It was a lovely trip, and I miss it already. Besides the obvious amazingness of visiting Wine Country with some of my very best friends, there was sunshine. The air was dry. Whereas two seconds after I got out of National Airport and took off my sweater because of the hot sticky humidity, I was bitten by a mosquito. Hello, DC! Plus, I'm jet-lagged. Send coffee!
On the other hand, I'm excited to be back because ... TORCHED releases on Monday! As in, next week! Before I left for the trip, I ordered a hard-copy proof of the paperback, so fingers crossed that it arrives soon so I can approve it before Launch Day.
Here is the full jacket of the paperback, with back cover copy and a barcode and everything!
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I can't wait to hold it in my hands :) [if you're new, find out more about Torched on the My Books page]
Now that I'm back, I'm taking stock of ALL THE THINGS on my to-do list. I've already tested out e-versions of the book in .mobi and .epub format, but I need to export them again and do one last pass to proofread and make sure the conversion didn't wonkify the text.
That's just item one of many. I also need to order promo items like bookmarks and business cards, and get my act together for next week's blog tour. Plus register as a business in VA so I can get a sales tax ID (so I can sell paperback copies to everyone who requested one at my launch party next week. PS if you are in the DC area and want to be at the launch party but didn't get the invite, let me know and I'll add you!).
I will admit I am trying without much success to find some zen about the upcoming launch - the idea that you all will get to meet Rose and read her story makes my chest tight and my heart seize up with a panicky mixture of pride and terror. Deep breaths help. So does the gym, which also needs to happen to counteract all that cheese and wine from the last five days! *adds gym to To-Do List*
So basically, I'm a jet-lagged bundle of nerves, but am also SO EXCITED!
See you all Monday! Start that drum-roll ... :-D