7/6/13 -- as you can see, there is a large time gap between entries. I went to a writer's conference in October 2012 and what I learned there, plus my experiences in finding and working with an editor put me into a tailspin. As I interpreted the advice, the entire novelette needs to be rewritten. How depressing.
7/26/13 -- a bonus article, "My First Editor" will accompany Gina's Dream. My First Editor is my story of trying to find and work with an editor for Gina's Dream.
7/26/13 -- taking care of numerous details has delayed publication but this is a learning experience and the delays have given me time to improve my novelette. One detail I considered was getting my novelette translated into Spanish. Advice I was given was find a native Spanish speaker. Looks like it won't get done because it is expensive.
7/26/13 -- waiting on book cover art and to setup Paypal account. Details, details, details.....
9/8/13 -- received cover art and I love it. Target date for publication of Gina's Dream is October 28, 2013. Also working with a translator who is willing to work for the "fun" (pay is peanuts) of it to create a Spanish version which will be published in 2014.
9/8/13 -- Tasks let to finish:
Polish novelette, again.
Submit novelette to LOC copyright office.
Setup Paypal account.
Submit to Smashwords.
Add ISBN number to account.
Launch Marketing efforts.
Work with Spanish translator.
2014 -- Publish Spanish version.
9/8/13 -- Marketing efforts will be extensive.
9/8/13 -- I want to thank all my friends who have listened to me talk about this novelette for over two years. Plus, I want thank those strangers and friends who have offered support and advice.
I particularly want to thank Sue J. She has been a steadfast friend and sounding board for all my ideas. She edited the Bonus Article: My First Editor. Plus, I want to acknowledge Writer's Digest, the WritersForums.com, the James River Writers, and many other writers and organizations who offered advice on how to write fiction. My novelette is so different from when I started, I learned so much but it took a year for all that information to gel. While Gina's Dream has all the earmarks of a first novel, the experience is bound to make my next novel better.
9/9/13 -- Well, an early mistake -- launched BitsBitesBooks Twitter account and tweeted about Gina's Dream with a link but the book has not been published yet. I am a bit ahead of myself in marketing. Opps.
9/9/13 -- just created a simple powerpoint presentation for Gina's Dream as a YouTube Book Trailer. It is simple. It was fun to make but I am no Book trailer artist/producer.
10/25/13 -- setting up a paypal account was confusing. Plan to launch website today and publish Gina's Dream 11/2/2013 in conjunction with a Book Launch Party and marketing efforts.
10/25/13 -- after uploading slideshow to Youtube, I hit a snag, "copyright infringement", because I used a sound effect I bought from iTunes. I thought the purpose of "sound effects" was for use in other media productions. Currently, seeking clarification from iTunes, etc.
10/25/13 -- it was my first time to use Yahoo Invite. While creating a Yahoo invite for the Book Launch Party, I, unknowingly, sent the invite at least two times with incorrect information. Had to send a regular email to recipients to apologize for the multiple emails and confusion.
10/27/13 -- still polishing novelette and amazed at the little improvements I needed to make.
10/27/13 -- the countdown has begun. I want this novelette available by 11/2/13. Let's hope I got the formatting right for Smashwords meatgrinder. I hope some will find my back flap quotes funny in the manner intended.
10/27/13 -- Oh the errors I made when scheduling the Book Launch Party. Too late to make changes, will have to wing it.
10/27/13 -- I think after the initial marketing blitz, I will find a workable marketing pattern.
10/28/13 -- more problems with Yahoo Invite, had to delete it from the calendar and this generated an automatic cancellation sent to my group. Had to email them to say, No, Book Launch not cancelled. Ugh, but if Yahoo Invite is the only disaster, then I am doing well.
10/28/13 -- I have butterflies.... so close to publishing....so many details.......
10/28/13 -- YouTube video does not work now. Tried to add slideshow to this website and upload photos did not work. In my imagination, I fear that 20 years from now technology will be more of a nightmare.
10/29/13 -- I gave up on making a Book Trailer. I managed to get a video up on Vimeo but the audio does not work for half the presentation. Three days of work for very little. I did learn a lot and was able to convert a personal video for family use.
10/29/13 -- Registered Gina's Dream with the Digital Copyright Office.
10/29//13 -- I did publish Gina's Dream today on Smashwords. While it is available on Smashwords, the ebook is pending review for the premium catalog for greater distribution. The review could take a few days.
10/29/13 -- I still have butterflies but I am relieved. I never thought I would reach this point. Details, details.... now onto marketing.
11/2/13 -- Just added Blog Function Page. Learned something new.
11/2/13 -- Just came home from Book Party Launch. It was wonderful.