Monday, October 29, 2012

Ketchup Time!

Ketchup Cup by by EvelynGiggles
Oops! I meant to say “catch up” time. It’s been so long since we’ve had one of these posts, I tripped over the words. ;)

Now, I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve had a busy couple of months. Copy edits, content edits, proofs, etc. It was like living inside a publishing whirlwind—deadlines and documents flying every which way—but you know what? I kind of liked it...

The process refined my book until it sparkled like a bare-chested vampire.[1] That’s something I could’ve never accomplished on my own. Plus, it gave me something I didn’t have four months ago: confidence. I’m excited for you guys to read Strength, though I know not all of you will love it. Heck, if nothing else, just let me hold it up in March and say, “This. THIS is what I’ve been working on for the past couple of years. It’s real!” ;)

For those of you who’ve asked, SSP has been fantastic. Honestly, I have no complaints. They’re a well-oiled machine—communicative, organized, and hungry. You’d think that level of efficiency would make them cold, but it’s the complete opposite. The pub has this down-to-earth, family vibe going on. It’s great!

Anyway, enough about me. How are you?


What’ve you been working on lately? :)

Have a great week, guys!
1. Just to clarify, there are no vampires in my book. I was being silly.

54 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

I'm happy to hear everything is moving along with Strength! :D

JeffO said...

I've had about a week of noodling, polishing and sending out a couple of short stories, now it's time to get back to writing...something.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Looking forward to your book! I'm working on edits for CassaStorm again.

Nick Wilford said...

That's great you're all ready for publication! My WIP has been kind of frozen with one and a half chapters left of the initial edit, but I've been busy fundraising for my stepson's college fund, and we've been away. Hopefully NaNo will reinvigorate me - back to basics!

ilima said...

So excited for Strength! I'm just doing the edit thing back and forth with the agent lady and prepping for Nano. 3 days!!!

prerna pickett said...

great to know all is going well with your publication!

Natasha Hanova said...

I'm so excited for you, Carrie. Can't wait to get my copy of Strength!

And I couldn't agree more about SSPub. They truly embrace their authors and I'm proud to call myself your SSPub sister.

Victoria Smith said...

There are to vamps in your book *stomps foot* lol. J/K. I'm just finishing proof reading for TCH and Holiday Fling. My eyes burn and I'm sure you feel the pain. Cheers to a mellow week my friend :D

Melissa said...

I don't see how anyone couldn't love Strength. It's a great book with a little something for everyone. :)

Counting down to March 7th... :D

L.G.Smith said...

Exciting stuff. And that's a good kind of busy. March will be here before you know it!

Nancy Thompson said...

I canNOT wait until Strength comes out & I get to read all the changes! I agree about SSP. I think it's b/c it's run by women. And one is an author. They are truly tuned in & well oiled. It love it there! As for me, I read my book, the paperback, which was surreal, for the VERY LAST TIME. I've finally picked up my outline again & will work on book 2. It's about time! You know, Carrie, you'll read your book again, in paperback. There's nothing quite like it! I'm glad your happy & confident now. Strength is an awesome story!

cleemckenzie said...

Onward, Carrie and good luck with the rest of the process. Sounds like you have it all going the way you want. That is wonderful.

It's good to be back from vacation, but I really enjoyed that break!

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Kyra! :) Have you recovered from your release/bloghop yet?

Carrie Butler said...

Sounds productive! :) Good luck switching gears!

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Alex!

And good luck with your edits! If no one stopped me, I'd probably edit my book down to five sentences over a span of ten years... *grins*

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Your book is gonna shine, Carrie. And honestly, nobody needs to see if your chest is as shiny as a vampires... oh, you meant... oh.

Go get em!

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Joylene! :)

Hah! Don't worry. I won't go THAT far to sell a book!

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Nick!

Hey, family comes first. You gotta do what you gotta do. :) Good luck with NaNo!

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Ilima! :D Oo, I hope your edits are going well. Good luck with NaNo!

Carrie Butler said...

Hey, Prerna! I've missed seeing you around here. :) I hope all is well!

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Natasha! I'm proud to call myself your SSPub sister, too. :D

P.S. You'll be doing all of this soon. And the world will be one step closer to Edge of Truth!

Carrie Butler said...

Ladies & gents, Victoria Smith tells lies. LOL

Oo, did you get it all done? I bet! Go feast on some eye-candy to rest them. ;)

Carrie Butler said...

