There's been a lot going on over the past week and I want to take a minute to update all of you regarding the book business.
Last week I had the opportunity to have my photograph taken around town by my friend and professional photographer Kristy Straub. These photographs will be used on my website and, eventually, on my Amazon author page. The ordeal of having my picture take was, in a word, weird, but Kristy did an excellent job of making me feel at ease. She was good enough to share some of the early returns, and I've included one of the photographs here. For more examples of her work you should check out Syllipsi Photo.
Vanessa and I have found the perfect venue for my launch party on June 25th. Alaura's Kitchen is a local ice cream shop (although they also offer homemade caramels, hotdogs, and the best french fries ever!). We've reserved the date with the owners Patrick and Michelle, and lots of details will follow in the weeks ahead. Needless to say, you're all invited and if nothing else. . . we'll have ICE CREAM!
I finally started on the first draft of the ANOM: Awakening sequel. There's a feeling at the start of any novel that's hard to describe. It's equal parts excitement and terror -- excited for the adventure that lies ahead and scared to death that I'll fall on my face in the attempt. There's a long way still to go before the rough draft is complete (it took me more than a year to get the first one finished) but I can share my working title: ANOM: Legacy.
I saved the best for last. The "proof copy" of my novel arrived in the mail today from Createspace.com. It wasn't a perfect representation -- it was missing the page numbers -- but even holding this incomplete copy felt like a small victory. It was one more reminder that this whole journey I'm on is REAL. . . and now I have the real book to prove it.