A few days ago I opened my Word documents and clicked on my Eating Bull file. I wanted to see when I first started the novel.
Thinking it was only a couple of years ago, I did a double take when I spotted the date stamp of the first saved document: 10/13/2011.
Four years. Four years filled with outlining, researching, writing, rewriting, self-doubt, boredom, excitement, angst, confidence, fear, editing, querying, and publishing preparation. Oh, and endless thoughts of “what in the world am I doing?”
But the book’s release date is finally here, and I’m happy to announce it is now available in both e-book and paperback forms.
And We All Know What That Means…
It means it’s time to pull up the big-girl pants and dust off the social mask, because for the past month I’ve been preparing for real-life marketing, from contacting local newspapers for interviews to prepping for book signings.
Fortunately, I’ve already had a little practice. During a trip to New York last summer, I stopped at Madame Tussaud’s for some early promotional appearances. Just look at who begged for a paperback:
And if you think it was comfortable posing with an empty hand held open in a crowded museum, you’ve got another think coming. The things we do for our blogs.
Before I go, I want to give a huge thank you to my publisher, ScienceThrillers Media, for putting together a beautiful product, not to mention a great book page on the STM site. As if that wasn’t enough, Amy Rogers, the force behind STM, answered every one of my emails. Of which there were plenty.
And I can be long-winded.
Also, another thank you to Lance Buckley of Envelup Designs for his spot-on cover art. He nailed it on the first submission.
Furthermore, thank you to everyone who read advanced copies of the book. Time is scarce in this world, and you giving me yours means a great deal.
Lastly, thank you to my entire online community, either here, Twitter, or elsewhere for your support and words of encouragement, not to mention your generous shares on social media. In the book’s acknowledgements, I mention I wouldn’t have made it this far without you.
And that there, dear Sirs and Madames, is the absolute, no-doubt-about-it, put-it-in-your-pocket truth.
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