Posted by on Jun 23, 2011 in Uncategorized | 11 comments

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I know, I suck, but you know what? I’m okay with that.

Anyone who tells you that writing a book is hard is a liar. It’s not hard. Not when you compare it to everything else you have to do after you write the book. When you look at the big picture, you learn quickly that writing the book is the easiest part of the entire process.

Here’s a run down.

Step 1: Write the book
Step 2: Edit the book
Step 3: Revise the book
Step 4: Repeat steps 2 & 3
Step 5: Repeat step 4
Step 6: Get Beta readers
Step 6a: Tie your hands to your legs, that way you won’t rip out your hair with anxiety wondering what the beta’s think.
Step 7: Repeat step 5 as per Beta feed back
Step 8: Read the book
Step 8a: If satisfied, go to step 9. If not, please go back to step 2 and start again. Do not pass go, do not collect $200.
Step 9: Hire an editor
Step 10: See step 2
Step 11: Repeat step 10 with your editor until your satisfied or you run out of money.
Step 12: Get a cover
Step 13: If going traditional, start querying. If going indie-style, skip to step 14.
Step 14: Format your book for all formats you plan to publish too
Step 15: Publish your book.
Step 16: Market, Get Reviews, Promote, Promote, Promote. (Note: don’t over promote, people will get annoyed with you) Actually, you should’ve started this earlier, but will put it here for the sake of my sanity.

Then if your Canadian, you have to play a game with Amazon, Smashwords, and the IRS to get the 30% tax withholding, otherwise you pay the IRS 30%, then Revenue Canada 30%, congrats, you get 40%. #goodwork. I’m not going to describe the process, I’ve linked to sites before that can help you with that, you just have to find the posts :). I will say its 5 months of work and waiting…mostly waiting. Have fun.

So as you can see, I’ve been kind of busy, but that’s a good thing. In less than 2 weeks, Exiled is going to be on digital shelves, and hopefully being devoured by all of you, your family, and your friends, and people you don’t know, because your all so awesome you will spread the word of awesomeness right! Right….please right?

July 1st used to be Canada Day but now has been replaced as Exiled Day! So get Ready….get Set….Go Ninja…er, something like that. So pick up your e-copy! If your a reviewer interested in reviewing it, hit….this button to e-mail me! If your a physical copy kinda person, that’s cool too, but you have to wait. The paperback will be available shortly after the e-book, but I will still have to go through the process of approving proofs and whatnot, hopefully August 1st…I’m not really sure how long the process takes at all, so please know that date is VERY tentative.

That’s my news for now. I’ll be starting to edit Shift, book 2 in The Protector series on July 2nd, and I am very, very eager to get to it. I haven’t looked at the book in a month. That was my goal, but I didn’t really think I could pull it off. I have trouble staying away from my work. But I did. YA ME!

Sorry this blog post was so spotty and all over the place. I thought I’d give you a peak inside my head for 10 minutes. If you made it this far, congratulations. You’ve just contacted a rare disease called Mattatopia. It makes you feel fuzzy, cold, and sometimes you’ll curse at random strangers. Welcome to the insanity that is my world right now. Do not fear, this feeling will fade in 14 – 60 days after the release of my book.

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