That's right boys and girls! Secrets is BACK on the market!
I am more than a little excited about this fact. It's been a long process, but boy has it been worth it.
A quick recap for those who may not know what the heck I'm talking about:
Secrets, book one of the Rune Trilogy was released December 9, 2015. I was beyond excited. Until I made the horrible discovery that a incorrect file had been uploaded, and my book was riddled with errors.
Rookie mistake numero uno.
So, after deliberating with my amazing editor, the decision was made to pull the book down, re-edit it and make it shine.
Listen when I say this kiddos, DO NOT RUSH THE PROOF.
Let me say it again for the kids in the back: DO. NOT. RUSH. YOUR. PROOF.
Read that proof copy cover to cover. Do not just rely on reading through your file online. That was my rookie mistake numero dos. Print your file out, read through every word, use that red pen.
This has taught me some very valuable information, the number one thing being that I retain information much better when it's printed on paper. Suffice it to say, I will be printing all further manuscripts out and editing them BEFORE they go to the editor, who will ALSO be printing the manuscript out and doing hand edits. We feel this process will save us much heartache in the end.
A friend recently asked me two questions:
How do you feel about the first release?
Sick. It was straight up Murphy's Law. Everything I DIDN'T want to happen, happened. I made all the indie publishing mistakes I had sworn I would avoid.
And I was mad. I was hurt. I was embarrassed.
Boy was I embarrassed. I wanted to pull it down and go hide under a rock. To change my name and move to Timbuktu where no one had ever heard of Secrets or E.H. Demeter.
Luckily, I have amazing friends, and they talked me out of it. Talked me off the ledge, and told me to get to work.
So I got to work. I worked my ass off. Read through my proof copy cover to cover and blew through a pad of post-it notes with out blinking. But after a month, my edits were done. And you know what? My book was BETTER for it. So much better.
She then asked: How do you feel about the new and improved version?
And to be honest, I'm nervous. I'm scared I blew myself in the foot one my first step out the door. I'm so scared that the people who bought the original upload won't try again. Won't know I've done updates. Won't even give me a second chance.
But I also feel hopeful. I have an amazing group of people backing me the entire way. Seriously, I work with some of the most astounding people.
My formatter (seriously, go check her out) is wonderful, and insanely patient. She has been my rock through all of this, and I love her for it.
My cover is solid. And now, the work inside matches the outside, and I couldn't be happier. The feedback I've recieved from people just fills me with such warmth and hope....That I know I can do this. I know I can over come these mistakes, learn from these lessons. Because this is a journey, kiddos, and you're going to screw up. You're going to make mistakes.
Whether or not you succeed is all in how you handle the ups and downs of this insanity we call writing.
So that's the update. I hope you enjoyed it. I'll be back next week to offer a sneak peek into my newest WIP!
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Until next time,
Hello, my wonderful friends and fans!
I know I've been silent for a while, and I apologize for that. Things have been crazy in the Demeter household of late, and this week was Spring break, so the added benefit of having my kids home 24/7 has been an adjustment.
As most of you know, I ran into some issues with Secrets, and had to pull it out of publication to fix said issues. I am super excited to tell you, that it is with my editor and almost done! Once I get it back, I'll be doing another read through, making sure everything is as it should be, and then it will go back to her for another pass. Once I get the go ahead from the editor, it will be sent off to my amazing formator and then it will be available once more!
Until then, I do have lots of projects in the works! My writing group, the Writer's Retreat, will be publishing a romance anthology soon, which is very exciting! I'm working on the sequel to Secrets, as well as much more!
As always, I will do my best to keep you updated.
Lots of love,
Silence fills the void, the darkness ever pressing. Flickers of light, there and gone. Water colors of blue and purple scatter stardust, while ebon ribbons dance and play. Lightening shatters the scene, stardust falls shimmering into a pool of perfection. Lifting, forming, shaping. Reaching out -- hands touching, guiding, leading. Red blooms, encapsulating the world with warmth. Hushed whispers, heated touches, pressing ever closer, drifting, borne upon the gentle waves of ecstasy. Souls singing, joining, merging, becoming one. Recognition, reunion. Sighs of pleasure echo. Drums beat, a furious tattoo. Cresting, crescendo. Shattering in bliss.
Empty no more, the void filled.
100 word challenge, courtesy of the The Spiral Notebook .
Thank you for reading!
Pretty sure the pictures say it all.
Writing. Is. Hard.
Writers block has been real with me lately. But I will persevere! And I will create more wonderful things for you to read!
That's right, folks! Your favorite author is branching out and trying something new! I am now on Twitch, and you can follow me and be alerted to when I go online!
What is Twitch, you might wonder? Well, Twitch is an online streaming service, that allows viewers to watch the streams of their favorite people! Most people use it for gaming, however, it has come to my attention that it can be used for creative purposes as well! So, I will be streaming my writing, live! This means you will get sneak peeks into my writing process, and works!
I'm still working on a schedule, but as soon as I have one I will be posting it here!
So, if you would like to check out what this is all about, follow me here: www.twitch.tv/imalilmilkdud
December 2015 I achieved my ultimate dream. I self published my debut novel, Secrets (Available for purchase here: http://tinyurl.com/zqse582). The book was three years in the making, and every word has my heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears in it. Holding this in my hands is truly an amazing feeling. Writing is truly a personal thing, and putting out a piece of your soul is one of the most terrifying things I've done. and the most exhilarating. Knowing people are reading, and loving, my work...There's not words to describe it.
When I first started my journey to become a serious writer, I had a horrible habit of not finishing anything. I would work so hard, get to about chapter ten or fifteen, and it would all fizzle out. So many pieces started, left to wither. Until a few fellow authors challenged me to join in on NaNoWriMo(National Novel Writing Month) with them. The goal of NaNo, is to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. I didn't think I could do it, but I tried anyway. And before I knew it, I had 25,000 words. Then 50,000. Then 86,000. I couldn't get enough of this story, I still can't. The characters, the mythology, all of it, has a hold on me. And I don't want it to let go.
Secrets broke the proverbial dam, and I can now say that I have finished my second, full length novel. A medieval fantasy geared toward young adult readers. It is currently with my editor, and then will go to betas! I'm beyond excited for this new story, which will be a duology ( a two book series). Be sure to check back for updates on that!
Currently, I'm working on a companion novella to The Rune Trilogy, as well as the sequel to Secrets. I will be posting character interviews, inspiring images, and when we get there, the cover!
So keep checking back and I promise I'll keep you updated on a more regular basis!
I feel like this sentiment is so true, for writers and creatives alike. I truly believe that we see the world differently. We're not normal. We often times live in our own world, with our own set of beliefs and views and opinions, but it's okay because they know us here.
It's entirely normal for me to sit, and be very quiet only to jerk upward and start rambling on nonsensically about some epiphany I just had regarding a chapter. Or to talk about my characters like they're real people. Because to me, they are real. In my mind they live, and breathe, and feel. When I write their pain, I feel it. I cry when they cry, I rage when they rage.
I've made my own normal, and I excel at it.
I think there's a lot of truth to this quote. I know for me, one of the biggest fears is that people will laugh at my work. That they'll think me a fool, and criticize my words. My art. My soul.
It's hard, putting yourself out there like that. Putting little pieces of yourself into the hands of many. Hoping and praying they'll handle it with care, and with love.
Just some food for thought.
I know I've gone quiet again. We had a death in the family, and it's sapping a lot of my will to be on here. I will do my best to try to get a new post up soon.
Thank you for your understanding.
Author E.H. Demeter