First of all, I want to tell everyone how awesome you are! Mu-ah! I LOVE all your support and encouragement.
I know you're eagerly waiting to get more of Kan and the team's story. I'm anxious for you to get it as well. To tell you the truth, the publication of Taking on the Dead went WAY better than I expected. I'm still in shock and awe of everyone's kind words and excitement. No one will ever know how much that means to me as a new author.
With all the rush over it, I have to say, it added pressure. A kind of pressure I wasn't expecting or even knew existed. My revisions for Controlling the Dead are gruesome right now, even though they are nearly complete. I felt I was rushing through it in order to get it to you. I couldn't continue to push myself. It wasn't working and it was showing. I was getting into a real funk over it, and reading negative reviews doesn't help. So I took a much needed break for the holidays from revising and my regular social networking. By the way, I hope Santa was good to everyone. If you're like me, you probably had to buy your own gifts.
Taking on the Dead will be out in paperback in a few short weeks. It will be available for purchase right here via Paypal, and I’ll sign it. I’ll also have swag available for purchase (cheap) including Controlling the Dead swag.
As for Controlling the Dead...
As I’ve gotten back into the swing of things, I've picked back up with revisions and editing. When I'm finished, I'll have more of a timeline of when it'll be published. I know I originally planned to have it out by now- only because it was already written. The thing about these revisions though, I know some of you know this already, but when I first wrote The Famished Trilogy, it was written in past tense. Not too long before I published Taking on the Dead did I decide to turn it into present tense. So as I'm revising, I'm also changing tense. Which is tedious. Very tedious. Please have some patience with me... these are my first full novels. I probably shouldn't have published them at all, but it is what it is. I can tell a huge difference (when I get into the zone of my new series) in my writing. It’s improved since I’m learning instead of typing out a story on the screen. As I write and publish the less time it will take for me to revise and edit before sending it off to betas and editors. I hope all of this makes sense.
My graphic designer and I are still working on the cover for book two. For some reason, it's not right and it's already been through several revisions. I've decided, today actually, I'm going to take my own photos for the cover. I have a SUPER awesome friend, *cough* Laurin *cough* who will be posing as Kan so this cover can be just as awesome as the first.
When revisions are done, I'll hold a giveaway for advanced readers copies. Keep checking back!
If you live in the area, I’ll be making some appearances…
I’ll be participating in a signing with some other talented indie authors. This includes Emily Goodwin, author of The Contagion Trilogy. I want to make sure the date is certain before I give out that information. It will be in the Nashville area in mid-March.
On April 13th, I’ll be transformed into a zombie for a Run for your Lives event. There is still plenty of space for you to be turned into a zombie as well. This event will be held in Chapmansboro, TN. CLICK HERE for more information!!!
June 28th-30th I’ll be at UTopYA in Nashville, TN. Since this is a YA conference, I’m there as a reader. I’m going to meet a lot of people in person that I’ve gotten to know in the past year. Just because I’m not there on a panel or behind a booth does not mean I wouldn’t love for you to join us!
Make sure to let me know if you are going!