What does this rickety old train car given over to the power of Nature have to do with the month of July? Everything.
You see, July is the month when I buckle down and finish my manuscript for the next book in The Slayer Saga to prepare it for publication in August. I’m finishing up things with my brilliant cover artist Ingrid, I’m comparing my final beta-reader notes to my current draft, and, in a week or so, I’ll be starting that wonderful things call formatting that sometimes makes me want to throw my laptop out the window. And, yes, this battered old train car is an image that I feel ties in very closely with Heartless, but you’ll have to wait until August to find out how.
Another key component to wrapping up a book is the marketing, babbling about it to anyone who will listen to build up that momentum to get people interested in checking it out. Of course, I know those of you who have already read the first book, Soulless, will be eager to dive into the next one, but it’s also a good opportunity to check out the first book before the second one arrives. I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how they don’t like starting a series that’s unfinished because they hate the waiting, and the series won’t be finished entirely until next August, but, hey, two books to read in one year before the third and final one isn’t so bad, right?
So, basically, I’m brushing off the dust from this blog yet again to tell everyone to GET HYPE. Heartless is coming soon, and you’ll want to hop on this train, because it’ll be a better ride than if you jumped on that rickety train up there. This begins a month of Heartless, of cover reveals and snippets of text, of sharing and social media and one heck of a good story heading your way in less than 40 days. Get hype. Get Heartless.
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