Happy Friday the 13th!
As my best friend Matt says (in reference to Jason Voorhees): "Nothing like a night of lumber-jacking after a hockey game." - That guy makes me laugh at even the dumbest of things. Everyone should have someone in their life who makes them laugh easily.
But no. Today I will not be sacking out like a bump on a log, watching stupid blondes being hacked by a machete. First off, it's a snow day; my boys have claimed the television for their Wii-time. Secondly, I'm in the last round of edits for ShadowShifter!!
Here are a few of the things I have learned about myself in this particular round of the editing process.
1. I have put my editor through ellipsis hell, using those wonderful little "dot, dot, dots" everywhere - even when it wasn't used correctly. I had no idea how truly fond I was of those little guys...
2. I can't decide (apparently) if Joey's last name is spelled Baret, Barrett, or Barret. I need to pick one and stick with it.
3. However his [Joey] last name is spelled, I need to stick with it in Lycanthrope (book #2) as well.
4. If art is any indication of life - you know that whole "the truth is stranger than fiction" thing - I'm a horrible kisser. The few paragraphs have been taped off as "disaster areas", it's the romance/kissing paragraphs.
The horror sections are perfect.No wonder my love life is almost non-existent.
Truthfully, I have very few revisions to make. Very few. ShadowShifter, though no date has been officially confirmed yet, will be released in late Spring/early Summer. Right now, along with ShadowShifter revisions and early editing of Lycanthrope, I'm scheduling book-signing dates and planning out swag, such as bags, bookmarks and book thongs. I pray that my release is a huge success and really makes a huge impacting dent in the Young Adult/Paranormal Romance community. So here is my quest to those reading this blog or who have read ARCs - PLEASE, spread the word about my book. It's not so much for my success, though I'll admit that a paycheck for my 3 1/2 years of dedication to just book 1 would be nice, but I believe in this story. I think it offers so much more than many Young Adult books that have been made available and want to give readers some awesome entertainment. Time and again, the general consensus is that this is a FRESH STORY in an OVERCROWDED MARKET. That is my ultimate goal. But extra money would be nice too.
I finished my first draft of Lycanthrope back in November and then felt as though it was missing something. So I went back to finish it (again?). Found what was missing! I added it and now I am completely done with the STORY. Is it novel ready? Nooooooo. Three of the new chapters needs flesh on its bones and that is what I'm currently doing now. I'm not sure how other authors work, but I approach my writing much like I do life - blindly, all in a disarray and spur of the moment. (ha, ha!)
Since ShadowShifter's release has been pushed, it will now only precede Lycanthrope's 1st edition release by about 6 months. Exciting about the double whammy in 2012!
Until then, I will keep plugging away - taking out a million ellipsis and many em dashes from ShadowShifter. Learn how to kiss (apparently). Choose Joey's last name. Throw some meat on Lycanthrope's bones.
2012 is going to be a huge year for Julie Taylor and Broderick "Brody" Cooper, so stay glued to this blog, my official website, my tweets, or my Facebook for continued updates.
Remember, it's not about my name getting out there or gaining fans. It's about telling and sharing a good story and that's what I am doing with you!
And speaking of sharing. If you have not read The Hunger Games, then do yourself the favor. That book should be the staple of Young Adult novels, not Twilight - in my humble opinion. An amazing story that should be experienced before the movie comes out in March!