Wednesday, 4 February 2015

What's Up Wednesday & IWSG



It's time for What's Up Wednesday, a weekly meme run by Erin L Funk and Jaime Morrow. Here's what I've been up to this past week!

What I'm reading


I was lucky enough to get a review copy of The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma from Netgalley. I can't say too much about the plot without spoiling it, but it's a suspenseful, haunting thriller. I highly recommend it.

What I'm writing

The final Alliance book! *screams*


I got Adamant back from the proofreader, which means... it's final read-through time!

My writing goal this week: More words on Alliance Book 6!


What works for me


Being a hermit in my writing cave. Cole tagged me to share my writing space, so I snapped a few photos!  





The writing desk! It's relatively tidy right now. Desktop computer, TV/other monitor, iPod speakers, and a lot of notebooks.




Meet my cheerleading team. :P




Typical manic writing day = a litre-bottle of diet coke and Scrivener. ;)


What else is new

I got to reveal the cover for Adamant! :D I've been staring at this for two months. *stares some more*



And it's already available to pre-order! :D   Amazon   Kobo   Barnes and Noble   Apple   
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It's also time for IWSG! The Insecure Writer's Support Group is the creation of Ninja Captain Alex, and is a great way for writers to share their worries, support and encouragement.

I've mentioned before that self-doubt definitely doesn't go away after being published. And as I prepare to launch my first self-published book... yep, it's happening again. Of course, I'm excited, and the response to the cover reveal has been astonishing - I'm actually getting pre-orders! I'm using the word "exciterrified" to accurately describe my feelings on this. On the one hand, I love this story and I want to share it. On the other, it's been in my head for so long that part of me wants to cling onto it and not subject it to the same cycle of hope and disappointment as my other books.

I'm doing the final proofread this week, which is sparking a new wave of insecurities - as I'm self-publishing, I'm the one who has to make the final call and decide when the book's ready to be published. And it's proving incredibly difficult to stop tweaking sentences! But the book's been through nine editing rounds and now a professional proofread. I think it's definitely time to let go!


45 comments:

  1. Best of luck with the final Alliance book!

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  2. "exciterrified" - that's an excellent word! Good luck with your book release, the cover looks awesome :)

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  3. Good luck with the final book. Hope it's as smooth to write as all the others ;)

    Love the desk. Nice cheerleading team! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Thank you! :D I enjoyed seeing other writers' desks!

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  4. Gorgeous cover. Good luck with your last book of the series and final edits. Thanks for sharing. :D

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  5. Good luck with everything! I like your word "exciterrified."

    Looking forward to reading THE WALLS AROUND US. And I've got some Minions in my writing space also. :)

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  6. Love, love, love the cover for ADAMANT! Your cover designer did a fantastic job. I especially love the way the light looks as though it's blasting through the M. Very cool! Best of luck with your final read-through! :D

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    1. Thank you so much! I love it, too. :D

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  7. People think self-publishing is easy, but (if you do it right) it's incredibly hard.
    Sounds like you're ready, though, so GO FOR IT!!!

    Nice cover, by the way. ;)
    IWSG #143 until Alex culls the list again.

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  8. "Exciterrified" - you are hilarious! It's amazing you're working on book 6! Wow! I love your covers. Your designer is fabulous! :)

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    1. Haha, I do like that word. Thanks! :D

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  9. Exciterrified--I like it! I've been seeing a lot of that from authors about to have their work published. Good luck with the release. The cover is beautiful!

    February IWSG Co-host

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  10. Self-doubt always rears its ugly head before another book comes out.

    Yay for starting the final Alliance book! And congratulations on the cover for Adamant. It's amazing!

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  11. Woot! You've put forth the work. I think you'll do great at self-publishing.

    I should join your little cheerleading squad!

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    1. Thank you! Well, I do have a street team. ;)

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  12. Good luck working on the final book in the Adamant series! I can't believe you're at that point already! Wow! So do you make that Minion on your desk do your editing for you? ;)

    Have an awesome week, and enjoy that final read-through!

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  13. Love the cover! It's gorgeous!
    Your cheerleading squad is so cute! I need me some of that. :)

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    1. Thank you! :) I do love having them on my desk.

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  14. The first book launch is always the scariest but it gets easier after that!

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  15. Your cover is super gorgeous, and I'm sure the writing inside is just as wonderful. I love your cheerleading squad. We all need one. Let me add my cheer. GO EMMA GO! Have an awesome week.

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  16. Get excited about that book! Pre-orders are awesome.
    I see you have a Minion on your desk. Too cool.

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  17. Congrats on your book. I love your writing cave.

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  18. Good for you! Congratulations!
    You'll release it when you're ready!
    Love the writing space and the cheerleaders!!

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  19. Your writing space looks so cosy! And oh my gosh -- that blue dragon statue at the back behind your Funkos, I have a collection of ones in the same style! I'll need to take a photo of them some time to show you. :D My parents used to buy them for me when I was younger, they're so nice and detailed.

    I loooovee the Adamant cover so much!

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    1. I have a whole collection of them on top of my bookshelf. I should post a picture of them at some point, too!

      Thanks! :D

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  20. Absolutely gorgeous cover! The cheerleading squad is great, too!!

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  21. Congrats on your upcoming book.

    I love all the little critters you have around your desk. My desk is covered in them, too.

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  22. I think I said it before (on Twitter or something) but it bears repeating: the Adamant cover is GORGEOUS! Congrats! Your writing cave looks wonderful and I love your cheerleaders! :) Have a great week!

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  23. Your writing space looks cramped by somehow cozy. Love the cheerleaders.

    Congrats on your upcoming book.

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  24. Very sweet cover for ADAMANT! Congrats. I'm sure it's an unnerving time for you, but you'll do amazingly. And pre-orders....Sweet!

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  25. ADAMANT's summary sounds awesome. Of course you're getting preorders! :D And it's obvious that you're taking self-publishing really seriously, so I'm sure you have nothing to worry about with the writing.

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