Journey To Astera

Road

It’s a rainy day in Atlanta. Normally this type of weather makes me want to sit down and write for hours on end, but today? I feel like I’m dragging ass, trying hard to put one word after another. Today I wanted to give you an update on my upcoming book, To Astera, With Love

Edits
My book is currently with my editor. Because this is the first time I’m working with an editor I didn’t know what to expect. The first thing I learned, however, was to turn off my email notifications. Every time she made an edit or added a comment, I would get a notification and pop open my manuscript to see what she said. This made me far to anxious and so off my notifications went. 

Cover design
My cover is now being designed! I had a very unique vision for my cover, so I knew I had to find someone who could help me execute. I hit up a former coworker who is currently a freelance designer and tattoo artist. We had a long conversation about what I wanted and I was so happy that he caught my vision. I should have a rough draft soon. Once I get the full cover back, I plan to do a cover reveal!

Back cover copy
This was a challenge. I had a hard time narrowing down what information to put in the back cover blurb – after all, you don’t want to put so much information that you turn away potential readers. After running it by several fellow writers, a few friends, and my husband, I’m excited about the first bit of content my future book readers will interact with.

Next steps
This is my first book that I’m working to publish so there’s a lot of things I’m learning on the fly. Thankfully, I found Jane Friedman’s website and her self-publishing checklist. While I am waiting to get my edits back, I plan to do some research on pricing, purchase ISBNs, and develop a robust marketing plan. 

If you’re a published author and have any advice to share about the publishing process, or you’d like to learn more about my upcoming book, I’d love to connect with you! 

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