On making traction with book 2

Feb 27

So.

Book two.

The sequel.

Underground.

Well, the good news is that I’ve been writing. Or, at the very least, I’ve been trying to write, very hard. And I’ve got some good stuff going. It’s just that it isn’t all coming as easily or as quickly as I kind of thought it might. In the first few weeks post-release of Terra, I was SO PSYCHED about getting started on Underground. I flushed out my main plot points and character additions right away, and was all set to get down to business and crank the story out. See, I was just so eager to get the next part of the story out to you all! So eager, in fact, that it didn’t hit me until I actually sat down with a blank Scrivener window open in front of me that I have no idea how to start a sequel.

I know that I’ve probably got rose-colored glasses on when I think about how it was to write Terra, but it just seemed so EASY to do in comparison with this one. I feel like there’s so much more to consider, more to worry about, more to really THINK THROUGH with book 2. Because not only do I have to continue on with the loose threads left hanging from book 1, but I have to think them ALL the way through with how I want them to tie up in book 3. It’s just kind of a different beast than creating a world and story and characters all from scratch.

I kind of equate to how it feels when my house gets really, really messy. Sometimes, it gets so messy that I think, “It would be so much easier if I could just move all my crap into a brand new house, and set up shop all over again.” As if it would somehow be less work to start over from the very beginning, instead of cleaning up the messes that I’ve already made. When, in reality, it’s the same amount of work–or, actually, probably more–but it’s just different. And because it’s a completely different task than the one I have in front of me, somehow my brain translates that into being easier.

Okay, so it’s not a perfect metaphor. But basically what I’m trying to say is that I’m still learning a lot about how this book-writing thing goes. And I understand why some authors choose to only write stand-alone books. Because thinking things in a serial way can be really challenging. It’s super rewarding, because it means the story gets to continue and I get to keep living with these heroic, passionate, fiery, snarky, getting-more-and-more-kickass-by-the-day characters. But challenging.

I was in a bit of a writing funk for the past couple of weeks that I’ve only just started to crawl back out of. My mind being split between continue to market and promote Terra, while simultaneously wanting to have the words for Underground magically fly out of my fingertips at the drop of the hat, not to mention that little ol’ dayjob I’m still plugging away at… it’s a lot of mental juggling. But I’m VERY happy to say that I’m finally back in a good place with my writing, with scenes starting to pop into my mind and characters developing in a not-annoying way (for a little while there, Terra was getting so angsty she was starting to border on Order of the Phoenix-Harry Potter and that was NOT a good thing).

Despite the fact that things are progressing more slowly than I originally would have liked, I think I’m still well on track for getting Underground out sometime this summer! Another plus for self-publishing, right? Slightly less torturous wait times between books (I’m looking at you, Divergent #3!). So here’s to many more inspired nights of writing (my brain is still a dbag who only seems to let me write between the hours of 10 PM and 3 AM), more intrigue, more world-building, more revelations, and more Terra!

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On kicking off my book tour!

Feb 19

So today marks day 1 of Terra’s book blog tour — something that I have been anticipating like crazy for the past month! I had the good fortune to meet Laurynne from Coffee, Books, and Lipgloss through the magical world of Goodreads, and she told me about her new book tour service: CBL Book Tours. She very generously offered to throw together a digital book tour, and here we are!

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The blog tour spans over the course of the next couple of days, with book bloggers from across the interwebs (and the globe!) weighing in with their thoughts on Terra. Some also chose simply to promote the book without a review. If you’re interested in following the blog tour, the participating blogs are listed below!

I’m obviously very excited to see what comes from this promotional effort in terms of sales and exposure, but I can already say that working with Laurynne and CBL Tours has been a dream. All I had to provide was some information about the book, myself, and, of course, the digital copies to be distributed to bloggers, and she has taken care of everything else! Also, I’m doing another giveaway! Huzzaaaahh! Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter for a chance to win a signed paperback or a digital copy in your format of choice.

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On sale!

Feb 17

Just stopping in for a quick little announcement: Terra is on sale! For a limited time, snag the eBook version for your Kindle, Nook, Kobo, or iPad/iPhone for just $3.99!!

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Happy President’s Day!

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