D'aww... thanks, Melissa! :D

Carrie Butler said...

It is! :) Thanks for stopping by, L.G.!

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Nancy!

You make a good point about SSP. Maybe that's why they're so attentive and detail-oriented. :) Woohoo for reading your paperback one last time. That has got to feel great.

Hurry up and write the next book. I'm waiting! ;)

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Lee! :) We're glad to have you back around the blogosphere!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Edits. Again? Still? I have to get it to my editor by Wednesday, so I can focus on NaNo on Thursday. lol

Carrie Butler said...

You can do it, Donna! :D

Jeff Hargett said...

It's great to hear you've had a wonderful experience with your publisher and that you're pleased with the results. Confidence is so essential, yet so difficult for many to achieve. Let me extend to you congratulations on your accomplishment and my wish for much success.

jamieayres.com said...

Ah yes, edits edits edits has been my life of late. I hope mine shines as brightly as yours when it's all done so it'll be worth it:-)

Lisa Regan said...

I can't wait for Strength to come out! I am making everyone I know read it! Well you know I've been working on edits. I'm also critting for some people (really good books too), getting ready for my launch, working full time, and enjoying the heck out of my precocious little five year old!

Jessie Humphries said...

The vampire analogy really worked for me! In glad to hear you're having such a positive publishing experience!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Me? Writing, writing, writing. And loving it of course. Especially with Nano coming up.

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you so much, Jeff! I really appreciate it. :)

[Note] For those of you who don't know, Jeff has an anthology coming out soon. Spells: Ten Tales of Magic!

Carrie Butler said...

It will, Jamie. I'm positive! :)

Summer Lane said...

I'm so excited for your book! :D As for myself, I'm just finishing writing my own novel. Hoping to release it by December or the early months of 2013.

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Lisa! :D

Whew! Sounds like you've got a lot on your plate. More than a lot, actually. That's buffet-style multi-tasking, right there!

Carrie Butler said...

I'm glad it worked for someone! ;) Thanks, Jessie!

Carrie Butler said...

Awesome! :D Good luck, Sheena-kay!

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Summer! :) Oo, that will be awesome. We're going to have so many books from NA Alley sisters in the coming months. I can't wait!

Emily R. King said...

It's wonderful to hear how you are doing, Carrie. I can't imagine how glorious it must feel to be done with editing and revising. It's too bad I have to wait a whole four months to read your fab story! I'm really looking forward to it. :)

Tara Tyler said...

sounds like it's moving right along! looking so forward to it coming out! woot!

Clare said...

I can only imagine how busy you are, but I'm glad everything is moving in the right direction for the release of Strength - I'm very much looking forwards to reading it. Also glad to know you're getting along well with SSP, and that they've become like a family. That's always great to hear about a publisher. :D

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you so much, Empress King! :) It does feel good, but it's a little unnerving. I can't adjust/tweak things anymore. *gulp*

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks, Tara! :) In a couple of years, after we both have books out, you and I are going to find an Ohio conference!

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, Clare! You have no idea how much I appreciate the shout-outs on Twitter about Strength. I haven't had time to keep it out there, so to speak, and you've been amazing. :D

Kelley Lynn said...

Your month sounds like mine!!!

And your publisher sounds like mine!

Oh wait... it is mine! :) haha. And since our release dates are like two weeks apart, it only makes sense we're in the crazy editing phase together.

Can't wait for Strength! And you're spot on. SSP is a well oiled family ;)

Carrie Butler said...

Is it sick that I just laughed at "well-oiled family" for, like, three minutes? LOL

Sorry, sorry...

Ahem. I'm glad we're in the same boat, Kelley! It's nice to have a friend jumping the same hurdles. :)

Emily R. King said...

I think that would a relief as well as nerve-wracking. I like the safety net of an "undo" button. I think life should always come with one!

Carrie Butler said...

I agree!

Julia King said...

How exciting! I'm glad you've enjoyed your edits. Years of work are about to unfold for you. Woot! Congrats.

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you so much, Julia! :D

Mark Murata said...

I've written a humorous urban fantasy called "Homeschooling Slayer" that I'm shopping around. Hopefully, it's unique enough to sell to agents and editors who are getting a lot of vampire manuscripts.

Carrie Butler said...

That's great, Mark! :) Best of luck!