Self-publishing, it’s all in the details.

 

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As we reported last week, we were finally able to hit publish on the eBook version of our paranormal thriller, The Oculars. It all looks good and we are happy with the final product. We’ve got a couple of readers, and fingers crossed, they’ll be kind enough to leave a review.Then came the print version, which has been a minor headache this week. We made a lot of changes to the final manuscript, and amongst the casualties was an incorrect pagination sequence. We also needed an updated cover image with a higher dpi. We think we’ve got it fixed.

How will we know if we got it right? Well, we’ve hit publish and now we need to wait for the KDP manual  review to tell us if we’ve fixed everything we need to fix. That usually takes 48-72 hours but can take longer. It just depends. And waiting is hard. Once that happens, we’ll order a proof copy because there is no better way to see if your book looks good than to hold it in your own two hands.

Meanwhile, we’ve got a few other housekeeping tasks on our to-do list. In our big news department, we’re pulling our horror novel, Holly Virginia, from KDP for a short time period in order to rename it and update the cover. We loved our title and cover for this book but it just doesn’t give out a horror vibe. So, the new title is…drumroll please…The Damnation Revival. We’ll keep you posted when it goes live and give you a sneak peak at the new cover next week on the blog.

As always, life has a way of throwing us obstacles. This last week, our mom, Nancy, went in for an emergency appendectomy. She’s recovering nicely but it’s going to take her a bit of time to get her energy back. Work on Enoch will have to wait for a bit. Anne is getting ready to start work on Servants of Gaia, the third and final book in our New Mother Earth series. Eric is getting ready to start a new job in the next two weeks. Lots of changes ahead for him, and all of them good.

That’s all for us this week. We’ll be running a free eBook giveaway soon of The Oculars. Stay tuned for the dates. Thanks for sticking with us!

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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We would’ve been done but…

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We would’ve been done with our edits on our paranormal thriller, The Oculars, this week but we decided to add just one more chapter. Now it has to make the rounds before we can move on with formatting of both the eBook and print versions. But fear not! For we are pretty darn close to getting this baby out the door.

Our mom, Nancy, is back from the beach and the manuscript is now in her hands. She’s cleaned off her desk and she’s ready to get back to work. We have a division of labor for our self-publishing empire (it’s an empire, right?). As well as taking turns as main writers and editors on each of our books, we each have self-imposed duties. For example, Nancy is our formatting subject-matter expert. She has formatted all six of our published books, as well as our three short stories. Anne takes care of cover art and keeping up with this blog and social media. Eric works on cover blurbs and trouble-shooting our plot holes. In the Litzos, no man is an island. We definitely don’t work alone.

Work continues apace this month. We are still shooting for an end of January publish date. We appreciate your support. Thanks for sticking with us!

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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The Oculars Update

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Good morning to you all. It’s a beautiful sunny but very cold day here in the Pacific Northwest. It’s a fine day for getting things done. We’ve made a lot of headway with the final edits on our paranormal thriller, The Oculars, over the last week.

Edits are now done through chapter 57, leaving just five chapters left to go over. Two of those are new material from the rewrites, so we’ll be paying extra attention to those. Once we finish up, our mom, Nancy, will go over formatting and we’ll be one step closer to hitting publish on our latest work. This will be our seventh published book, can you believe it?!?

We’ll keep this short, in the interest of getting back to business. We hope you’ll be getting out into the snow or sunshine depending on where you live. I know we will, once we’ve got our duties discharged. As always, thanks for sticking with us!

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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Let’s keep the ball rolling!

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2019 is off to a good start, writing-wise that is. As for the real world, we’ll be spending the morning cleaning up after a wind storm that blew through the Pacific Northwest last night. After we get all the storm debris picked up in the yard and the roof swept clear of branches, we’ll get back to the business of writing.

This past week, we’ve been working on edits for this last round of rewrites for our paranormal thriller, The Oculars. Those are done through chapter 26, and thanks to a New Year’s resolution, we’ll hopefully finish in the next two weeks. It’s been a long slog, uphill both ways, but we’re finally close to the finish line. 

Our mom, Nancy, is heading out to spend time in her mobile writer’s retreat down at the Oregon coast for a few weeks. She does her best writing when she’s there. She hopes to get some new material done on Enoch, our crime thriller. Once the edits on The Oculars are done, she’ll take time out to reformat, and hopefully, we’ll be able to hit publish by the end of the month. As you can see above, we have a pretty good cover mocked up and the back cover synopsis is finished as well. 

