"The notion that such persons are gay of heart and carefree is curiously untrue. They lead, as a matter of fact, an existence of jumpiness and apprehension. They sit on the edge of the chair of Literature. In the house of Life they have the feeling that they have never taken off their overcoats." - James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times
I've written the book. It's been edited. Formatted for Kindle and paperback. What now? 1. Choose a release date. 2. Start making people want what I've written. I made a couple of videos to kick off the process. One is to give you the release news.
The other is to make you want to know more. Want to know more? Stay tuned.
Extra points if you know what movie that quote is from. After tallying all the comments, the cover art selected is: Cover 2!
Which is, coincidentally, the cover I liked best, too. So now what happens? The manuscript is in its final edits, which means I am reading it aloud one more time. After that, I will begin the formatting. One format for the Kindle, one for the paperback, and possibly one more for the hardcover. My manuscript will be a book. With each platform, I will re-read the book (yes, cover-to-cover), looking for errors. For these re-reads, I will read the actual medium. The e-book will be downloaded to my Kindle. I will order a proof copy of the paperback, and the hardcover. Any changes I make will now have to be made in all the formats, plus the original Word file. It's all painstaking, but IMHO, all worth it. Is perfection too much to ask for? My little author's heart would love to publish it as soon as I get this all finished, but my publisher's head says no. We need to elicit reviews. We need to set up book signings. We need to engage potential readers and build excitement. What do we want? The 5th Peri Minneopa Mystery! When do we want it? NOW! When will we get it?
Extra points for the movie this post's title is from. I've been a busy bunny these past many months, trying desperately to finish the 5th Peri mystery, give it a name, and prepare for its debut. At times, I thought it would never happen. At times, I was willing to "half-ass" it, throw it all together, shrug, and release it without much fanfare. But reason prevailed. I can't release a book I'm not proud to have written. There are a couple of books among the ones I've published that are not my favorites, but I'm not ashamed to have my name on the covers. The more I edited this novel, the more I fell in love with it, and the more justice I wanted to do to the story. The current status is: 1. It's in its final phase with my lovely and talented editor, Jennifer Silva Redmond. 2. It has a title. 3. It has a jacket teaser (that probably still needs tweaking). 4. I have four strong contenders for the cover art. This is where you come in. Take a gander at the cover options I'm considering and let me know your preference. BTW, we can mix and match fonts and colors if you think there's a better combo. People of Earth, I give you: MURDER BYTES P.I. Peri Minneopa has had enough. She’s closing her business, marrying her detective boyfriend, and settling down to a life of ease–until her brother shows up, accused of a murder he swears he didn’t commit. Now she’s back in the thick of things, investigating the death of an engineer who may have been stealing techno-secrets from other companies. Her relationship with her brother is an icy one, at best, and she struggles with her ambivalence, as well as her desire to leave investigative work behind. Digging around in people’s lives is reasonably easy, but when the bullets start flying, will Peri be able to keep her promise? Cover Option 1
Cover Option 2
Cover Option 3
Cover Option 4
Look for one of these covers, and more Peri Minneopa to come your way February 2020!