My publisher just sent me this picture. This isn’t the actual novel that will be sold in stores, but the Advanced Reader Copies that will be sent to national review agencies to create some buzz. Pretty cool!
So the inspiration for The Dreamosphere was dreams, my dreams specifically. I dream Every. Single. Night. And I remember them all. And they are CRAZY! You can not imagine the things that go on in this noggin at night. I finally had enough people say, “You’ve got to write these down,” that I decided to make a story out of it, hence, the book. 🙂 I want to find out what your take is on dreams. Message me with one of your most memorable dreams, and maybe it will end up in my next book! Nothing is too weird (I assure you). Whether the dream is:
I can’t wait to hear about it!
It’s happening. It’s really happening!!! My official book launch has been scheduled, and it is PARTY TIME! I’ll be sending out invites on social media, and through traditional mail closer to the event, but for now, I want to shout it from the rooftops!!! This is actually happening. Me. Author. My book. On shelves. Tis glorious! I hope you’ll all come! Feel free to spread the word.
Saturday, July 12, 2014 – 1:00-3:00 pm – Barnes & Noble – Tempe Market Place
* Treats * Prize Drawings * Autographs * Activities * A Guaranteed Good Time! *
Alright, so here’s a timeline for you:
Nov. 2013 – Submitted my manuscript to about 20 publishers, praying that someone would bite
Dec. 2013 – Got a bite and signed the official publishing contract!
Jan. 2014 – Ramped up marketing and promotional initiative (business cards, media kit, press release, bookmarks, endorsements, etc.)
Feb. 2014 Received substantive edits back from editor
NOW – Working on the edits. This will take about a month. I’ve got to do a little re-working of the story; flesh some things out, explain some things better, maybe even chop some things. A lot of work, but exciting at the same time.
Next – Schedule launch party (probably at Barnes & Noble), visit schools, libraries, youth groups, book clubs, etc. to hand out bookmarks and talk about my book. Do blog tours, media interviews, attend writers conferences, and…and…and…TONS of stuff!
May 2014 – Book goes to print
July 8, 2014 – The world finally gets to experience The Dreamosphere!!!
(sidenote: Porthos, my 15-pound tub of love, thinks I should be focused on him and not my book. An adorable distraction)
So a few nights back I was listening to a webinar by the incomparable Rick Frishman (best selling author, publisher, speaker, superstar, etc. etc. etc.), and through a glorious twist of fortune, I won one of 8 coveted tickets to Author 101 University in Los Angeles this March. This is a huge conference, rife with publishers, authors, marketing experts, agents, Hollywood producers and more. I. CAN. NOT. WAIT. Do you know what a huge blessing and opportunity this is??? Holy tar!!! For a gal who is doing this whole thing blind, just figuring it out as she goes, no event could be better.
So, coming this March, to a theater near you: Laura Does Los Angeles. Yeehaw!!!!
I swear, this process never ends! My current area of focus is endorsement requests. I’ve crafted a letter, made a list of authors and celebrities I admire for one reason or another, tracked down their addresses, and will start sending those out soon. The goal is to get some amazing, dizzyingly positive blurbs about my book for the back cover. Crossing fingers, toes, and eyes that I get some good responses. Eek!
The whole Yoda-ism, “Do or do not, there is no try.” Whoa whoa whoa. I beg to differ, you linguistically-challenged, puckered old artichoke. And yes, that’s what you look like. An artichoke with donkey ears. Here’s why that saying irks me so egregiously: I tried and tried and TRIED to get my book published. For years. I can assure you, though the goal was not immediately met, the term “do not” certainly didn’t apply to all my hard work. There was plenty of DOing during that time. Don’t discount all my efforts, man! You can’t get to DO, if you don’t TRY first. Condescending little gherkin.
Rant off. 🙂 I just don’t like that quote. Obviously.
And holy crap, that’s not at ALL why I started this post! I wanted to share how totally pumped I was after attending an author signing last Saturday. I got to listen to and meet Ransom Riggs (author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children). I gave him my card and we chatted while he was autographing my book, and asked him if I could hit him up for an endorsement (that’s where they put a little blurb on the back of your book saying how amazing it is). He was pretty awesome, so I think he’ll agree. I’m pretty sure we’re gonna be best friends some day. Truth. 🙂 But while I was waiting in line, I got to talk to folks about MY upcoming book and hand out biz cards and network. I also met the store’s book buyer and she thinks we should set up an event for this summer. Maybe even do my launch there… This is thrilling stuff for me, folks!
No, I’m not talking about the plot of my book. I’m talking about the plot of my life right now! You might as well share this journey with me, on the road to seeing my first published novel on shelves. It’s been a ton of work. Can I just say that? It took years to write the book. I had no idea that it would take years more to get published. And guess what? The work is hardly over. Now comes marketing and promotion, which I’m new to, but which I can’t wait to tackle. Because I’m passionate about this book. It is fantastic and glorious, and I want everyone to read it!
I just saw the beautiful cover within the last few weeks and it means this is really happening. Now I have a website (woo hoo–look at me!). Soon I’ll be receiving the revised draft from my publisher, and then will start to make edits. July 14th is the big day! So join me as I go on this new adventure into the unknown. 🙂