Well, that was a dumb title, wasn’t it?
Oh, be quiet. I can title my posts whatever I want to title my posts. It’s blogger’s prerogative. Assuming I used that word correctly. *glares at everyone who questions my vocabulary*
Pub Prep is short for “Publishing Preparation,” which is what I’m doing right now.
(And you thought it was something to do with preparing for a beer-drinking contest … well, think again …) I’m preparing to publish. *squeals*
Okay, yes, I’ve done this before, but it’s more exciting this time because I’ve told myself I’m actually serious about it (hahaha, right). And serious makes things more exciting. #inconsistencies #nothingmakessense
Anyways, I thought you might want to know what I’m doing in an attempt to actually prepare for publishing (and the blog tour and all the lovely stuff), so … here I am. Rambling about my Pub Prep and hoping y’all are still reading.
You probably aren’t.
I’m so hurt.
Really, though, I’m not very offended when people don’t read my blog posts, ’cause, to be honest, I probably forgot to read yours (if you’re a blogger). And I probably didn’t comment even if I did read it. (And if you’re not a blogger, then … you owe me nothing. Au revoir.)
You’re still here? Good.
My Prep Progress was delayed briefly by a camping trip my family dragged me on.
(and dragged is literal …) We drove through an area where there were many farms and ranches. And horses. And cows. And sheep. If I had wanted to be there, I would have been in heaven. Because that’s my kind of land.
However, I didn’t want to be there. I wanted to be home, doing Pub Prep. Besides, it was pretty boring. I read through two pretty long books, half of IvIn, and about a quarter of TDS. I also took 200 selfies.
I’m not joking.
You think I’m joking? Well, what do you say to this:
Whoa, she wasn’t joking …
The president is naming my Selfie Queen as of next Saturday. At the Selfie Queen Ceremony. *nods*
However, now I’m home (as of yesterday), and I can actually do stuff. Pub Prep stuff.
Prep al la Actualle Novelles
I have to proofread both TDS and IvIn. How fun. (Seriously, though, proofing is sooo boring! It was fun at first, but I just don’t want to read these books again. Like, ever. But I have to. Or there will be typos. *sobs*)
But there have been bright points. I mean, The Dressmaker’s Secret is gorgeous.
How can I not be inspired to share this beauty with the world? #justkidding #not #conceitedauthors
(I honestly don’t know what’s up with me and hashtags recently … help? I need a Twitter account? Mom? Whaddaya say? #coaxingparentstoletyoudostuff)
I’m using that proof copy to proof. *nods* #obvious #hashtagsareevil I also just finished (as in five minutes ago) pre-proofing IvIn on Kindle and entering those little edits in. (Reading your book on Kindle is a beautiful way to make sure your book’s not terrible without ordering a whole proof copy. #hasnocash And it feels like reading an actual book. It’s a win-win situation.)
So yeah, now I’ve got my pre-proof ARCs in PDF ready to hand out to my blog tour peeps. After I finishing proof-reading TDS and submit the changes to Createspace and KDP, I am done. I still have to format and order a paperback proof copy of IvIn.
Le Blogge Toure Stuffe
As I said, I’m ready to send ARCs out (thank goodness; I’m running waaaay behind!), and we’re finalizing schedule details now. Thanks so much to everyone who was willing to fill in on empty dates and such to help me make the schedule a little more balanced.
On that note, the signups are now closed.
So, now that I’ve got the ARCs out, I’ve got to make sure I get all the interview questions (both authors and characters), that everyone has the information they need, etc. It’s a lot of work, but it’s not complicated work so much as hard work.
And then I’ve got to prepare a lot of posts … *shivers* I don’t want to talk about it.
I’ve got some loose ends to tie up. The biggest is social media. HOW DO YOU SOCIAL MEDIA?! I frankly have no idea. But I’ve got to figure it out. So I can be an amazing social media person and make people want to read my books. *shrugs*
And … that’s what I’m doing. I’m going to be in a huge rush for the next couple weeks, and I have no idea how I’m going to get all this stuff done, but … *shrugs* I’m going to try. Here’s hoping I won’t fail and have to ‘try, try again.’
Whoever thought up that little ditty must have never failed. He/she plainly had no idea what it’s like to be in a circumstance when you really only get one ‘try’ …
What do you think of my Pub Prep? Should I ever do a post like this again? What are your thoughts of ARCs (advanced review copies)?
I find them somewhat annoying. Their imperfections drive me wild. Are you excited for the blog tour? What about the giveaway? (Yes, there’s a giveaway …)
Do you like chocolate? What’s your personality type? I think I’m an ISTP or an INTJ. Which do you think I am?