This September, I'll be walking the aisles, perusing local author tables and checking out relevant break-out sessions at PennedCon St. Louis. Looking forward to meeting other great authors and learning valuable insights to publishing success. Of course, I'm bringing my marketing guru, Julie of Stella Maris Marketing with me.
I'll report back with my observations and insights.
The publisher has asked me for keywords to describe Midnight Playground so their distributor can accurately list it in its database. They say I'm allowed up to 7 phrases of max 3 words each. My reaction was "But my book is 57,000 words, how am I supposed to reduce that to 21?!?"
So I'm working on refining the list below.
Keywords describing Midnight Playground: Where the Soul Plays
Romance: love triangle, menage, second chances, modern romance, thriller
Women’s Fiction - Love, Friendship, Dating & relationships, single hood, Complicated relationships, Strong female protagonist
Erotica: humor, mystery, suspense, urban
Literature - Love Stories, Depression & Mental Illness, Family life, Childhood.
Settings - St. Louis, Detroit, Chicago
Are you intrigued, yet:?
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Holy Website Batman!
Simonerichards.com is better than I could have imagined.
When Julz texted this morning and suggested we "knock the website out" today, I grabbed my laptop, swung by to pick her up, and beelined to our local Starbucks where, except for the AC set on 'hell freezes over', we were able to 'comfortably' sit and work for five hours. Clicking, refreshing, typing, giggling, high-fiving!
And here it is...
Julz knocked it out of the park!
I'm thrilled, excited, and proud.
My task now is to gather my writings from the various places: blogs, secret spots on my hard drive(s), and paper copies and bring them here to simonerichards.com.
My writings are and have been my humorous (well sometimes not humorous) and honest (always honest even if it's raw) look at life & what I've learned so far about marriage, divorce, relationships, being single, raising children, cancer & chemo, and accepting & embracing all my imperfections, It is my journey.
I believe life should be lived fully, no matter what the circumstances – we can spend a lot of time wishing it were different, or we can celebrate it, all of it.
Welcome to simonerichards.com where we celebrate all of it!
I've been working diligently editing my book, Midnight Playground Where the Soul Plays. It's taken me almost as long to edit it as it did to write it. But I have to say, it's really good. The feedback from my beta-readers has been amazing and encouraging.
I sent the final draft and the cover artwork to the publisher earlier this week. It seems very surreal. The book could be available as soon as Christmas and as late at March. Either way, I know that when it's ready it'll be the right time. I've had wonderful support throughout the whole process from my family, my friends and my editor. His feedback was immeasurable! He saved the world from my first draft, ha ha ha!
I saw this on a wooden sign at a store in Chicago recently:
She believe she could, so she did
Yep, you're right. I bought it.
I'm excited to get to this next stage (production) and then head back to my keyboard and my office/study at home to work on the sequel to Midnight Playground, finish Purg-A-Tory and my transporter series.
I've treated myself to an upstairs study. I kicked the Rockstar to the basement and moved the Sage to another room so I could have my own library/office/study. I feel like a proper grownup now. The Rockstar protested initially, but I think he kind of likes his mini apartment. Of course, I have to remind myself that the putrid smell coming from the basement is of his soccer cleats and not a dead animal. He'll be off to college in twelve months. I'll miss him, but not that smell.
Oh and it's been three years since my surgery and I'm still cancer-free!!!! More on that in future posts.
Below is a picture I took of the Ferris Wheel in Seattle! Yeah, I've been vacationing a bit as well as writing and editing. I'll post pics from our absolutely beautiful hikes in Oregon and Seattle, Washington soon.