So the cat’s out of the bag on Facebook today, and it’s been quite exhilarating!
I made a couple of big announcements there, and I’m thrilled to share them with you here as well.
First and foremost, the novel is finished. Done. Completed. Final Draft-Hit Save.
It’s been edited and proofed by a professional editor. It’s been vetted and critiqued by beta readers. Revised and tweaked. Cover Art designed. Book Formatted. Ready to go. Available for sale in a matter of weeks. (Cue confetti streamers and loud, raucous laughter and applause here!) Woohoo!!!!!
Please allow me a moment to feel completely invigorated before the mammoth project of marketing and promotion seeps in. I have accomplished a life goal that I set in my third-grade diary and have been working on in various ways ever since! Wow! A full-length novel.
Of course, I didn’t do it alone…and there’s a ton of people to thank. So many that my acknowledgments page in the book stretched out to two pages. And I still probably missed a name or two!
But it’s finished. And I like it. I’m proud of it. And I hope you all will like it, too.
Another exciting tidbit of news is the creation of a pen name. It turns out my own name was a little more common on-line and in author world than I knew! So to avoid any confusion moving forward, I will publish books under the name Violet Howe.
Don’tcha just love it? It has an old-fashioned, vintage, romantic feel. And since purple has always been my signature color, Violet is ever so fitting!
In addition to all the hubbub related to publishing, the last few weeks have also been a whirlwind of creating an identity. Facebook page, twitter account, website design, and all the legalities of doing business as a name other than your own. Building all of these accounts is important as I’m trying to build a brand. Social media marketing will play a big part in the release of my book, but so will my new website. After recently having my website done, I’ll be looking to try and increase my website traffic to draw more people over to see my novel. I’ve got a couple of ideas of how to do this, but one of my friends suggested that I could consider using an agency like Victorious to help me increase the traffic to my new website. By using search engine optimization, they should be able to help my website rank higher and attract more customers to look at my new novel.
This journey has been simply incredible. I have learned so much about writing, publishing, genres, reviews, marketing, taxes, and royalties. But the greatest lesson I have learned is how amazing the people around you can be. I have received so much love, support, enthusiasm, and encouragement. I am blown away, and I do not have the words to properly express how grateful I am.
I’ll be releasing a sneak preview of the cover within a week, and I think you’re going to love it. I’ll also be putting out a brief summary to tell you what the book’s about, and there’ll be a new author website debut for Violet Howe to correlate with the Facebook site that premiered today.
I should also have an official release date for you within the next two weeks, but the target is the second week in July. Once I have that date, I can give you all the details on how to get your own copy!
This is so much fun, y’all. I can’t hardly stand it!
So stay tuned for all the excitement. And if you haven’t had a chance to visit the Violet Howe Author page on Facebook, pop on over and click LIKE!