This week, my husband's sweet grandma Dorothy is turning 100! I don't know about you guys, but that's a little mind-blowing. In my family, the oldest person died at 97, and that was when I was a kid. My grandfather is pushing 95, but I've never personally known anyone who lived to be 100. That's amazing!
So we headed to PA to celebrate with the whole family! It was a really fun event complete with a one-man band (her favorite)!
But now that I'm home, it's time to crack down on the last few weeks of summer. So much to do! With just two and a half weeks before teachers report to school, I have my work cut out for me. In August, I'll be working on:
1. Getting all my books into paperback - Once upon a time, all my books were published in paperback with Createspace. But then CSP went the way of the dinosaurs and we authors were forced to reupload all files directly into Amazon. It's a lot of work, particularly if you have a dozen novels that need updated backmatter and some fancification (yes, I made that up lol).
2. Setting up ads - This is one area where I feel like I've really failed as an author. Marketing is my struggle (it feels like waving a banner on the corner and begging for money) but I know I can do anything I set my mind to! So I'm focusing on creating higher quality graphics and implementing more effective ads on Amazon, Facebook and BookBub. Right now, I'm in the trial phase. I want to find out which types of graphics work and which audiences are most responsive. It's a ton of work, but hopefully putting in the hours now will pay off throughout the school year when my time is less available.
What do you think?
3. Querying agents - In the past, I've been pretty tight-lipped about my querying process. Part of that is because I hate to announce my progress and then have to face the utter humiliation of announcing my failure. But the other part is that I'm a bit superstitious about it. Like if I talk about it enough, I'll jinx it into oblivion. So this here is me being really brave!
Last week, I sent the first queries to agents for Of Majick and Memories. Here's where my progress stands so far:
Agents queried: 4
Partial Requests: 1
Full Requests: 0
Offers of Rep: 0
It's not much to go on, but this gives me a lot of hope! I'm keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed and hoping for the best. This week, I'll select another four agents to query. After that, I'll take a break and evaluate. Is my query less effective than I intended? Is my synopsis off? Are my first pages failing to hook? So many factors to consider!
4. Publishing Guarding Reese - My lovely little M/M angel novella goes live on August 15th! So that means creating Amazon and Goodreads pages, sending out ARCs, setting up release week promos and all the good stuff. It's exciting!
5. Commissioning Cover Art and a new Logo - I'm suppperrrr pumped about this one! I currently have open commissions for a new cover for Blossom and the Beast, as well as a new author logo. With the upcoming Baltimore Book Festival, I'm getting all my ducks in a row. That means getting all my paperbacks ordered, stocking up on signage and paper products, and mentally wrapping my mind around a THREE DAY show! Eek!
It'll be a busy few weeks but I'm hoping that stacking the deck will help me have a more productive year this year! What do you think? Is there something I'm missing?