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My first proof arrived on May 3rd, much to my delight. There were a couple of issues however, so now I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of proof #2. If it arrives as quickly as the last one, it will be in my hot little hands in two more days. One of the issues I discovered was the complete absence of all the hyphenation in the text of my book. It took me some time to figure out that’s what happens when you upload a Word document to Createspace. The solution was to convert my Word doc into a PDF, but of course that didn’t go smoothly. During the conversion to PDF, some blank pages were inserted at random which screwed up all of the margins and pagination. I ended up having to remove page breaks and replace them with lots of paragraph returns instead. How stupid. The other issue with the proof was that the cover came out much darker than the image was supposed to be; the back cover was so dark that all the awesome little details were obliterated and it just looked like white text on a plain black background. So… I massively lightened up the image in the hopes that when it gets printed out much darker than it’s supposed to be, it will end up being just right. Fingers crossed!

As for the cover reveal being organized for me by Xpresso Book Tours, the sign-ups are going on right now for the June 5th reveal date. If you want to check it out, here’s a link: Welcome to the Darkness cover reveal sign-up

The proof of my novel, Welcome to the Darkness, is due to arrive by May 10 at the latest and I can’t wait to have a printed copy in my hands at last! I know it’s only May 3rd, but I can’t help it . . . every time I go to check the mail I open the box with bated breath.

Of course, I can’t send out review copies of my book until I look over the proof, which means I’m currently in limbo with that project. So now I’ve finally been able to focus 100% of my writing time on book #2. Today I finished off chapter 8, and it’s the first time in a long time that I’ve finished a whole chapter in one week. That used to be my typical writing pace (each chapter is usually 8-10 pages double-spaced), so hopefully I can keep that up. I’m hoping for a fall 2014 release of the second book, so I’d better get going on it!

The cover reveal is now just over a month away, so sign-ups should be starting soon. I’m in love with the cover, which is a lucky thing and one of the benefits of self-publishing. I know some authors of traditionally published books that weren’t thrilled with their cover art and there wasn’t anything they could do about it.