Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Mission Success - Pippa's Journal

Action!
It's exactly two months today until Keir's release, and I received the final, formatted version in all its glory on Valentine's Day! Woo hoo! There's also now a free sample up on the Lyrical Press website  AND you can download the first chapter for free here. The itinerary for the blog tour is all booked although I still have some posts to write for it. I'm also going to enter Keir for a couple of literary contests in the next month. With such award winning company on Spacefreighters Lounge, I feel I'm slightly lacking, and I'm curious to see the outcome. I've never taken much interest in contests before so I'm going to take the plunge with the EPIC Ebook Awards and the Readers' Favourite Awards Contest. Wish me luck!

The Squeeze
On the 21st March I have another post going up on Spacefreighters Lounge about some of the paperwork you'll have to fill in as part of the publication process. It's another thing that came as a surprise, so I hope it will give new authors a bit of a heads-up on what's to come for them. It might even give those planning to self-publish an idea of some of the things they might need to consider having before they hit that publish button.

Pssst!
Silver Publishing have put out a call for submissions of 5K up to 45K in romance over February - you can check out their guidelines here. Decadent Publishing put out a call for submissions to several of their ongoing series in romance, and the guidelines are here. They also have a new imprint - Bono Books - for mainstream fiction, YA, sweet romance and non-fiction here.

Bookshelf
As part of the SFR Reading Challenge, I read The Girls From Alcyone by Cary Caffrey. This is a wonderfully sweet romance with some intriguing bionic and genetic engineering, some great humour and lots of fast-paced action. I desperately wanted the two main female MCs to get their happily ever after, and can't wait for a sequel. I've also read Fractured by Sandra Sookoo and Greenshift by Heidi Ruby Miller, taking me up to Earth Level reading. I think I have a long way to go still.

Happenings
On the subject of contests, the Readers Favourite Awards Contest is open for entries until the 1st May. This will be my first year entering as I've never had the confidence to try a literary contest before. Give me a shout out if you're entering too, or if you've any recommendations about contests I could go for. The EPIC contest opens on the 1st June.

There are three upcoming new sfr releases over the next month -  
All links are to the relevant site for the publisher. Don't forget, if you have an upcoming sfr release, cover reveal or any other sfr related event you think might be of interest to the SFR Brigade please give me a shout, and I'll add it to our Event Calendar. :)

Ping Pong
At Laurie - congrats on the R&R and the best of luck with it! 
At Donna - enjoy your time away. 
At Sharon - looking forward to seeing the cover for Ghost Planet. :)

6 comments:

  1. Wooo hooooooooo and congrats! I cannot wait for Keir to be available for sale!

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  2. Thanks, Lauri! The time is going quickly now. :)

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  3. Woohoo, only two more months on Keir!

    Lots of great info here. Thanks for the links and tips.

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  4. Thanks, Laurie. Trying to be as informative as poss. :)

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  5. Good luck in the contest, Pippa. I have to admit, I don't do them. I entered one once and said never again and stuck to it.

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  6. Thanks, Barbara. I just want to try it, if only the once, to satisfy my curiosity if nothing else.

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