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Edits Are Done, Proof is On the Way

Hello again friends!

It’s about time I update you on what’s going on with my book, yeah?

Like the title of this post says, the edits are all finished up and the very first proof copy of my book has been ordered.  It’s a little hard to believe I’ve gotten this far, and it probably won’t seem real until I have that copy in my hands.

Editing was quite a process.  That’s not to say it was hard – it’s just long and tedidious.  It’s safe to say that I will take ‘Editor’ off my list of possible future careers (despite the fact that I did the second round of editing for my book).  What I found helped me with editing was reading the book aloud, which made it easier to catch mistakes and phrases that didn’t sound right.  I had a fun time with the final read-through and even tried out different voices for my characters.

Once my book was all edited, I got it formatted up to the template that I got off of CreateSpace and uploaded it (a few times) to make sure it would look right for submission and ordering the first copy.  Now all I’ll have to do is format the book for Kindle, approve of the print book, then publish my baby!

This is where it gets real exciting.

Is it Wednesday yet?

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Updates

Cover Reveal!

It didn’t take long to choose a cover, thanks to the voting that took place last week.  So, drumroll please…

Oh, wait, this is a blog.

Just imagine one, then, because here is the cover for Standing By!

I only tweaked the cover slightly once I knew this would be the one (bonus points if you can notice the tiny difference).

Some people who I talked to didn’t like the white cover because of the way it blends in with backgrounds on the internet, like this blog.  However, I personally love white covers and find them to catch my eye more so than any other covers on the shelves.  I also like that this cover is simple, which is another factor I like in book covers when I’m book shopping.

Meanwhile, if all goes well over the next week or so, the book should be available no later than the end of July.  Latest would be mid-August.  But for my sanity, let’s shoot for mid-to-end of July, shall we?

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Cover Voting

Well friends, it looks like I’m gong to need your help!

I’ve come up with a number of different book covers for Standing By, but it’s hard for me to choose my top favorite.  I have at least been able to eliminate a few, leaving me with four options left.  This is where I’m going to ask you all to vote for your favorite.

So imagine you’re in a bookstore – in the Young Adult/Teen section – and you see these covers.  Which would you be most likely to pick up?

It would help a lot if you could just take a second and vote for your favorite option!

~ Link to Vote! ~

(side note: there is a possibility that a completely new cover will hit me and will end up as the official cover, but I’m doubtful that will happen)

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Book Design Time!

Now that my book is in the hands of a few select editors, I am going to focus on the most important part of the book… the cover!

I mean, we all judge books by their covers, right?

I figure a good way to distract myself from thinking about other eyes constructively criticizing my baby is to keep my focus on what I’d like for a book cover.  I’ve had some ideas over the months of writing, but now that the writing is actually done, I can get a better picture in my head.  The great, but also terrible, thing about this is that there are numerous ways I can go with the cover.  Being an indecisive person most of the time… well, this doesn’t help me at all.

A few cover mock-ups have been made, and by a few, I mean two.  There are other ideas that I want to play with first before I start making decisions.

In the meantime, I’m just having fun designing the possible covers.

General

Welcome!

Welcome one and all to my writing website!

Let’s start with how you ended up here.  Since I just launched the site, you probably came from my personal blog – orangeowldiaries.com – or one of my social media sites where I just posted the link.  This means I probably have some idea of who is viewing my site right now.  Of course, if you’re here sometime after the first of June, then I’m assuming you found me later on and I probably have no idea who you are.

Let me give you a brief introduction.  I’m Tabitha G. Kelly, a writer of young-adult fiction, but you can call me Tabby.  One of these days I’ll tell you the reasoning behind my pen-name, but today is not that day.  All you need to really know is that I love writing, reading, and I’m a librarian.  If you wish to know more, go on and click that “about me” tab up on the top of the site.

I am currently writing my first book, Standing By.  To be more accurate, I’ve finished the first, and very rough, draft of it.  Now it’s onto the editing, re-writing, and revising phase before I release this baby into the public.  I’m planning to post updates as I’m going through this process so that you know I’m hard at work on this and haven’t given up on it.

So, that is all I have for you now, my friends.

I’ll keep you posted on what happens next!