Soooo at the beginning of the year, I decided I had to get that done! If I am going to do something, it needs to be done right! I spent part of January and half of February reediting The Key to Her Heart. It really was in pretty good form. There were only a few things needing some fixing. During that time, I spoke to some small publishers and tried to decide how I wanted to go with republishing and talked with several people on how to go about marketing. I also redid my website and began using Instagram, and reading books from some of my favorite experts and over all redid my presentation of me. It was kind of tedious and kind of fun. Had new photos taken. I didn't think that would be fun, but it really was. As I got all the pieces of my platform in place, and The Key ready, it was time to republish...
I worked on formatting to be sure it was right. The next three weeks I worked on uploading it to CreateSpace. Every problem you could imagine came up! I even had to change what I was using for word processing! But finally... Just yesterday morning... got everything in and I ordered my proof copies! I am over the moon!
Also I need to give a huge shout out for Self Pub Book Covers for the front cover, and most recently the spine and back cover. Just wait until I post the pictures! They did such a magnificent job on the cover! It is beyond my wildest dreams! So I can't wait to show you the results and see what you think. I will be going to my first vendor fair on March 18th here in the Quad Cities.
Now for news on Patrick's Rose... My new word processing program should actually make editing a little more seamless, and as I get closer to publication maybe there won't be the problems that I had with republishing The Key to Her Heart. Planning on releasing Patrick's Rose in August. I've been working on formatting and editing almost as tirelessly as I worked on republishing and my writing platform. Below I am going to add a sneak peek to whet your appetite, but first I should tell you a little about Patrick's Rose...
The scene I am going to share is set on Catalina Island; a small island right off the California coast. By ferry boat it is about an hour to an hour and half away from Newport Beach or Long Island. It is a little further from San Diego. It is a very Caribbeanish place with little shops, tours and a very festive feel to it. When I was a kid my mom and family would go kid free to spend the day on Catalina. I didn't get to go there until I graduated from high school then I spent the weekend on the island and explored to my heart content. As I was rewriting Patrick's Rose, I thought there couldn't be any place cooler for a photo shoot than Catalina Island. It sets up a really neat scene. Below is the sneak peek. Read it to see what you think. This is from chapter 12 after Anna has taken over World Stage Clothing. (The pictures I added to show some of the scenery I was writing, but they won't be in the book.)
This is the update... Hope I whet your appetite a little, but more than anything, hope this gave you the info on what I am doing.
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There are still some kinks I am working out, but pretty proud that I built it myself... Anyway, this is Cat out. Have an awesome day!