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Progress Update – Book Cover News AND Beta Reader News!

This has been one busy, hectic, and MAD week, let me tell ya! Everything happened!

On Monday, DesignForWriters began the work on my book’s cover. I can’t tell you for how long exacly I grinned like an idiot after seeing the email, but it was a while. I was at work at the time so people probably avoided me because of that.


Then, after driving myself like a slave for the past two weeks, I finished editing Rise of the Sparrows on Wednesday this week. I called for beta readers on here, twitter and my facebook page on the same day, and your interest in taking this step with me has been overwhelming. I did not expect that many responses! So, after having said that I was hoping for five to seven beta readers and no more than ten, I ended up with twelve. And I’m still waiting to hear back from a couple of people. So that didn’t work out.

I never thought I’d have to turn people down. To those of you who saw the post too late or who I had to say no to – maybe you’d consider writing an early review in return for an Advanced Reader Copy? πŸ™‚ I’ll be sending those out next month around the 14th, but it’s never too early to let me know if you’re interested! You saw what happened with my beta readers, so get in early. I’ll be handing out five to seven (hmmm, this feels familiar), and one spot has already been claimed!

But let’s move on.

Today I’ll try to be a big girl, get as much courage together as I can muster, and ask some of my favourite authors for endorsements. I’ve been in nervous jitters all week, so maybe I’ll pass out instead before I can hit ‘send’. We’ll see.

Deep breath, girl. You can do this. You can be a big girl.


Oh Gawd.

I may have been tempted to add ‘shitting myself’ to this post’s tags.

So that’s how this week has gone so far, and it’s only Friday morning! Yes, I could have edited more before approaching betas, but if we wait until I’m 100% satisfied with my draft we’ll have been invaded by aliens three times over before I move on. I did what I could on my own. Words have begun to blur and lose meaning. You know it’s time to stop when you consider changing ‘they were too common’ to ‘they were inconsequential’. (don’t worry, I didn’t – I cut it altogether) Or when you realise that the season has changed from deep winter to warm spring when your characters have only travelled for a few days so you change it, but then you look outside and consider changing it back again because that’s totally what’s happening here.

Next week there won’t be a progress update. It’s half term here, and me and my SO have booked the entire week off. I can’t wait to just relax a little, and nervous about not doing any editing or writing for one full fudging week. How do people manage?? Get in touch if you know. And send me some of your courage while you’re at it, so I can beg ask for endorsements today.

I’ve got posts scheduled but might not be able to drop in as often. The only exceptions I know I’ll make are for my beta readers and the wonderful people who are working on my cover. Prepare yourselves for one hell of a cover reveal in one month or so!

Now, time to be a big girl.


A wonderful weekend to you all!



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  1. On Courage and Perseverance (Or Go fer-it!!)

    Health Warning: The following advice in this format. is not (to the writer’s personal knowledge) endorsed by anyone, anyhow, anyway, except the writer. Do not use with caution.

    Head down and charge.
    Repeat to yourself ‘I am me. I have a voice.’
    Remember: Once you have put your book ‘Out There’. It is there and there it will remain. You have added to the history of Humanity. They cannot take that away from you.
    Back-up mantra: “Hey! I did it!!”
    Response to critics (The polite version). ‘Yeh? So you can do any better?’

    My motto: Keep on Keeping On.

    Best wishes and good luck

    (If you need any UK-based advanced readers let me know)

    • I’m adding to the history of humanity, eh? That doesn’t exactly calm my nerves πŸ˜›

      Thank you for the pep-talk – I may have to print your comment and stick it to my screen, in case I need another! πŸ™‚

      I don’t mind where my advanced readers come from, and would love to send you a copy. I’ll send them out next month around the 14th, once my betas are done and the professional edit begins πŸ™‚ I’ll make a note of your name for now, and will be in touch closer to the time πŸ™‚ Thanks for the offer!

      • Don’t worry. Adding to the History of Humanity in the cause of literature is a good and just thing to do…keep on keeping on.
        Glad the words were a help.
        Will be willing to help in anyway.

  2. I was annoyed with myself for missing out on the call! I saw the tweet but missed the post!
    Would love a ARC if the opportunity is out there :p
    I am sure you will have amazing feedback and it is hard to relax and not write…I always find myself itching to write and then making notes. Just clear your mind, that sometimes helps and drink lots of tea :p

    • Wonderful, thank you. I’ve added your name to my list of ARCs πŸ™‚ I’ll be in touch with you again closer to the time πŸ™‚
      So far the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Some of my betas are really going to town on it, but it’s reassuring that they want to continue and that they’re enjoying it despite all the stuff that annoys them πŸ™‚ The final version will be so much better thanks to them.
      It was hard not to write. I actually did do a little bit of fun writing, just for myself and to get my fingers to stop itching.

      • So happy to hear that I have been included in the ARCs πŸ™‚
        Sounds like you have kept yourself busy and so glad to hear that the beta readings went well πŸ˜€

  3. I would have liked to have beta read for you but my schedule is super tight now. Can’t wait to see the cover. πŸ™‚

    • No worries, there’s always next time if you’d like to do it then πŸ™‚ Hope everything is going well for you and you’ve left yourself room to breathe!

      • Thank you. πŸ™‚ I would like to next time. *shakes fist at schedule*. Sometimes I wish, for a moment, I could go back and not have to be so busy and instead spend time reading or playing a game.

  4. So much excitement! I love how you got such an overwhelming response πŸ™‚ It is all very very well deserved!! Don’t worry. Be brave. Take a deep breath. Believe in yourself and in your story πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to get started on it!!

    • Thank you, Faith, you’re cheering keeps me going <3 I really did get a huge response (well, not huge but still far more than I'd expected) and the replies from my betas now are encouraging, too.

  5. I’m nervous and excited already at the prospect of having a cover designed for my novel — even though I only have the first draft written. If I got that e-mail saying they were on it, i’d be giddy! I’m excited for you. πŸ™‚ Enjoy the weekend!

    • I was pretty giddy ^^ Most cover designers will book you several momnths in advance if they are busy, so you don’t want to leave it to the last minute πŸ˜‰ I booked mine back in November.

  6. Also — while I will not be in the least offended if you’d rather not accept — I’d like to nominate you for the 3 Quotes in 3 Days Challenge. If you do accept the challenge, you write a blog post about a quote on three consecutive days (a different quote for each post — one that you like or dislike), and you nominate 3 bloggers on each of those days for the same challenge. I’m only on Day 2, and so far the writing of the blog post is the easy part, because I’m not sure how my nominees feel about being nominated, and I’m loathe to pile more work on people who might already have full plates. πŸ˜‰ In any case, whether you accept or not, have a good Valentine’s Day and weekend. πŸ™‚

    • I actually used to post quotes on this blog but stopped at the end of last year πŸ™‚ Thank you for thinking off me, but I’ll have to decline I’m afraid. I just don’t do quotes on here anymore, and the original quote slot has been taken over by something else.
      Thank you! I hope you had a good one, too πŸ™‚

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