Our final project is a new cover and title for our horror novel, Holly Virginia. We’ve always felt that the current title and cover do not adequately convey the genre of this book. So, we’re going to attempt to repackage it and give it the cover treatment that it deserves.

We’re keeping busy and feeling optimistic. We hope you feel the same. Here’s to a brand new year! Now we have to go. We’ve got a lot of things to work on! As always, thank you for your support.

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays! We hope that this winter season finds you happy and healthy. This year, we have given ourselves a writing break until the New Year. Come January, we’ll kick off our comfy pants and get back to the business of writing. But for now, it’s time for us to bond with our families and remember why we started this business in the first place, because there is joy in the act of creation. We just have to find it.

This time of year, almost to the day five years ago, we hit publish on the first of our six books, The Safe Harbor. It’s been a bumpy road since then and many things have changed in our lives, and in the publishing business, but we are still committed to writing together.

We have three projects currently in progress. The Oculars, our paranormal thriller is almost finished, just waiting on another round of edits. Enoch, a crime fiction novel, is approximately a third finished. And our final WIP is the third book in our New Mother Earth science fictions series, Servants of Gaia. We’ve only just begun writing on that one.

We thank you all for sticking with us. Best wishes to you all this holiday season.

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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The Oculars Rewrites – Done!

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So, it’s been a while since our last blog post, and for that, we apologize. But, to make up for it, we have good news! We’re done with rewrites on our latest paranormal thriller, The Oculars. After we received our feedback from our beta reader in August, we knew we had quite a bit of work to do. (This, of course, is our royal “we” as we all knew it would be our mom, Nancy, doing the heavy lifting.)

Our mom is the main writer on this manuscript. She took the time to go over each one of our beta reader’s comments, line by line, making corrections and changes as she went. After she finished with the detailed notes, it was time to fill in a few plot holes and so she has added a ton of new material to the back half of the story. It’s all to the good and should make our story stronger.

Next up, Anne will do another round of edits for both the changes and the new material. She made an aborted attempt at NaNoWriMo this year but only made it two days before succumbing to life and procrastination. After The Oculars edits, she plans on working on Servants of Gaia, the third and final book in our New Mother Earth science fiction series.

Eric is currently juggling his job and full-time schooling. He’s here to help us but on a limited basis for the next few months. If all goes well, and there’s no reason it shouldn’t, he should be working a more regular schedule by next summer, and that should give him more time to write with us. Nancy will be jumping into our crime thriller, Enoch, again (at least, that’s the plan).

So, that’s it for the Litzos. We will be trying to attend The Portland Book Festival (formerly known as Wordstock) at the Portland Art Museum together this Saturday. It’s been a while since we’ve met up to do something bookish and fun outside of family gatherings.

Thank you all for sticking with us. We appreciate the support. We’ll keep you posted on our progress. It shouldn’t be long now before we are ready to release our latest book.

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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The Oculars Back from Beta Read

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We got our latest work-in-progress, The Oculars, back from our beta reader last week. It wasn’t the news were hoping to hear but it was the news we were expecting. It was rough and we have a bit of work to do on The Oculars, mainly fixing a major disconnect between the first and second half of the book. What started as a monster-centric tale of horror morphs into a paranormal tech-thriller in the second half. Put plainly, our monster disappears. We touched on this problem during our final edits but it didn’t really sink in until our dear beta reader let us know how much it affected the story.

We know what happened. We started this book several years ago and then it languished, half-finished, for months. By the time we picked it back up again, our concept had grown hazy and our chapter map was only partial. We should have taken the time to really flesh out our chapter map but we never did. Let me tell you, when you have a project that’s been in the works for a year or more, there comes a time when you just want to get it done and off of your to-do list. And that’s what happened to us. We rushed the finish and it shows.

So what’s next? Nancy and Eric are reworking the manuscript. We know what we need to do and we know how we need to do it. Nancy is away in her mobile writer’s retreat for  a few weeks. She’ll be going through our beta reader’s comments one at a time to clean up the nitnoid stuff. Then the real work will begin. Thankfully, we can keep the bones of the second half, but the ending needs some heavy revision. We know where it needs to go, which is a bit of a relief as we don’t need to completely throw out our previous work. This will take some time.

We hope you are heading into Fall with a clear path and renewed enthusiasm. I know we are. As always, thanks for sticking with us!

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

 

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