As a genre-hopping author (horror/thrillers/comedy/mystery), I have published twelve novels. But something was missing from my writerly life. I felt a severe need to sell out. Bound to happen, just...
With the contracts signed, I can now officially tell folks that SPORE sold to Samhain Publishing for release next summer.
I am utterly DELIGHTED and still swooning after more than a week. Wooohooo!!
However, with a book scheduled for release next summer, I now have roughly fourteen gazillion things to do ASAP.
I need a real website, something more google-able than this blog and my Facebook page, but I’m dropping Siler from my name, and there are already folks using TamaraJones dot com and dot net. I need a new site name idea. Not sure if I want to expand upon my actual name or go with something completely different, ala Chuck Wendig’s Terribleminds. I’d better decide soon, though. Within the next week or so, at least. Get a domain name, find and pay for a host, get it designed, up, and running. Whee!
Marketing. Holy crapbuckets, there’s a lot to do there. Like conventions/conferences. I’ve already contacted ICON (it’s in Cedar Rapids Halloween weekend) and I’ll be on at least two panels there. ComicCon is coming to Des Moines next summer, and I’ve contacted them, too. Plus there’s DemiCon in Des Moines, Archon in St. Louis, Bouchercon, Minicon, ConStellation, and anything else I can scrounge up within reasonable driving distance. I hope Michele is ready to travel!
Along with cons, there are web ads, tweets, posts, some printed things, contacting book fairs, reviewers, blog tours, writing group visits, setting up interviews, and surely tons of stuff I haven’t thought of yet .
I did a small round of edits this weekend – easy peasy formatting stuff – have filled out forms and questionnaires from the publisher, wrote back cover copy, and I’m staring at June 2015 penciled in on my calendar with a mixture of excitement and exhaustion. It’s only nine months away. Nine months! It’s gonna fly past.
But it’s going to be freaking amazing. Everyone will finally get to meet Sean, Mare, Mindy, Todd, and Ghoulie.
Go Ghoulie, and GO SPORE!!