So much has been happening this past week! The ball is rollin' folks! And I could not be more excited!
As you can see by my Facebook page, if you follow it, I have launched the first introduction into the Northern Kingdom. I know I briefly introduced you to it in the last blog post, possibly teased you with it, but I wanted to put the feelers out there for you. The Northern Kingdom rocks! :) Well, I tell you that because I wrote them. You can determine if they rock or not when you read the book.
But what else has happened this week?
Well I wanted to update you on the whole publishing process. It's been different for me this go around since I am with a different publisher. So I thought I would share.
Normally the small things like ISBN Assignment, Copyright, LOC recording, etc. are all handled by your publishing company. You pay for these services... but they usually do it for you. The company I am with now has the author take care of all of this. And boy.... it's kind of been a learning curve. I am okay with doing them on my own, because financially it is extremely cheaper to do it yourself than to pay for a middle man, but I had to do my research beforehand. So as of this week, final copyright is under way. This is a long process. It could take up to 8 months for the government to process this. My work is protected already, but the official certificate will come in the mail months from now. Lame..... I know. ;)
Second thing was the ISBN Assignment. This is a big deal too. Easy to obtain, but a big role that little barcode has on the back of a book. ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number... did you know this???
I actually didn't know what it exactly stood for until I researched it. But basically forever and ever my book will be listed online and in bookstores under this particular number. It is tied to my name forever. Not a commitment for the faint of heart, right? ;) It will never change and it is forever tied to that particular publisher and book. Pretty awesome right?
So that has been taken care of this week as well.
I also have my manuscript in the hands of my final editor. She is working on it as we speak! Woo Hoo! My Pre-Readers are finishing up, and I should have my first input back by the end of this week. Way ahead of my December 15th deadline for them. I love when deadlines aren't even needed. ;)
Also, something extremely cool was I chatted with a man this week as a resource. An orthopedic surgeon to be exact. Talk about an interesting conversation. haha. But I was able to pick his brain on the process of certain injuries, surgeries, and healing procedures. Yes.... for this book. :) Don't you want to know why???? Well, you will just have to read the book. :) Muhahahahaha. BUT it was so fun and fascinating! I love tapping into other people's skills and knowledge for research purposes! :)
So... all in all, it was a productive week! Lots of good stuff going on and wrapping up so that this book can hit the market! So exciting! :) I will keep you posted on even more stuff as it comes about!
Welcome to the Northern Highlands.... the head throne of the Realm.
A picturesque land full of rolling waves of fresh, green grass and the rushing Rollings River.
A land where King Granton rules supreme with a fair and honest hand. Yet... despite the calm façade, the Realm has one major problem... The Unfading Lands.
But before you read of that particular issue, I want to give you a peek at the Northern Kingdom.
Who rules the Realm and sits on the throne in the North? King Granton
His children: Prince Edward, Princess Alayna, and Princess Elizabeth
What is so great about the Northern Kingdom?
Its influence. The Northern Kingdom is the head throne of the entire Realm. What King Granton decides, goes. When he says jump, the other kingdoms jump. When he says stay, the other kingdoms stay. That's how the ball rolls in the Realm.
What will King Granton do to face the threat of the Unfading Lands?
What ties does the Northern Kingdom have with the Unfading Lands?
Why do The Unfading Lands threaten the Northern Kingdom and the Realm?
I don't want to give too much away, because of course, I want you to read the book. :) However, I DID want to give you a brief introduction to the individual kingdoms and the people that live there. You will get to know these characters better... trust me. :)
I wanted to give you some questions that you will be asking as you read the book and also some questions that will be fulfilled by the book.
Plus.... how cool is that Coat of Arms, right?!!!!!! ;)
Well the time has come!!!!
A few Pre-Readers received their copies of the book this weekend and have gotten underway!
I am a little nervous/excited/sick to my stomach... haha... BUT I also know that I can never expect to put a book out on the market if I do not intend for people to actually read it, right? ;)
So why am I letting people read it before it's in book format????
Well, the answer is this: So I know if people are going to like it!!!!!
Pretty simple, right?
How are the Pre-Readers chosen?
Randomly. I have several reasons why I choose certain people, even when they do not know the reasons themselves. I look for how avid a reader they are. I want someone who reads all the time and I want someone who is quite the opposite.
I want someone who loves to read fiction, and someone who does not.
I also pull from different ages. Currently my readers range from the age of 24-62 .... not bad. :)
What do they have to do?
They read. :)
They sign a paper swearing their life away.... okay, not really. But they do have to sign a legal document stating they cannot share anything about the book until it is published. :) So you can't pester them. :)
Then after they are done, they answer a series of questions for me.
Who their favorite character is? Least favorite?
What scenes do they like the best?
Those types of questions.
What do I do with their answers?
I use them for feedback. Sometimes I will change how I word things, if a scene was unclear.
Sometimes I will add a few extra scenes to build the backstory of a character, if they felt that character needed a better description.... those types of things.
It also allows me to gauge the reaction on how people feel about the book as a whole. Was it a page turner? Did they struggle even getting through it?
Basically, all of their information provides me with feedback from an actual audience, and I can tweak my novel before I have it officially nailed down for publishing.
Not every author does a test audience. I debated, but eventually realized that with my nerves the way they are, I wanted to know what people thought to make sure I was even onto something. :)
Yes, it makes the process a little longer, but I feel it pays off in the end.
Thank you to those who have taken the time to be Pre-Readers.... if my long list of questions does not scare you off, I would love to use some of you again! ;)
Four Kingdoms: The Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern face off against The Land of Unfading Beauty.
Love, Loss, and Betrayal.
Victory, Defeat, and Power.
Where does your allegiance lie?
Who will cross the boundary line into The Land of Unfading Beauty? What are the consequences? Why is it so tempting?
Which kingdoms will unite together as one? Is this possible? Should they even want to? Should they even have to?
Oh yes... this is a teaser for you. These are questions I am DYING to answer for you! ;)
However, these are questions you must answer yourself!
This month I will be introducing you to the four kingdoms as well as the Unfading Lands. You can decide which kingdom you wish to represent. :)
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