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Goin’ Strong

I can’t believe we’re at the 7th installment of my interview series with CUTV News Radio already. These past few months have gone by so fast. I mean, it’s nearing the end of March. But then, between the day job and marketing activities, my days are full. Really, I need to start using my calendar. It’s one thing to write stuff down. It’s something else entirely to actually look at it. I have a tendency to write things down on random pieces of paper, then lose them in the piles of paper and other mess I call my office. This has been driven home to me by the delinquency notices I’ve received from NJ and MD. I have to file sales tax returns, even if I made no money. And if there’s anything I’ve learned in my career, it’s don’t fuck with the states. They’ll give you a chance, but they have no qualms about yanking your license if you don’t comply with their rules. Speaking of which, I need to check out Massachusetts…

I received a wonderful compliment yesterday. I was working, and a Face Book notice popped up that my name had been mentioned in a comment. So I clicked on it to see what it was about. Someone had alerted all of her author friends that she needed books to read, and to send her their links. Well, you can imagine how many folks sent them. Anyway, she said my books, either The Moreva of Astoreth or… Continue reading

In Production

Finished the proofreader edits on the manuscript for The Underground Second Edition. Made a few changes here and there, but nothing major. The pre-production phase is over. Now we’re into production. I copyrighted the manuscript today, and am ready to have it formatted. Then we’ll finalize the cover–put in the ISBN, etc.–and it’ll be ready for publication.

Weird–I’m not anxious over this. The first Underground, I could feel the tension. True, it was my first book, but I was in such a hurry. I felt like I had to get it out like RIGHT NOW. The Moreva of Astoreth, not as much. The tension came from the shit job those Brit formatters and cover artists did. Lucky for me, I found Vyrdolak, who is just the best. So she’s doing The Underground Second Edition, too. Anyway, my target date is May 15, 2017, and it’s only March 12. So I’m cool. And while that’s going on, I can concentrate on other things–like finding out why my sales tax license from Maryland hasn’t come yet. And a couple of other things, too, the kind of life stuff one needs to pay attention to but doesn’t because one is so busy doing other life stuff. I don’t know about you, but I don’t multitask well, and things tend to slide. This is my time then, to straighten some of those things out.

Onward!

Coming or Going?

Goodness–don’t know which. Did I ever show you the cover for The Underground, Second Edition? If I didn’t, here it is. I think Vyrdolak did a great job on it.

Oh, wait–I must have. It’s in the picture gallery. Well, here it is again. And by the way, I only need make one more pass over the manuscript, and that bad boy will be ready to go into production. I’d anticipated that it’d be released in May, but now it looks like April. Of course, I could always hold it until May, but I haven’t decided whether I want to do that. I can make that decision once I have a product.

Had To Share This…

A friend is reading The Moreva of Astoreth. Not only does she have a crush on Teger, she can’t put the book down. I’ve done my job as an author. I’ve delivered a mesmerizing story, and provided hours of entertainment.

My Commercial

Hey, my commercial’s up on YouTube! I have to say, the folks did a good job with it.

Here’s the link:

Dancing As Fast As I Can

Busy, busy, busy. Job. Marketing. Broad Universe. Readying The Underground Second Edition for publication. Writing.

My life has been more than a whirlwind lately–it’s been a damned tornado. Trying to prioritize has been difficult, because everything’s a priority. And I don’t multitask well. In fact, I can’t multitask at all. The only thing that has been on time are the articles for my job. Can’t miss those deadlines–my boss gets upset. And we don’t want to upset the boss…

But…I  will say the marketing has been fun. Right now I’m doing a series of radio shows, talking about life, the universe and everything, and of course about my writing and my books. They’re aired live every Monday at 3 PM Eastern until April 10th. This coming Monday, March 6th, is the 5th installment. I’ll most likely be talking about The Underground Second Edition. I do hope something comes out of this–more interviews, speaking gigs, sales and what not. Of course, one never knows who’s listening to a radio broadcast, if anyone. I really don’t know what kind, or how much of an audience CUTV News Radio has. The host and I could be talking only to ourselves. Here’s the link for the March 6th show:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/closeuptalkradio/2017/03/06/part-5-cutv-news-radio-welcomes-author-and-publisher-roxanne-bland

But if nothing else, I’ve got some hot new business cards. They have a flash drive with my interviews on it. Just plug it in to your USB drive, and you’re off! Of course, they were outrageously expensive, so I’m pretty selective about who… Continue reading

Interview With A Future Star?

My 10-minute video interview (cut down from 43 minutes) will be released soon. I think it’s pretty good. I’d love to upload it for you, but WordPress says its too large. Too bad. Oh, well. Here’s the book cover, in case I haven’t posted it yet.

On The Next Level

This will be short, because I’ve got to go to bed, soon. Early day, tomorrow.

So I had the video interview. As Jim Masters said it would be, it was so much fun! Only one thing, though. The camera really does put pounds on you. I looked like a damned whale. No wonder TV and movie folks are so little and skinny. In front of a camera, they look normal.

The interview went well. I wasn’t nervous, or anything, it was as if the camera wasn’t even there. Jim and I just talked about my writing life and my book. I was pleasantly surprised.

All right, that’s enough. Time for beddy-bye, or as a friend of mine says, “the bed-thingy.” Whatever you want to call it, I’m in it.

Holla!

Work Continues Apace

Blog tour materials completed. Talking to my marketing guy tonight. The Underground 2nd Edition shipped off to editor. Now to continue work on Jahannan’s Children (really gotta change that title since the book is totally different now). But I have to say, rereading Edition 1 of The Underground has been really helpful. So many little details I’d forgotten. They will not be mentioned in the second edition per se, but it will help me remember that a character would not do such a thing.

Oh–by the way, here’s the link to my new website. Still not finished, but it will be pretty soon!

http://www.roxannebland.rocks

Cover Story

Contacted my designer for a new cover for The Underground. Actually, it’ll be a lot like the old cover, except better rendered. Jeez, that old cover is horrible! I just couldn’t make those people understand what I wanted. Hmm…kind of like the first cover for The Moreva of Astoreth.

So I sent the manuscript for the revised The Underground to the editor. We’ll see what she thinks of it. It shouldn’t require too much editing, but the key word here is shouldn’t. Everyone has their own style. Meanwhile, I’m going to leave it alone. I mean, really. I’ve some ideas for a couple more chapters, but I’ll write them separately, rather than dropping them into the existing MS. I think we really need some closure for Isadore Drummond, the morran elf. He’s got two chapters, so in the third, he either dies, or finds another child needing rescue from the riots. I don’t know–have to think about it. I mean, I hate killing off characters, especially since I consider them my friends. But if they have to go, then they have to go.

I also finished all my materials for the The Moreva of Astoreth blog tour. It’s running from September 7th through the 26th. Wow–six guest posts! Plus a top 10, plus interviews. I looked at the blog hosts, and found something rather funny. Deal Sharing Aunt is on the tour, and she’s going to do a review. She’s already done one, for the last blog tour. Gave me… Continue reading