As y’all know, today was supposed to be the day that my novel, Hidden Talents, would hit the stores. Alas, that hasn’t happened.
I’ve experienced a ton of problems working with IngramSpark. A lot of it was my fault, not formatting the cover art for the paperback and hardcover editions properly for their automated submission process. It’s not just me, however. They are one of the most unresponsive companies I’ve ever tried to work with, in terms of customer service. I upload files, and they take days to even move them from their upload server to the preliminary work area.
A typical phone call involves a hold time of 15-20 minutes.
IngramSpark lists an email to contact them, but they just don’t respond.
I’m heading out of town tomorrow to teach, and hopefully I can get things sorted out. I’m pushing back the drop date to December 4, 2015.
I’ve started on the second novel of Blood Bound! The outline is pretty much set in my head (and my moleskine), and I’ve got drafts of the first two chapters. Since National Novel Writer’s Month (NaNoWriMo) is all about 50K-word projects, it’s perfect for the second novel.
The second novel in the Blood Bound series is tentatively titled Dragon’s Discovery. It continues the adventures of Anne Marie Denechaud, Joey Newfeld, and David Williams, “The Trio” from Dragon’s Danger. Along with their dragon, Eleni, The Trio enter their junior year of high school, which promises to be even more exciting the previous one.
The plan is to release Dragon’s Discovery on Mardi Gras, 2016, which is Tuesday, February 9, 2016, to those you outside New Orleans. If I stick to the NaNoWriMo target of writing 50K words in a month, I can work with Lady Editor in December, get production settled in January, and release on Fat Tuesday.
I’ll cross-post NaNoWriMo updates here, there, and on GoodReads.
Waiting on the final proofs! Everything is on track for the 31-October release. I haven’t finalized any release events/signings/readings yet, mainly because of my crazy schedule. LT Firstborn is changing duty station from Groton, CT, to San Diego, as the USS Alexandria transitions from being an Atlantic Fleet submarine to joining the Pacific Fleet. This is Kiddo’s last undergraduate semester at LSU, and mom wants to get in all the Tiger Band stuff she can possibly get in, for his last football season. I’ve been fortunate to be able to teach from home (via WebEx) for most of October, but I’m likely going to end up on the road again in November. We’ll definitely have local events, though.