My fourth Toni Day mystery, Death by Autopsy, is coming out soon, really it is. As you can see, the book cover has been designed and submitted for my approval. It’s in proofreading now, then the back cover copy will be vetted, and then they’ll send me a copy of the book to review, and I can either submit more corrections or release it for publication. I’ve tentatively scheduled a book launch party, too. I won’t say any more about that because it’s tentative and could change.
In the meantime, I will be appearing with my other 3 books at the Thousand Springs Festival of the Arts, which will be in Malad Gorge State Park Saturday and Sunday Sept 27-28. My friend Lita will be there too. She’s much better at singing my praises and selling my books than I am and she knows everybody.
One change is that now with my smartphone, I can take credit cards. For that, I had to set up a Paypal business account. Both of those things worked well the last time I used them; I hope they still will. With computery things I’m never quite sure. They seem to have a mind of their own.
Hope to see you there. Even if you’ve already bought my books, Christmas is coming. Hint, hint.
I’m still waiting. I promised people that Death by Autopsy would be out sometime this summer. I really thought it would be. I’ve published three books now, and I thought I had a better handle on how long it would take. So much for my short-term memory.
Sure, it took me two months to do the first edit. That didn’t happen with the other three books. I probably have nobody but myself to blame. Now I find myself nagging iUniverse to hurry up and get things done, because (1) I promised people, (2) I want to sell my new book at Thousand Springs, (3) I want to have a launch party, (4) I want to have a book signing at Barnes and Noble, and (5) I want to get myself on KMVT and tell everybody about it, and I want to do all that before the holidays get here and screw everything up. I want people to be able to buy many copies to give as Christmas presents.
Here’s where we are: the editing is done and we’re now in the design phase. I have chosen which layout I want for the interior of the book. You’d be surprised how many details go into deciding what the printed pages look like. I’m waiting to see which mockups I have to choose from for the book cover. Then when that’s all done, the book will go into proofreading, and then I’ll receive a preliminary printed copy of the book to review and make any changes.
After that, I can release it for publication, and then and only then can I start scheduling things. Then I’ll be able to order copies to sell at my launch party. Barnes & Noble can order copies to sell at my book signing. I can give everybody in the family a copy for Christmas.
Now, can we all close our eyes really tight and cross all our fingers and toes and wish really hard for iUniverse to hurry up and make all this possible? Maybe light a candle for me? Pretty please with chocolate sauce on it?
Because that’s what I’m doing.