Yes! The book is ready to launch. It is now up on Amazon for the Kindle, but the official release date will be Tuesday, March 29th. For those of you who supported my campaign, the book is available TODAY for a FREE Kindle download on March 28th, one day only, so be sure to get out and download a copy on Monday. Thank you for your support. A notice will be sent from Kindle Scout on March 28th telling you the book is ready to download.
If you are on Kindle Unlimited, you may read the book for free at any time for the next few months, and possibly beyond.
My book launch page will be active on March 29, 2016. You will find it this link after midnight PDT.
The paperback copy of the book will be coming in about a week. It takes a little longer to process through CreateSpace and then to Amazon before it will be on Amazon’s sales pages.
Please, please… if you download a free copy and read the book, please post an honest review on Amazon and/or Goodreads, whether it is favorable or not. Amazon policies request that you state you are reviewing a free copy so readers know you received a preview copy. Thank you.
I am so excited to announce that my book is now published at Amazon in both paperback and e-book for the Kindle. While this is not the first book I’ve written, it is the first one to be published.
My thanks to everyone who has supported my efforts on the book and is following me. My heartfelt thanks to the beta readers and editors who helped me whip it into the shape it is. If I’ve missed any spelling or punctuation errors, it is entirely my fault although after eight times through you’d think I would have caught them all.
You can check out the information on my book at my launch page.
Or just go straight to the book page on Amazon.
Here’s the best part. Today only (September 1, 2015), the e-book version of my book can be downloaded for FREE. This is my way of introducing myself to you and giving you the opportunity to read it soon. I do ask that if you enjoy it that you will at least rate it at Amazon and maybe even write a review. Even if it’s not your cup of tea, please leave the feedback. Reviews are really important to all writers, so it will help me out tremendously to have a few reviews, good or not so good, on the book.
Thanks and I really hope you enjoy the read! Feel free to post comments and questions here or on my Facebook page.
Wow! It’s nearly the end of July and I am still editing “Funeral Singer” to get it ready for publication. I’ve had it out to my second round of beta readers and have gotten some great feedback on it. I am hoping to see a little more in the next few days. I am still making some changes as I go through and make spelling and punctuation corrections.
It definitely pays to have other eyes on the manuscript because I managed to miss quite a few things in the last two edits I did on the book. It is so easy for your brain to just correct or ignore the mistakes you make in your own writing. I took a class on proofreading once where the advice from the teacher was to read your work backward. This takes away the familiarity with the project and you are more likely to catch the errors. Other suggestions from writers are: 1) Change the font type and size so it doesn’t look the same. 2) Print the entire manuscript out and read through it with a highlighter, marking the errors. 3) Read it out loud a few times. This also helps with hearing the dialog and if it sounds natural. 4) Use an automated reader program to have it read the book to you so you can listen for odd phrasing, omissions and other errors. This one is really strange to listen to since there is no inflection in the reading.
In a few more days, I will be ordering my first Proof copy of the book so I can read through it to make sure I caught everything. Once I feel comfortable that I’ve done everything I can do to get out a clean copy, it’ll be time to finalize it and release the book. Right now, I am targeting mid-September for the release, but it won’t fly until it’s ready.
One of the things that took a little time was writing the book blurb. These are the back pages of the book where you give a little synopsis of the story to give the potential reader an idea of what the story is about. This is an art and a tricky skill to develop. You have to wonder how much is enough? How much is too much? Have I put in any spoilers? Will this be enough to entice someone to read it?
I am excited to get my first novel out in the world and I hope that it is well-received by those who choose to read it. No matter how you look at it, it will be an adventure. Look for release information to come up next month.