I'm going to submit Incendiary to the publisher on Monday. I love you guys. Thank you for supporting and encouraging me. I'm so very grateful. This is my favorite song right now (I'm obsessed with it). It sounds like Russell, but the lyrics remind me of Reed, so I put it on Reed's playlist on Spotify. It's called HO HEY by THE LUMINEERS...
I wrote another chapter to finish Incendiary. There are now 29 chapters (<--I know, insanity, traditional publishers are scoffing at me). Drink coffee. Lots and lots of coffee and I apologize up front for the book hangover. That's what took me so long...well, that and the teaser chapter I wrote and added for book 5 Iniquity. I know...there is just too much story left to tell so I have to go with it. I'm planning on working on my new series, too. I can write them at the same time. It's fun to go back and forth between stories. That's what I did when I was writing Incendiary (I wrote it alongside Kricket--the new series).
The next step is submitting the manuscript of Incendiary to the publisher. It usually takes 2-3 months to publish and appear on Amazon. Then, it takes 2-3 weeks after that to convert it to a mobi file for Kindle. So you'll be able to buy it in print before you can buy it as an ebook. (I know that reeks. Sorry!)
I have to create the blurb for the back of the book. For each of the sequels, I usually find a dramatic paragraph or two in the book and use it. I'm not sure if this is the best strategy for book blurbs, but I should continue the trend now that I did Intuition and Indebted like that. Book blurbs are really hard for me to write, but I'm not complaining because I have the luxury (yes, I said luxury) of being able to write my own blurb. I have creative control of what you read, good or bad, it's mine. It comes from me.
I will give you a step-by-step update of what I'm doing and where I am in the publishing process as we go forward. I want to do this because there are a few people interested in how publishing works. I have to say up front that I do things differently than most Indie authors. I publish my print books first and then I have it converted to an ebook. I do it that way because there are so many more chances to catch an error. I also like how the ebooks turn out on Amazon when they are formatted by a professional. I convert my own files on Smashwords. I want to release them at the same time. I will also be putting Indebted on Smashwords (so it will be loaded to B&N, Kobo, Apple, Sony, etc.) now that I'll have more time. I'll let you know when that happens.
If you're interested in listening to any of the character playlists I have created, you can join Spotify for free. Here is a link to Spotify: http://www.spotify.com/us/
If you absolutely need to talk to me (and I completely understand that because I have a hard time sometimes responding to comments here--I read them all, I just wish I had more time!!! :D) you can find me on Facebook and try to get me there. Here's a link to my Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/authoramyabartol?ref=hl
You can get my attention on Twitter, too. Again, thank you for your encouragement and your extreme awesomeness. I'm really lucky to have you!!
AMY A. BARTOL
I'm not a Pepper or the car I drive.
Evie's Playlist on Spotify
Reed's playlist on Spotify
Russell's Playlist on Spotify
Brennus' Playlist on Spotify
The Fellas' Playlist on Spotify
Zephyr's Playlist on Spotify