Turns out it is time consuming to have a book one month away from release date. While also working full time. And trying to keep writing new fiction because I just go CRAZY if I feel like I’ve made no progress on my other stories. I really don’t like not working on anything, but at the moment I’m finding it so hard to fit it all in! Which I guess is not really that surprising! :)
This is the post I've been most excited about writing in this series, because I have lots of cool behind the scenes drafts and stuff to share!
To start with, my question was - Do authors get to choose their own book covers?
The answer to that is no. Mostly. Usually.
Authors don't usually get a lot of input at all into stuff like that. And that of course makes sense, because it is really a marketing decision, and therefore is managed by professionals in that field.
However, I am very excited to say my story is a little different.
Yeah, I had to get one of these. A professional one. And of course I messed up my hair the day before so it was a weird colour. And obviously the picture I chose looks like I’m not wearing any pants (I am) and I also forgot to take off the dumb hair-band I was wearing around my wrist. And I really felt so awkward when I get my photo taken and I think my smile looks really strange.
This post talks about the author questionnaire, which was something I had to fill out very early on in the publication process.
It is basically an information request from a publisher, to see what (or who) you know that might be helpful for your publicity or marketing, and also to see what interesting stories there may be behind your work.
And my understanding is, the more they know about you the better!
Well here it is, the end of the year. The end of 2018! And instead of writing a big reflection post I thought I'd put this collection of all my monthly diary entries of the year together instead (mainly because I am on holiday and it is hot and I'd rather be at the beach :) And I am lazy! Ha!).
In reflection, this is what I have achieved in 2018, and I'm not going to lie, I feel very proud of it!
Signed my first book contract for my YA debut novel
Worked with an editor to get it ready for publication
Wrote 3 first drafts (2 super rough and one edited fully)
Read 61 books (3 adult novels and the rest YA books)
Was brave and attended book events and made new friends (through my cool book club and new author friends)
It is interesting to me, because in a lot of ways you expect that when you finally achieve a goal you've held dear for years, you will suddenly feel very different, very fulfilled and very satisfied. I don't think it's really the case.
Basically, your goals just immediately shift to something new (published one book? Now you can't stop thinking about publishing another one!). This means I still spend every waking moment refreshing my inbox to see if the status of my ongoing projects has changed... anything new? What's happening?
I guess it is good in some ways, because that feeling does keep driving me onwards, which can only be a good thing. But it was definitely a surprise, and not something I expected.
This has made me think about reflecting, and how important and healthy that can be, no matter what stage you are at in a career.
Well a lot happened this month, the biggest thing ever basically being that I got to hold an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) of my actual book, Making Friends with Alice Dyson.
It is heavier than I expected, and just freaking beautiful, very bright and sweet and lovely. So yeah, I’m pretty over the moon about that! And realistically it has overshadowed all the other things I was doing this month. To be honest I can’t even remember them. Did I even do anything else? Nah. I just stared at my book.
Well this is a moment I’ve been waiting for since forever. Well six years maybe. Which included five years of trying to get published and the past almost year of getting this book ready to go with my publishers, Wakefield Press. Which means obviously I’ve spent a lot of time imagining what kind of cover I would like for my book. And you know what? I really couldn’t have ever imagined anything as beautiful as this one! I mean, check out my name on the cover!
It’s my name! On a book! That I wrote!
And also check out that quote by VIKKI WAKEFIELD, an author whose work I just love and admire, and have done for a really long time, and look at what she said! About my book! It kind of blows my mind. So yeah.... today was a good day.