publishing, writing

All the books!

IMG_20150906_162125144_HDRMy second, third and fourth order of books arrived over the last week and WOW!!! They look amazing. I’m blown away. My amazing designer has completely out done herself, again!!

Now that the books are all here I can complete several important jobs that have been hanging over me for a bit. Like mailing the deposit copies to the national library, getting a few orders in the post, and last but certainly not least, sending copies down to Writer’s Plot, Readers Read. This new indie book store is opening at the beginning of October, stocking NZ authors by the droves! I’m pretty chuffed that my books will appear on their shelves 🙂

NZIBFI’m pretty much organized for the New Zealand Independent Book Festival now. Just waiting on the last bit of mail.

Leigh K Hunt and I are excitedly making plans for our weekend in Auckland, gathering bits and pieces to use in our display. It’s fun stuff! Last night I was driving home from a friends house and there was a ‘free 2 u’ sign on the side of the road, with some old school hessian covered room dividers. I could only fit half of it in my car, but it will be put to good use 😉

Anyway, that’s me for now! I’m hoping to have some other stuff to share in the very near future!

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Burn, publishing, Sun-Touched, writing

On making mistakes, silver linings, and working too hard.

SunTouched_ECover_10-8-15v2Last week a dear friend let me know that there was an error in the digital version of Sun-Touched. My heart stopped beating because I knew I’d generated that from the same file I’d generated the print copy, which meant that the print books I had ordered all had the same error.

A doubled up chapter. Somehow, I had inserted Chapter 21 in its slot, as well as Chapter 27. (the book is there in it’s entirety, I later realized that there was NO chapter 27 in my final proofed doc for some reason! lol)

Much to my amazement, I didn’t cry, I didn’t even feel anxious because it was DONE. No way to change it. The books were printed, the order had shipped. There is very little point ‘crying over spilt milk’ as they say. I was miffed that I had missed it, and initially worriedsick about losing the money I had sunk into those books – I work hard editing to save the funds I need to pay for my publishing, and pride myself on paying for all my business expenses from money I’ve earned – but then I tweeted about it, and Fb’d some friends and you know what? So many people want a copy of the version with the error that I know I’m going to have no trouble selling them. And when people say things like ‘It will be worth heaps when you’re famous!’ it’s a lovely boost.

So, I might have screwed up, but I was reminded of how supportive my friends and fans are, and I got to see that actually, I’m really am a lot better balanced than I thought I was these days. Husband dearest had no worries with me ordering a new lot of books for the NZ Independent Book Festival with his money, and I will be able to pay him back in the very near future.

Feels good! Boom! First massive stuff up made and recovered from!

In other news, I’ve been a tad flat this last week or so as well. I’ve been working my butt off for the last several months, first on my own stuff, and then on a bunch of jobs for others. My slate cleared and it felt AMAZING, and then I slumped. Apparently a Cassie without a project isn’t really a good thing. She kind of just wanders around feeling out of sorts with the world. I had reached the end of my ‘plan’ and failed to make a new one – I’ve rectified that issue now!

Today, I start work on the sequel to Burn. It’s untitled yet, but I have a plan! Really excited to get writing 🙂

Oh and happy September!! WTF?! How did that happen?!