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My book cover for The Big Smoke is done!

Hello from Cally land! 🙂

Firstly, I’d like to thank all of my wonderful commenters who convinced me that it would be a bad, bad, bad idea to send out Advanced Review Copies of my book The Big Smoke before I have it edited. I’ve taken your advice on board and tucked my impatience in my back pocket. (Sigh…. 😉 )

The next test for my patience is my cover. After many versions and lots of brainstorming with the designer, we’ve finally got it perfect. Considering I had no idea what to put on the cover, I’m thrilled with how it’s come together.

So, you’re probably asking, what are you impatient about? You’ve got the cover, what more do you want? Well now I want to share it with you! It’s taking all of my strength not to include it in this post, because I’m so excited about it.

But again, I want your advice/opinion (I know, I’m so demanding!). How soon before the book is available should I reveal the cover? I’d like to do a blogfest with a fun theme so the cover is revealed on several blogs at the same time, but I’m not sure how long I should wait before I do it.

I’m planning for the book to be available by mid-October, and obviously I’d like to build some buzzzzz before the release. If it was up to me, I’d do the cover reveal blogfest at the start of August, but something tells me that might be too soon and the buzzzzz could fade before the book comes out. When the book is released, I’ll be doing a blog tour and hoping to have some (preferably favourable) book reviews popping up around the blogosphere so that would help to re-build the buzzzzz, but I’d prefer for it to continue to build rather than have to re-build, if that makes sense!

So, what do you think? When is the best time to do a cover reveal blogfest?  Six weeks out? Two weeks out? Somewhere in between?

Also, if you’re keen to take part in the blogfest, let me know in the comments and I’ll add to you the list (and you’ll get to see the cover before everyone else so you can post it on your blog!)



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Patience is not one of my strong points

I’ve never been a particularly patient person. As a child, I’d always go hunting for my birthday presents ahead of time. Invariably, I’d find them hidden in Mum’s cupboard and be disappointed that I hadn’t waited for the special day.

Considering my track record, it’s no surprise that I’m chomping at the bit to just get my book, The Big Smoke, out there already!

At the moment, I’m working on a cover design with a great artist, and, after a bit of hunting, I’ve found an editor who seems to ‘get’ the novel’s voice and who I’m looking forward to working with.

Really, things are going along quite well. But… I hate waiting. After providing feedback on a version of the cover, I hate the idle time before I get the next version. And I hate the idea of waiting for weeks on end for my editor’s feedback.

Ugh, I’m so impatient. It’s not a good trait, I know. Quality takes time, and I am prepared to wait to get it right. I just wish I didn’t have to. I wish it’d magically happen overnight. But it’s important to me that the final product is as polished and professional as possible, so wait I will. *Exaggerated sigh*

Question for you, though. Is now the time to send out Advanced Review Copies (ARCs)? Some of the novel’s wording will obviously change through the editing process, but the plot is set. I’m hoping the book will be ready for release by October – so is now a good time to get that review ball rolling? Or should I wait for the copy edit to be finished? If it’s too early and I’m just letting my enthusiasm get the better of me, feel free to say so!

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

Hurry up and comment already. I’m impatient, remember? 😉


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