are looking good so far, though the books I’d ordered for a giveaway are not going to get here till June 10th (because I’m in Canada and prints from the states *shakes fist*) and that’s too close to June 20th for me.

Until the books are physically in my hands, it’s not happening. If I set up my first giveaway and my books don’t arrive in time (which has been the case since the pandemic started) and there’s a delay in shipping them, that would be incredibly disappointing for the winners and for me.

From what I’ve read, a book giveaway is ideal before the release of a new book, but I am okay doing the giveaway after the publication date to be on the safe side. Either way, it will still generate new followers and hopefully new readers.

What’s next?

I am currently working on a short story/novella for the necromancer series. Inspiration struck and I felt there was a story to be told between the second novel and the third. The novels already run pretty short, so I’m not sure if this one will be publishable in paperback or simply sold as an eBook. We’ll just have to see ^_^

Other than that, I’ve been working on my art skills. It’s difficult juggling both writing and art, but I am making progress. In fact, I shall update you on my art progress in my next blog post!

Till then, I am off to keep working. Stay safe and I hope you are all well ^_^


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