The final proofs have been sent to the publisher and the entire book jacket (front, back, and spine) has been approved as well. The artist/friend did amazing work on it! It blows me away and makes me happy each time I see it. Crazy to think that soon I will be able to actually hold it in my hands and open it and read my story. Eek!
Then the thought of other people doing the same makes me want to throw up a little. It's probably something every author goes through. Maybe not anymore, but I like to think that Stephen King or James Patterson was nervous before their first book was released.
In trying to ease my nerves a bit I've gotten back to writing Book Three. Crazy to think how ahead of the curve you need to be in this whole writing business! I am expecting Book Two from my beta's and can't wait to hear their reactions and tips for improvement. If you are considering writing or publishing a book (self or otherwise) I HIGHLY suggest a great group of beta (or early draft) readers and a good editor. There is nothing more annoying as a reader than a manuscript that you've paid for riddled with mistakes. Not that everything can be caught (heck, I even found a thing or two going through the last draft that needed changing), but it will be much better than what you can do solo, trust me.
I've also started looking into promotional materials as well. These items, like bookmarks and postcards, will be available at signings, but if you aren't able to make it to one or you get a book before and, drop me a line with your address and I'll send you some goodies!
I'm also starting to nail down details for my release day extravaganza!! OK, extravaganza might be a strong word, but I will be partying and would love anyone local to the area or interested to come join in on the fun. Details will be posted as soon as I have them.
In the meantime, if you or anyone you know is interested in Young Adult books, please give them a heads up about Four Corners! Word of mouth is a powerful thing, and believe it or not I am only so loud, so any help I can get from all of you would be amazing. Or perhaps you know a teacher or writers group that would like to have a speaker at, I'm game for anything! I'd just love the opportunity to put FC in as many hands as I can. Reading is a wonderful and powerful thing, especially in teen years. Some of the most meaningful books I've read in my life were between the ages of 14 and 16 and I'm so excited to be a part of bringing a new story to a new group of people.
When I think about that, it pushes any anxiety I may have about the process, at least for a little while...