Back Blurb Copy for My Book – Harbinger

This is what I currently have for my back blurb for my book. I’d love some feedback. Does it make you want to read the book? How does it sound?

Harbinger – The Bleeding Worlds Book One

Seventeen year old Gwynn Dormath likes to keep his head down. He’s been hurt in the past, and he figures if the world doesn’t notice him, he’s less likely to lose anything more.

Trouble is, the girl he’s crushed on for the past couple years suddenly decides to ask him out for Halloween. Despite all the alarms going off in his head, he says yes. It sucks when the alarms are right.

A prank literally explodes and Gwynn finds himself imbued with powers he doesn’t understand and can’t control.

So much for going unnoticed.

Gods of old, angels of death, and creatures of myth start arriving in Gwynn’s small suburban town, and they’re all focusing on him. He’s no hero. He has no love for the world. But he just might be the only one who can save it.

When is the Right Time to Announce Your Book?

Having sat and read most of my first novel, I’ve realised that with the edits I’ve made, and the edits I see, that the book is worth releasing. And yes, I want to tell the whole story, so every six months or so, another book will come out.

But what I wonder is, at what point do I announce the book? At what point do I put it into Goodreads and make myself into an Author profile? My current plan is to edit the book in July, but to give myself some space for critiques and further edits, I want to release in October. So when should I put it into Goodreads?

Do I wait until it’s ready for release? Or do I give myself a deadline so I need to stick to it?

I’m wondering what other writers think/do. This is one post I’d really appreciate feedback on.

My thinking right now is that I should put the book into Goodreads in July when I see how my edits are going; about the time I send it out to beta readers.  This way, there’s some time to build awareness of the book, and it’s already close to being a complete work, so making the deadline I set is much more likely.

So, what are your thoughts? When is the right time to tell the world your book is going to be born?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts. I’ve posted this same question to all my social networks and if I get a decent response, I’ll do a follow-up post.

Camp NaNoEMo (National Novel Editing Month)

My laptop is several years old and starts to hack and wheeze when I try to do things like, say, use iTunes. I decided to clean it out; store files on an external hard drive, uninstall programs I haven’t launched in a year or more, etc.

While strolling down forgotten and neglected lane, I stumbled on my first novel. Anyone who has been here a while will recall I wrote it under the working name The Veil. I had started doing edits, reaching almost half way before leaving it to begin work on my NaNoWriMo book, Gloom,  in November 2011.

For fun, I loaded the file and started reading the last chapters I edited and pushed ahead a bit into those chapters that had not yet been polished. A funny thought occurred to me, This isn’t too bad.

So while I prep my Camp NaNoWriMo book, Rebus, for June, I have decided to dub July Camp NaNoEMo (National Novel Editing Month).

In the same way that WriMo seeks to have me write a book in one month, I will endeavor to edit a book in one month in July. The Veil was twenty-eight chapters long. I’m currently on chapter 12 in my edits. So that leaves sixteen chapters to edit. Given July is thirty-one days, that’s almost a precise one-chapter-every-two-days ratio.

I would love to get in a routine of every-other-month of writing and editing. I seem to work better with set goals and deadlines. Since Camp NaNoEMo is my own creation, it is only you wonderful people who read my blog/tweet/facebook posts that can keep me honest. I will post my edit point and new word count every-other day.

As a caveat, expect my word count to grow as I edit The Veil. My first beta reader stated that it read too much like a script and needed more fleshing out, so that’s what I’ll be doing.

August will bring another Camp NaNo which will then mean September will be my fall session of EMo (hopefully for the book I will be writing in June). And then October will be a month of writing Gloom and then November, well, I guess I’ll have to double up on writing months, but that’s fine. It’s a roadmap at the very least.

So these are my writing plans. I ask you all to please keep me honest and working through these next couple of months. My goal was to have something published in 2012. If I stay true to the plan I have here, that could happen. Maybe I’ll even have two works see the light of day.

So how about you? Do you need a plan and a group of people to help you stick to it?

Camp NaNoWriMo!

In less than 48 hours, June will be upon us. And with it will come Camp NaNoWriMo!

Just like the usual event that takes place in November, the goal is to write 50,000 words of a novel (or complete a novel of those words or more) within the month. That works out to roughly 1,667 words per day for the 30 days of the month.

As some of you may know, I participated in the November NaNoWriMo for the first time in 2011 and fell short of the goal by approximately 6,500 words. Which, while being disappointing, was still a huge win for me as I’d never written so much in such a short time. Using some of the lessons learned in November, I’m doing my best to be even more prepared for June.

In this case, Scrivener has become my best writing friend. It’s allowed me to brainstorm like mad, lay out scenes and build character sketches of the major players. Having used Scrivener for a year or more now, I have no idea how I ever wrote without it.

In any case, this will be the first major writing I’ve done since November. It was so easy in the hoopla of holidays to neglect writing in December and I’ve just been in a slump ever since. Still, my new idea, that I’ve given the working title of Rebus, has me very excited. It’s been hard not to jump the gun and start writing 🙂

So how about it my fellow word lovers, are you going to camp? I’ll be doing more regular posts as well as some vlogs as I work through the month. My hope (dream?) is to finish Rebus in June and then write its sequel during Camp NaNoWriMo’s August session.

Wish me luck folks. And if you’re participating, I wish you all the best and would love to know so I can follow your blog/vlog/tumbler/twitter/etc, so go ahead and post it in the comments!