Last week, I shared some exciting news, that Quarantine Stories is going to be my first self-published book. This week the journey continues as I work my way towards publishing what I hope will be the first of many successful books. Last Thursday, I sent my manuscript off to my copyeditor, all 96K words of it! Holy moly that might be my longest manuscript to date. (I tend to stay between 80-90K.) Just prior to sending it off, I reread through each story, adding little things that I wanted to, that enhance the stories. It seemed that after I published each one originally, I’d have this great idea or little piece to put into each work to make it more special, but the story was already published live. For the book version, I actually put these fun details into the stories, and it made my romantic heart swoon.
Once the manuscript was off, I took a dig deep breath and relaxed for half a second before I set onto my next task, starting to envision what the cover will look like. As someone who works in marketing and PR this sets my creative mind into overdrive. I’d been thinking about what a cover would look like for months, and then one afternoon it came to me. I sketched it as quickly as possible. I mean when you think about it, how to you convey twenty-five unique love stories on one cover without using something generic, like a face mask, or graphics of germs in this case? Well, I think I have figured it out, but you will all have to wait, as I work on getting the concept into reality. Super cool and exciting though!
I’ve also worked on the dreaded author bio, and book blurb for the book. I have known so many incredibly talented authors who are amazing, prolific writers, but when you ask them to write about themselves they clam-up. Isn’t it funny how life works? Thankfully, I didn’t find this task too difficult but I found a great resource online that helped me demystify it all. This great post from the ReedsyBlog gave me great guidance, and I actually ended up with a bio that I like.
I also had to write the dust jacket description of the book in this past week. As a marketer this should be relatively easy, ha! I’ve never written a blurb for a story collection before. I also don’t ready many short story collections so I didn’t know what a good bio would look like for one. So I set off to Google and did some research. I found a really fun blurb generator, but it didn’t really suit my needs, so I kept looking. I’ll go back and play with the blurb generator later, it looks like a lot of fun.
I actually did find a useful guide on the website Writer’s Write. What a great name for a website for writers! They gave this guidance on how to construct a book blurb for a collection of short stories, and it was easy. In full disclosure, I wrote a blurb and then I went looking for advice to spice up what I already had. Upon reading this article I scratched what I originally had and started from scratch using their method, and it came out really well!
I also started the marketing plan for the book. So far this has been pretty easy, as it is my profession. I’ve also had developments in that regard as well. As of this Friday, I will technically be unemployed. However, this is not a sad or bad thing. My kids are home e-learning, and in between math lessons, and spelling tests I’ll be writing and marketing my upcoming book. I look forward to seeing where this time will take me creatively as well.