AOF: The First Reviews Are In!

As you all know, The Art of Falling is my baby, and I want nothing more than to be able to promote my book, work on the sequels, and try to make this first novel of mine a success. Unfortunately, with how crazy life has been with trying to plan the wedding, I haven’t had any time to do much with my book other than think about all the things I want to do: mainly, a book signing event.

I’ve been so preoccupied with big life events, I haven’t even been keeping track of Amazon reviews or sales. So it was a pleasant surprise when I stumbled across the first few reviews for the novel!

February 3, 2018

Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Art of Falling is a fun take on good versus evil, heaven versus hell, and two unwitting lovers in a battle for their souls. This book’s got enough familiarity to entice you, and plenty of new steps to make it refreshing and interesting. I can’t wait for the next one!
Nancy

January 20, 2018

Format: Paperback
Can’t wait for the next book! 😱

Amazon Customer
January 23, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I would definitely recommend this book. It was a great read that had me on the edge of my seat at times. I’m waiting on the next book! 5 stars.

In addition to these, fellow author Shanon Rohrer wrote a thoughtful and honest review over on goodreads that you can check out here. (But be warned, there may be spoilers.)

I am so thankful for these simple reviews and ratings, as it shows that my five years of work haven’t gone to waste. Sure, I’m proud of myself for achieving a dream of mine, but seeing others enjoy my hard work makes it worthwhile.

Reviews are so important to a writer. If the writing process is our life blood, and a following of readers are our backbone, reviews are the bread and butter that keeps us going. If we never receive feedback – both positive and negative – we can lose our drive and energy to keep writing.

So please, do me a favor the next time to read a book: go to the author’s Amazon page, Goodreads, or website. Leave a review, even if it’s just a simple statement. It will make the author’s day and help boost their chances of becoming the next big success.

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ART: Ziksua

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After seeing a speedpaint of Michael from Be More Chill on youtube, I instantly fell in love with Ziksua’s art and requested that she draw Etoile and Viraine from The Art of Falling. She nailed it!

Check out more of her art over at her deviantArt page: https://ziksua.deviantart.com/

AOF: Cover Reveal and Available to Purchase

I know I typically post on Friday, but I don’t care. I’m breaking the pattern because it’s official. The Art of Falling is now available to purchase on Amazon in Paperback and for Kindle!

It still doesn’t feel like I’m a published author yet. I don’t think it will quite sink in until the first few reviews appear on Amazon, and a physical copy is on my bookshelf. You can bet I’m ordering one as soon as possible.

And check out the GORGEOUS cover that my publisher and I worked on. I am so happy with how it turned out. I am so thankful for the amount of brainstorming and time that went into determining what would be a good cover for the audience I’m aiming for, and I feel that this hits the nail on the head. Simple, clean, and easily able to expand into a series.

While an “official” launch through Dragon Moon Press won’t happen until after the holidays, I plan on holding a giveaway to win a free signed copy, as well as holding a book reading and signing.

But don’t feel like you have to wait for an official launch to get your hands on a copy. If you want paperback, you better hurry! Copies are selling fast (a lot faster than I expected, to be honest!) If you prefer digital, get it for your Kindle, or download the Kindle app to read on any device. Please a review and share with your friends! But most important, please enjoy reading Keir and Regal’s story. I have put a lot of time, energy, and soul into this work. It will mean the world to know that someone other than myself will get sucked into their life.

Now, onto the sequel.

 

AOF: We’ve Begun Editing!

It’s a very exciting time in the publishing process! I have recently started editing the final draft of The Art of Falling with my editor at Dragon Moon Press.

What’s great about an editor is that they truly are a fresh pair of eyes to read over your story. No matter how hard you try to step back from your work, you’re always too deeply entrenched in the characters, the plot, the backstory. It’s hard to surprise yourself when you know what’s going to happen.

So I am very thankful that my editor, the lovely Sandra Nguyen, has not just been sending her in depth comments and suggestions as an editor, but as a reader who is new to the story. She can tell me parts are confusing, which parts paint a clear picture, and the honest opinion on whether there is an audience for my novel.

There’s no telling how long this process will take, and what the next steps in the publishing process is. But it is so satisfying and thrilling to know I’m getting closer to having my novel on my bookshelf. It’s been a long five years, and I can’t wait to share the final, polished book with you!

AOF: Book Covers!!

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While waiting for my turn to come around for the editing process, the publisher and I are starting to brainstorm cover ideas for The Art of Falling! 

This is by far one of the most important parts that I have been dying to get my hands on. I am definitely one to judge a book by its cover, and I naturally want to help them design a cover that I think will grab a reader’s attention.

A few years ago I had come up with a book cover concept that suited my needs at the time. It put a face to the novel as I continued to work on it and try to gather readers.

Of course, as we move forward, this idea will most likely be scrapped for something new.

My homework has been researching Urban Fantasy/Romance book covers on the Amazon Top 100 List (and on pinterest) to see what covers are popular, what themes and styles seem to work, and to find ideas that would translate well to my novel.

For fantasy, covers with people on them are very popular. While I am not a fan (as I feel this can sometimes look tacky when editing is awful) I do understand why this style is used. It allows young readers to identify with the character! However, I’m personally a huge fan of covers with a symbol or image (think Twilight’s apple or Hunger Games’ mockingjay.)

I’ve got quite a few ideas saved in a pinterest board for reference as I continue to work with the publisher. However, I thought I would share some of the covers that jumped out at me with you guys!

What covers jump out to you when you’re browsing the library or bookstore? What themes do you enjoy? What traits do you dislike? Let me know in the comments!

 

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AoF: Newsletters and Shuto Con Update

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It’s almost time again! I’m going to be at Shuto Con from March 16 – 19th selling my art in the Artist Alley. Check out the map above to come find me easily!

While I’m there, I’m also holding a special giveaway to help promote The Art of Falling. What’s the giveaway, you ask? Well, the answer will be in the exclusive newsletter that I’m going to be sending out next week!

That’s right, I’m starting up a new “monthly” newsletter that will have exclusive news and details when available, hence the tentative schedule. I’ll keep readers updated on giveaways, exclusive short stories, deleted scenes, and character backstories that won’t be shared with the public. I’ll also make announcements for events like Shuto Con, eventual book signings and readings, and writing tips.

Signing up is easy! Simply click this link and submit your e-mail. That’s it! Then, feel free to share it with others so they can join, too. The more the merrier!

Hope to see your name added to the list of readers, and that I see you at Shuto Con!